Kevin Barnes was named NASS acting administrator in July 2020. Before this appointment, Kevin served as the NASS associate director. He has nearly 40 years of service with NASS. In addition to serving in several leadership positions in NASS, Barnes has also served key detail assignments, within the REE Mission Area, USDA, and with Congressional staff. Barnes’ work with NASS began as a co-op student in South Carolina and North Carolina NASS field offices. After graduating summa cum laude from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in agricultural economics and a concentration in agricultural business, he began his career as an agricultural statistician in the NASS Florida and Illinois field offices.
Session Title: Digitization within the food supply chain — the impact of the pandemic
David Zilberman has been a professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department since 1979 where he holds the Robinson Chair. He is the cofounder and co-director of the BEAHRS Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), and is the director of the Master of Development Practice (MDP). David writes both for professional journals and the general public, and aims to integrate economic theory to real world problems in both developed and developing countries. He is also an extension specialist, and co-editor of ARE Update.
David is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He has published in various fields on the Economics of agriculture, environment, technology and risk, and is most proud of his students and collaborators (we will provide the link to page on personal blog that includes all past students and post docs, we are still working on it). David completed his B.A. in Economics and Statistics from Tel Aviv University in Israel and his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from U.C. Berkeley.
Session Title: SeeTree- the Intelligence Platform for Trees!
Former ranking general, serving for more than 30 years in the Israeli defense establishment. A leader and a highly skilled strategist. Expert in constructing and applying operations, technology and analytic processes to get to the higher ground. While serving was active in the international arena, running complex campaigns in specialized domains of expertise, and coping with different cultures and environments.
Session Title: Powering efficient, predictable and sustainable agri-food value chains
Experienced Vice President of Sales & Business Development with a demonstrated history of working in the SaaS industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning and Analytical Skills. Has a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and another Master focused in Social Sciences and Humanitarian Affairs from Sapienza Università di Roma.
Scott H. Irwin
Session Title: Changing Times and Changing Attitudes: The Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Digital Extension Programs
Dr. Scott H. Irwin holds the Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Irwin is a national and international leader in the field of agricultural economics. His research on commodity markets is widely-cited by other academic researchers and is in high demand among market participants, policymakers, and the media.
Irwin is best known for his work on commodity market speculation and biofuels markets. He has been an active participant in the world-wide debate about the impact of financial index investment in commodity markets, popularly known as “financialization.” He is also one of the foremost experts on biofuels markets and policy, writing and speaking frequently on the economics of ethanol and biodiesel, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and RINs markets.