Dr. Daryll E. Ray is the Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy, professor of agricultural and resource economics and director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center (APAC) at the University of Tennessee. Since coming to Tennessee in 1991, he has established and developed APAC into a highly respected center that has developed working relationships with government agencies, national federal laboratories, other universities and non-government organizations (NGOs).
Dr. Ray was raised on a general crop and livestock farm in Central Iowa. He received his B.S. in farm operations in 1965 and his PhD in economics in 1971 at Iowa State University. His PhD dissertation resulted in the first econometric, commodity-by-commodity policy simulation model of U.S. agriculture.
Dr. Ray is the author of hundreds of journal articles and other publications. He has delivered over 350 presentations on policy and economic issues to a wide array of regional, national, and international audiences. He has made invited presentations in China, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, England, Italy, France, Belgium and Switzerland. At their request, he has testified numerous times before Senate and House Agriculture Committees and before Presidential Commissions on Twenty-First Century Agriculture and Payment Limitations. He has testified before Congress as part of the debate for each farm bill during the last twenty years.
An important portion of his work focuses on the nature of agricultural markets, including non-economic as well as economic and political forces that influence those markets. An influential APAC publication entitled “Rethinking U.S. Agricultural Policy: Changing Course to Secure Farmer Livelihoods Worldwide” details APAC’s analysis framework for analyzing national and international agricultural policy and other public policy and economic issues.
Dr. Ray writes a weekly column with APAC’s Harwood Schaffer that is published weekly in agricultural newspapers with over 300,000 subscribers. The columns are also accessed on APAC’s website by visitors from over 50 countries, totaling over half a million hits per year.