Ezra Butcher is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. His research focuses primarily on the pork industry at the intersection of agricultural policy and marketing. Ongoing projects investigate supply chain robustness, changes in the composition of pork products, and hog marketing decisions and risk. He is passionate about the democratization of research and development of public-facing analytical tools.
Ezra grew up in southeastern Missouri and earned a B.S. in mathematics with an economics minor from Truman State University. Prior to enrolling at Iowa State, he spent two and a half years working in the Decision Science department at Post Holdings, where he engaged stakeholders across a portfolio of food production companies for a variety of manufacturing, logistical, and other projects.