Gerald Thomas Chair Current Recipient

Don Blayney

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Don Blayney is the FY 2014 Gerald Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University.

Prior to taking this position he spent 25 years with the Economic Research Service of the USDA. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from Westminster College, Pennsylvania, a M.A. in Economics from New Mexico State University, and a Ph. D. in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University. His primary research interests are commodity production and marketing, specifically those related to the U.S. dairy industry.

Of special interest are U.S. dairy policy and its ramifications, supply chain issues, including farm-level production, and consumer demand for milk and dairy products.

More recently he has explored the role of the U.S. in international dairy trade.