Daniel A. Sumner


Director, Agricultural Issues Center

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Dan Sumner engages in teaching, research, and outreach on topics in agricultural economics and policy. He is also the author of scores of professional articles, chapters and reports and the author, coauthor or editor of several books including Agricultural Trade Policy: Letting Markets Work.

His research and writing has won awards from the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society and the American Agricultural Economic Association for Quality of Research, Quality of Communication and Distinguished Policy Contribution.

He was named a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1999 in recognition of his career achievements. He has also served as chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium. Sumner is a frequent speaker on agricultural economics and policy throughout world.

Sumner was on the Economics faculty of North Carolina State University for a decade. Before moving to the University of California in 1993, he spent several years on leave in federal government service. He was a Senior Economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers, Deputy Assistant Secretary and then Assistant Secretary for Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture. At USDA, he supervised the Department's economic and statistical work and provided policy advice to the Secretary and other officials regarding GATT negotiations, the Farm Bill and other issues.

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