The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced Seth Meyer will depart the USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board chair position. Effective July 13, Dr. Mark Jekanowski will become the chair of the board that coordinates, reviews, and approves the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, and long-term agricultural projections. Meyer was named chairman in May 2014 after joining the USDA Office of the Chief Economist as chief economist for domestic agricultural policy in 2013. He will be returning to the faculty of the University of Missouri’s Department of Agricultural Economics. Pat Westhoff, Director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, or FAPRI, at the University, said via Twitter that Meyer will join the staff in August as associate director. Before joining the World Board, Jekanowski was with USDA’s Economic Research Service, first as chief of the Crops Branch, and more recently as deputy director for the commodity outlook program. Previously, Jekanowski was a senior vice president and head of the Washington office of Informa Economics.
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