Brian Earnest

Lead Economist, Animal Protein

Brian Earnest

Brian Earnest is lead economist for animal protein in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division. He provides market and industry research for the poultry, pork and beef sectors.

Mr. Earnest has more than 10 years of industry and consulting experience. Prior to joining CoBank, he was senior commodity analyst, poultry, with IHS Markit’s Food and Agricultural Commodities Economics group. Mr. Earnest provided forecasting and price risk strategies, client service, as well as project consulting in the poultry and egg space. He previously held various procurement and advisory roles with Topco Associates, LLC, a retail food industry cooperative.

Mr. Earnest holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in economics from Eastern Illinois University.

Recent Reports

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U.S. Animal Protein Needs Trade Negotiators Back at the Table

For more than a decade, free trade has become decidedly less popular in the U.S. Unfortunately for U.S. meat exporters, the rest of the world continues to make headway on trade agreements that threaten to put U.S. producers at a disadvantage in global markets.

The Quarterly: Adapting to Persistent Supply Disruptions

Businesses of all sizes and across most industries are wrestling with perhaps the worst supply chain bottlenecks to date