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Dr. Daniel A. Sumner

Frank H. Buck, Jr. Distinguished Professor Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis

Daniel A. Sumner is the Director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and the Frank H. Buck, Jr., Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis where he has been since 1993. Sumner engages in teaching, research, and outreach on topics in agricultural economics, focusing on international trade and policy. His current teaching includes a course for undergraduates on the Economics of Agricultural Sustainability.

Daniel A. Sumner is the Director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and the Frank H. Buck, Jr., Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis where he has been since 1993.  Sumner engages in teaching, research, and outreach on topics in agricultural economics, focusing on international trade and policy. His current teaching includes a course for undergraduates on the Economics of Agricultural Sustainability.

 

Sumner is the author of hundreds of professional articles, chapters and reports and the author, coauthor or editor of several books. His research and writing has won awards from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association for Quality of Research, Quality of Communication and Distinguished Policy Contribution. He was named a Fellow of the Association in 1999 in recognition of his career achievements.  His research has also won outstanding article awards from major academic journals in agricultural economics globally and he served as chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.

 

Sumner was a Post-doctoral Fellow at RAND in Santa Monica, California and on the economics faculty of North Carolina State University for a decade.  Before moving to the University of California, he spent several years on leave in in Washington DC first as a Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in Washington and then at the United States Department of Agriculture.

 

Sumner was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as Assistant Secretary for Economics at the USDA where he supervised the Department’s economic and statistical data collection and economics research and economic analysis of policy. He also provided economic and policy advice to the Secretary and other officials on the full range of agricultural and food issues from international trade to farm and rural policy and food assistance. He focused particularly on the Farm Bill and international trade negotiations.

 

Sumner grew up in Suisun Valley in Solano County, California where he was active in FFA and 4-H activities.  He graduated with a BS in Agricultural Management from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.  He received an MS in Economics from Michigan State University and has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.