Will SecorEconomist, Grain and Farm Supply
Will Secor is an economist in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research division, focusing on grain, oilseed, farm supply, and biofuel industries. Dr. Secor identifies and analyzes the impacts of strategic challenges, risks and opportunities in these industries, providing strategic insights for internal and external stakeholders. Prior to joining CoBank in 2017, Dr. Secor was a faculty member in Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business delivering professional development programs to agribusiness industry professionals.
Dr. Secor holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Virginia Tech in Agricultural & Applied Economics, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Applied Economics.
The Year Ahead for the U.S. Rural Economy in 2019
The U.S. economy is still performing well by most key measures. However, consumers, investors, companies and other market participants have become more wary about the near-term future with seemingly good reason.
Q1 2019: Agriculture Limps into 2019
Grain Elevator Outlook 2018/2019
Trade disputes and large fall crops have been the major drivers of grain markets this year. Both factors have contributed to wider carry and weakened basis.
Part of the rural labor shortage story is best told through statistics and trends. But to gain a more full picture of how labor challenges are affecting businesses, it is best to hear directly from those meeting the challenges head on.
The risk of an escalating trade war is the greatest threat to the U.S. and agricultural economies in the near term. Nearly 70 percent of U.S. agricultural exports are sold to destinations that are under active negotiations or embroiled in trade disputes.