Dr. Art Barnaby

Educator, Fresh Perspective Honoree: G. Art Barnaby, Jr.

The Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives Honorees include leaders and visionaries from across the country. Selected by a distinguished panel of industry representatives, honorees are creating the future of agriculture and rural America through their dedication and innovation.

G. Art Barnaby, Jr.
Farmer and Professor, Kansas State University

Rural Policy Influence

Manhattan, Kansas

Farm Credit Affiliation
Frontier Farm Credit

Art’s Perspective
Dr. Art Barnaby has had a distinguished career as an agricultural risk management researcher and educator, and is also a farmer himself who was reared on a diversified family farm in Kansas.

Dr. Barnaby’s groundbreaking work in risk-management has brought him international acclaim. He has authored several research projects on crop insurance issues and their impacts on farmers. His research work with the private sector was the basis for the first revenue insurance contract, considered by Top Producer Magazine to be “the single most important change in the history of the program going back to the Dust Bowl.” He is a sought-after adviser to policy makers and agricultural finance leaders alike, consistently considering how any proposed policy change would affect farmers.

“I’m inspired to help farmers manage risk in a world market with less support from USDA commodity programs,” Dr. Barnaby says. “I hope to educate policymakers that cuts in crop insurance coverage will impact farmers’ marketing plans.”

An Agricultural Economics professor at Kansas State University, Dr. Barnaby also conducts national extension education programs on market risk, government commodity programs, crop insurance and public policy. He is a frequent speaker at professional, farmer-producer, ag lender, and insurance industry meetings.

Dr. Barnaby was named to Top Producer Editors list of “Brave Thinkers: 30 Leaders Who Made a Difference” and its list of “7 Economists, Bankers Who Challenged the Status Quo.” He is a past winner of the Excellence in Extension Award presented by the National Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and a three-time winner of the American Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Extension Program Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University, a master’s degree from New Mexico State University and a doctorate in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.