Terry BarrSenior Director, Knowledge Exchange
Terry Barr, a nationally recognized agricultural economist, is senior director for the CoBank Knowledge Exchange Division, an information- and knowledge-sharing initiative created in 2009. Knowledge Exchange draws on the expertise and insights of customers, experts within the bank, and people from across the Farm Credit System to develop industry-specific strategic information and research.
Before joining Knowledge Exchange, Dr. Barr served as chief economist for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining NCFC, he held several positions during a 14-year tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served as chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board, which is responsible for coordinating the USDA commodity forecasts and for publishing its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. He also served in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture as director of economic analysis, where he prepared economic analyses and assessments of the impacts of alternative farm policy options and decisions.
Dr. Barr holds a doctorate in economics from Washington State University.
Part of the rural labor shortage story is best told through statistics and trends. But to gain a more full picture of how labor challenges are affecting businesses, it is best to hear directly from those meeting the challenges head on.
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