PROGRAM FACULTY

The profound academic insights and practical knowledge of the MS-MBA faculty foster a comprehensive and applied learning environment.

Purdue Faculty

Purdue instructors have substantial research records, as well as experience as consultants to corporations and government agencies.

Our Team

Brady Brewer

Associate Professor, Purdue University
Staff Bio

Brady Brewer

Brady Brewer is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Brady’s teaching responsibilities include the undergraduate agribusiness management course and the economics course in the MS-MBA. His research agenda includes the broader topics of agribusiness and profitability, agricultural finance, and production/supply chain issues at the farm level. His extension program includes educating farmers on credit concerns and lending, as well as working with the agricultural banks across the state. Courses that he has previously taught include the agribusiness management and agricultural finance courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Before joining the faculty at Purdue, Brady spent three years in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia. While there, he taught undergraduate courses in agribusiness management, agricultural finance and a graduate course in agricultural finance. Brady grew up on a family farm in Oklahoma that raised wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, and cattle. He received a B.S. in agricultural economics and accounting from Oklahoma State University and later earned both his M.S. and Ph.D from Kansas State University in agricultural economics.

Chad Fiechter

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Staff Bio

Chad Fiechter

Chad Fiechter joined Purdue University in the fall of 2023 as an assistant professor of agribusiness finance. Fiechter’s research interests include the financing of agricultural production, farm/agribusiness management, and agricultural policy. He is specifically interested in how information affects farm-level decision-making, such as the financing, producing, and marketing decisions of agricultural commodities.

Allan Gray

PROFESSOR, LAND O’LAKES CHAIR IN FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS, AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Staff Bio

Allan Gray

Allan joined the agricultural economics faculty at Purdue University in August 1998. Allan currently holds the position of Land O’Lakes Chair in Food and Agribusiness. He works with food and agribusiness managers across the U.S. and internationally providing industry insights and strategy facilitations.  He also teaches professional development seminars and workshops in the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue.  Allan also teaches strategic agribusiness management in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Allan’s research interests are agribusiness management, strategic planning, decision under uncertain innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Allan serves as the executive director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business (CAB). In this capacity, Allan provides strategic direction for the center helping to drive both executive education programming and Center research.  The center’s mission is to meet the needs of the industry in professional development in the areas of sales, marketing, finance, strategy, talent management, and leadership.

Allan also serves the executive director of the Digital Innovation in Agri-food Systems LAB (DIAL).  In this capacity, Allan provides strategic direction for market research and new business development.  Allan works with the annual cohort of DIAL Fellows to identify industry challenges and create new startup companies to bring digital innovation to the industry that helps improve transparency, traceability, efficiency, resiliency and food safety across the food system.

Allan has won numerous awards, including the American Agricultural Economics Association’s (AAEA) Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award, the Purdue University Dean’s Team Award and the United States Distance Learning Association’s Excellence in Distance Teaching Award. In 2012, he received the inaugural Early Career Leadership Award from the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators.

A native Texan, Allan and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters and a son.

Roman Keeney

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Staff Bio

Roman Keeney

Roman Keeney began his appointment with the agricultural economics faculty of Purdue University in August 2005 as assistant professor of farm and rural household economics. Prior to that Roman was a Ph.D. student in the Purdue AgEcon department. Roman’s research program explores how farm households and rural residents respond to and are impacted by changes to farm and farm related policies. Roman has worked extensively on the interaction between U.S. domestic farm programs and international trade barriers, focusing in particular on the distribution of gains and losses across the population of U.S. farmers. Recently, Roman has taken on Extension responsibilities for analysis and education of farm payment programs. In addition to research and Extension, Roman teaches the department’s undergraduate math programming course and graduate level production economics course.

Roman grew up on a cow-calf farm in central Kentucky and received a B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky in Biology. He subsequently completed B.S. and M.S. degree programs in Agribusiness Economics at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois before moving on to Purdue for his doctoral studies and initial faculty appointment. Roman and his wife, Lori, have two sons—Travis and Lucas.

Awards & Honors

Bottum-Kohlmeyer Award. (2010) Public Policy, Purdue University Dept of Ag. Econ..

COA Team Award. (2010).

Selected Publications

Keeney, R. M. (2015). Effective Price Comparison of New Farm Programs. 2. APEX Series Paper .

Keeney, R. M. (2015). Four Factors Which Will Determine Farm Commodity Program Choice. 3. APEX Series Paper .

Keeney, R. M. Empirical Investigation in Yield Response to Area Changes. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.

Keeney, R. M., & Remble, A. A. (2015). Feed Demand Modeling for Livestock Sectors. the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Keeney, R. M. Yield Response and Biofuels: Issues and Evidence on the Extensive Margin. Proceedings of the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economics.

Keeney, R. M. (2014). Outlook: Farm Bill Implementation. Purdue Agricultural Economics Report .

Keeney, R. M. (2014). The End of the Direct Payment Era in U.S. Farm Policy. 1. EC-774-W, APEX Series Paper.

Remble, A. A., Keeney, R. M., & Marshall, M. I. (2014). Household Saving Behavior and the Influence of Family Business. Journal of Family and Economic Issues , 35(3), pp. 411-422.

Keeney, R. M., & Ogle, T. (2014). Weighing Crop Program Alternatives in the 2014 Farm Bill. Purdue Agricultural Economics Report.

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