Pat Westhoff grew up on a farm in Iowa, just a few miles from the "Field of Dreams." He spent two years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, working with small-scale farmers, later earning a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University. From 1992-1996, he served as an economist with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, working on legislation including the implementations of WTO and NAFTA and the 1996 Farm Bill. He now co-directs the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri, whose analyses are relied on by the U.S. Congress and international institutions worldwide.
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