Dr. Halbrook joined the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in July 2008. He earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Arkansas, a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University and a J.D. from the Drake University School of Law. He is admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia. Prior to his current position as Department Head, he served as vice president of Farm Foundation in Oak Brook, Illinois, worked as an economist for two federal agencies, served as executive vice president of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and had his own law practice. He has worked with all facets of the agricultural community, bringing producers, agribusiness, academic, government and community leaders together to examine critical policy issues. Additionally, he has done extensive work on biofuels and structural change in the agricultural sector. He has worked on numerous policy issues ranging from consumer credit to dairy marketing regulation. Dr. Halbrook is the immediate past president of the American Agricultural Law Association and has served on the governing board of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. Steve and his wife, Diane Ronning Halbrook, have two adult children.