Dr. Daniel Sumner
Daniel Sumner is the Frank H. Buck Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis, where his teaching, outreach and research focuses on the principle economic drivers of change in food and agriculture. For many years he has taught “The Economics of Agricultural Sustainability” to a diverse group of undergraduates. He is also the director of the University of California Giannini Foundations for Agricultural Economics.
Sumner’s academic research, teaching and outreach have concentrated on challenges facing farms, agribusinesses and industries, including such issues as projecting supply, demand and price for farm inputs and outputs, food demand tied to farm-based attributes, and competition among firms, regions and industries. He has been engaged in international trade issues, government regulatory policy and core issues of farm and post-farm costs.
Before returning to California, Sumner was a senior economist at President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Economics at USDA. He led economics, statistics and forecasting work at USDA with oversight of more than 1,000 professional economists and statisticians. He was previously a professor of economics at North Carolina State University.
A native of Suisun Valley in Solano County California, Sumner grew up on a fruit farm and was active in 4-H and FFA. He holds a BS in agricultural management from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, an MS in economics from Michigan State, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.