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Providing independent, credible, and timely policy analysis with respect to socially significant food and agricultural issues.

About The Institute

Alan Ker

The Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy is housed within the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, OAC, University of Guelph. Professor Alan Ker is the Director.

The mission of the Institute is to attract and educate competent students to food and agricultural economics. In addition, we provide independent, credible, and timely policy analysis with respect to socially significant food and agricultural issues. To that end, we host and co-host policy conferences, support FARETalk (podcast), support FAREShare (newsletter), provide commodity price forecasting, house efficiency benchmarking tools for producers, and finally develop and maintain commodity market models for "what if" policy analysis.



Upcoming Institute Events




Student Achievements


One of the primary drivers of the Institute is to attract and support students in the field of food and agricultural economics. On that note, we would like to congratulate Regan Artnz-Gray co-winner of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) 2016 Outstanding Masters thesis award and Rebecca Eslkamp winner of the CAES 2016 Outstanding Dissertation award (awarded once every three years). Ms. Arntz-Gray's thesis was titled "Economic Implications of a Changing Yield Weather Relationship". Ms. Elskamp dissertation was titled “Bidding Behaviour in Multi-Unit Auctions: Three Essays”. Both Regan and Rebecca received financial support from the Institute during their studies at Guelph.



Student Sponsorships


  • June 2017 - The Institute provided financial assistance for students to attend the 2017 Canadian Agricultural Economics Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, Ontario.
  • May 2017 - The Institute provided financial scholarships for students to attend the International Dairy Federation Economic Outlook Meeting, Guelph, Ontario.
  • January 2017 - The Institute provided financial scholarships for students to attend the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • January 2017 - The Institute financially sponsored the student policy paper competition at the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.


FARE Talk


https://www.uoguelph.ca/fare/FARE-talk/Brady Deaton

The FARE Talk initiative is the brainchild of Professor Deaton, where he interviews top scholars about issues of significant public interest.




FARE Share Newsletter


Newsletter

The FARE Share Newsletter's mission is to provide independent, credible, & timely policy analysis with respect to socially significant food & agricultural issues. FAREShare is edited by Professor Getu Hailu.

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To sign up to receive future issues of this Newsletter please contact Debbie Harkies (dharkies@uoguelph.ca)



Ask The FARE Economist


Do you have a burning economic question you would like answered by our FARE Economist? Click the following link and submit your question.



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Food and Agricultural Issues



Institute Outreach Activities




Debt in the Agriculture Sector and its Effects


Three Institute professors were invited to Parliament Hill to share important research that will help to shape effective public policy for Canadian agriculture. Brady Deaton, Alan Ker and Alfons Weersink each made testimonies to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in the House of Commons this spring. Currently, the Committee is studying the effects of debt in the agriculture sector.



NAFTA, Trump, and Trade




Recent Presentations


  • "Changing Climate, Technology, and Yield Volatilities", School of Agriculture and Food Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. March 2017
  • "The Fingerprint of Climate and Innovation on Yields", Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada, January 2017.
  • "Canadian Agricultural Public Policy: Trade, Climate Change, and Risk", Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. November 2016.
  • "Climate and Innovation Induced Yield Volatility", United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy. November 2016.


Selected Published Papers




In The News