Ben LaineSenior Economist, Dairy Processing and Production
As a senior economist focusing on the dairy industry for CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, Ben Laine produces insightful research on current and future risks and opportunities in the industry as well as long-range outlooks, providing a resource both to the bank internally and to customers of the bank. Over the course of his career, he has held positions that exposed him to many facets of the dairy industry, from the farm, to the trading floor of the CME, to retail and export markets.
Before coming to CoBank, Mr. Laine developed risk management programs and produced market outlooks at Agri-Mark and Cabot Cheese, a dairy cooperative in the Northeast. He has served on the board of directors of Dairy America, a national milk powder-exporting cooperative and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in resource economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
A New Era of Dairy Price Cycles
Rising Output Compressing Agricultural Margins
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Trade War Rhetoric Shifts to Reality
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