Speakers: Industry Outlook

An agricultural economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Douglas Southgate has been a faculty member at Ohio State University since September 1980. Aside from numerous journal articles and other scholarly papers, he is the author of four books, including the second edition of The World Food Economy, coauthored by Douglas Graham and Luther Tweeten and published in 2011 by John Wiley. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Southgate has worked in seventeen Latin American, Caribbean, and African nations. He also has directed Ohio State's Latin American Studies Center and currently co-directs the university's Subsurface Energy Resource Center.

Paul Colman an owner-officer of Frontera Cattle Company, LLC, serving as its chief operating officer. He has been in the cattle feeding industry since 1970 and during those years he gained experience not only in the production side, but also in the marketing, risk management and customer side of the business. Paul served as Cattle Marketing Manager and Risk Manager for Cargill's cattle feeding division for seven years and was U.S. Supervisor for feedyards in Australia. Most recently Paul was an officer for Cactus Feeders, the second largest cattle feeding company, managing the customer side of their business. He was very involved in their formula grid basis marketing of cattle, as well as developing upstream alliances with cow-calf and grazer operators.

Actively involved with Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Paul also serves as chairman of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Cattle Marketing Committee He will lead the NCBA's team of industry thought innovators, economists, and producers in the upcoming Department of Justice Agriculture Anti-Competition Workshops. Paul has also been an industry leader against the mandatory nature of the government's enactment of the Country of Origin Labeling for beef which began March of 2009.

Paul attended the U.S. Navel Academy for three years and graduated from West Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Mathematics.

Dr. Gutierrez is a Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Economics at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Born and raised on a ranch near Grants, New Mexico, Dr. Paul has served at three land grant universities, Colorado State University, Washington State University and New Mexico State University.

Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Gutierrez served as Vice Provost for NMSU University Outreach and Engagement, and Associate Dean and Associate Director of New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension.

Before returning home to New Mexico, Paul served as Chair of the Washington State University Cooperative Extension in King County Washington where he provided leadership for the overall planning, and development of Extension Programs for King County's socially and economically diverse population. Not every one worked for Microsoft. Paul's passion is to work in the community "where the rubber meets the road", or the hoof hits the trail. Through his community and economic development work, Paul has proven to have a tireless commitment to the improvement of the quality of life for the young and old alike.

Stan Bevers is a Professor and Extension Economist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Rolling Plains District headquartered in Vernon, Texas. His current programming includes ranch management and analysis, agricultural business plan development and agricultural marketing. Prior to coming to Texas A&M University, he served as vocational agriculture instructor for the Carmen-Dacoma High School in Carmen, Oklahoma for five years. In 1982, he received his BS in Agricultural Education from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and his MS in Agricultural Economics in 1989, from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. In 2000, Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, recognized him for an Extension risk management program developed. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Extension Program Group Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association. In 1997, he earned the Accredited Farm Manager (AFM) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Dr. Ted McCollum is the Extension beef cattle specialist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo. From this location, McCollum serves the North Region (Panhandle, South Plains, Rolling Plains districts). In the north region, Dr. McCollum assists Texas AgriLife Extension Service county staff with educational programming, directs beef cattle programs for producers, provides assistance to cattle producers and industry groups, and conducts field research. At the state level, he assists with statewide programs and serves as a resource person for beef cattle nutrition and stocker cattle programs. Interests include production management of all phases of commercial cattle and beef production from rangeland and forage-based production systems to cattle feeding systems.

Dr. McCollum is a member of the animal nutrition section in the Department of Animal Science and the graduate faculty of Texas A&M University, as well as adjunct faculty at West Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. in Biology from Baylor University, his M.S. degree in Animal Science from New Mexico State University and his doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from New Mexico State University. He is a Professional Animal Scientist and Diplomate of the American College of Animal Nutrition in the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.