He previously served on faculty at Purdue University and Mississippi State University. Dr. Lusk has published more than 115 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals on topics related to economics, consumer behavior, and food marketing and policy. He serves on the editorial council for seven top academic journals, including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and the Journal of Consumer Affairs. He is a former director of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Dr. Lusk recently coauthored a book on consumer research methods, an undergraduate textbook on agricultural marketing and price analysis, and a book on the economics of animal welfare. He also coedited the Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy. His forthcoming book, Food Police, is slated for publication in 2013. He earned his B.S. in food technology from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Kansas State University.
Ricardo J. Salvador, Ph.D., is director and senior scientist in the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Earlier, he served as associate professor at Iowa State University, where he was the charter chair of the graduate program in sustainable agriculture. His specializations range from drought resistance mechanisms in the maize crop to advanced crop production techniques and global food issues. Dr. Salvador previously served as a program officer for food, health, and well-being with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s food system program. He earned his B.S. in general agriculture from the New Mexico State University and M.S. and Ph.D. in crop production from Iowa State University.
Katherine (Kitty) Smith, Ph.D., is vice president of programs and chief economist at the American Farmland Trust. She oversees research and policy development, and administers programs concerning farmland protection, food, agriculture, and the environment. Prior to joining American Farmland Trust, Dr. Smith served as administrator of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). She has held numerous other leadership positions within the ERS, including director of the resource economics and market and trade economics divisions. Dr. Smith also served as the first director of policy studies, pioneering cutting-edge concepts such as “green payments” and whole-farm conservation planning with the Henry A. Wallace Institution for Alternative Agriculture. She has served on several United Nations Expert Panels and chaired the Organization of International Cooperation and Development’s Joint Working Party on Agriculture and Environment. Her work has been published in books and scholarly journals throughout her career. Dr. Smith is a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics