Next Generation

Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow

New for 2022, Farm Foundation is pleased to offer the opportunity for an outstanding early-career agricultural economist to join our team for one year as our first Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow.

Meet Dr. Amanda Countryman


Dr. Amanda Countryman, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University and a Teaching and Research Associate in the Center for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University, has been named Farm Foundation’s first Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow. Her research examines the economic implications of international trade, focusing specifically on the impact of trade reform on agriculture. She investigates issues related to trade policy, bilateral and multilateral trade partnerships, nontariff barriers to trade, trade issues related to livestock and meat sectors, as well as trade and the environment. She also teaches undergraduate, graduate and professional courses in international trade, agribusiness and agricultural economics.

Dr. Countryman completed her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the University of Arizona, Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University and doctorate in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, she was an Agricultural Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C.  She grew up on a cotton, cattle and alfalfa farm in Buckeye, Arizona where her family continues in production agriculture.

About the Trade Fellowship

The Agricultural Economics Trade Fellowship is a year-long program for one post-Ph.D. agricultural economist with a specialization in ag markets and trade. It includes the opportunity to be mentored and mentor, provide thought leadership through publications and speaking appearances, expand their network, manage high-visibility projects and elevate their stature in the food and agricultural sectors.

Expectations and Opportunities for the Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow

  • Participation and engagement across Farm Foundation programs and events
  • Produce several short written pieces such as blog posts
  • Author at least one issue paper on trade-related issues
  • Network and be mentored by staff in USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist