Dr. Daniel Sumner is the American economist who works in the area of food supply chain issues, and we're going to talk with him about issues in the supply chain around the Coronavirus pandemic. He is the Frank H. Buck Jr. Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics here UC Davis and he is the director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center. Dr. Sumner has been honored by the American Agricultural Economics Association for his agricultural policy contributions as well as awarded the AAEA award for Quality of Research Contribution and Quality of Communication, and he is a fellow of that association. Prior to beginning his current position here at UC Davis, Dr. Sumner was the assistant secretary for economics at the United States Department of Agriculture, where he was involved in policy formulation and analysis on a whole range of topics facing agriculture in rural America. Dr. Sumner has also served as a senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisors. He's also currently a well sought-after guest in the media to talk about the issues that we get to speak with him today.
*Introduction of Dr. Sumner above was done by Dr. Mark Winey, the Dean of UC Davis College of Biological Sciences.
Dr. Sumner’s Town Hall video with English and Spanish subtitles can be found here.
In addition, a summary of this Town Hall, including student questions, can be found on this Twitter thread curated by undergraduate researcher Daniel Erenstein.
B3 Lab postdoctoral scientist Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez, Ph.D. curated this page, the transcripts and translations.