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Young Named American Farm Bureau Chief Economist

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2003 – American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Administrative Officer Dick Harris today announced that Robert E. Young II, one of the nation's foremost agricultural economists, has accepted the position of chief economist for the nation's largest farm organization.

"Bob Young brings to Farm Bureau a wealth of knowledge, experience and professional leadership in the areas of global agricultural policy and agricultural economics," Harris said. "His comprehensive understanding of the intricate mechanics of farm policy and how politics and economics play into that process will serve Farm Bureau members well."

Young will succeed Ross Korves, who currently serves as AFBF's chief economist. Korves has announced his intention to remain on staff in AFBF's suburban Chicago office, where he will serve as senior economist, after AFBF consolidates its office in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 1.

Young will begin his position with AFBF on Sept. 1. As chief economist for AFBF, Young will direct the organization's Economic Analysis Team, which conducts and coordinates economic research to support Farm Bureau public policy positions on topics such as farm policy, agricultural trade, regulatory costs, labor and taxation.

Young previously served as co-director for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri. FAPRI's mission is to provide objective analysis of food, agricultural, nutritional and environmental issues. FAPRI analysis has been used by members of Congress writing farm legislation, by negotiators working on trade agreements, and by agribusinesses, farmers, and the general public.

Specializing in the analysis of global agricultural policy, Young also served as a research associate professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri.

Young graduated in 1974 with a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1982, he received his M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1986, he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

From March 1987 through August 1991 he served as a chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. While on staff with the Senate Agriculture Committee, Young was active in the development of the 1990 farm bill as well as various budget and disaster assistance bills.


Contacts: Mace Thornton
Don Lipton