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Otto C Doering III

Agricultural Economics 

  • Director of PCCRC
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
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Professor Doering has teaching, research and outreach extension responsibilities in the Department of Agricultural Economics. He is a public policy specialist on economic issues affecting agriculture, natural resources, the environment, and energy. He has served the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) working on the 1977 and 1990 Farm Bills. In 1997 he was the Principal Advisor to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for implementing the 1996 Farm Bill and served NRCS again in 2005. From 1985 to 1990 he was director of Indiana’s State Utility Forecasting Group. In 1999 he was the economic assessment team leader for the White House National Hypoxia Assessment of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Doering has served on five National Research Council Committees working on Mississippi River water quality as well as on other water and regulatory issues. He has been a member of the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board, is on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, and chaired the Science Advisory Board’s Integrated Nitrogen Committee.

He is a member of the Department of Interior’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee. Since 2009 he has directed Purdue’s Climate Change Research Center.

Professor Doering has been a visiting professor at Berkeley, Cornell, and North Carolina A&T State University. He is a National Science Foundation evaluator for the NSF’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Program. Dr. Doering has served on Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education, the Governor’s Education Roundtable, and chaired Indiana’s Articulation and Transfer Committee. He was President of the American Agricultural Economics Association, 2007-8, and has received the AAEA’s Distinguished Policy Contribution Award as well as its Extension Economics Teaching Award. He was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change group of scientists that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on climate change. He has overseas experience with the Ford Foundation, primarily in Southeast Asia. In previous lives he has worked as a horse wrangler in the Canadian Rockies and as a legal investigator in New York City. He has degrees from Cornell University (BA, PhD) and the London School of Economics (MSC. Econ.).

Professor Doering teaches “The Economic Geography of World Food and Resources” to undergraduates and teaches research methods to graduate students. His publications include books on the 1996 Farm Act and another on the effects of climate change and variability on agricultural production systems. He also has written on agricultural adaptation to climate change, the problem of reactive nitrogen, the importance of the choice of metrics in environmental policy and regulation, US biomass energy policy, integrating biomass energy into existing energy systems, and on the political economy of public goods.

Awards & Honors

(2009) Bruce Gardner Policy Economist Award. USDA Economists.

(2008) Service as President. American Agricultural Economics Association.

(2005) President's Leadership Award. Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Selected Publications

Doering, O. C. (2013). Book Review, The Economics of Regulation in Agriculture: Compliance with Public and Private Standards. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 94(4), 1045-1046.

Doering, O. C., Lawrence, D. J., & Helms, J. D. (2013). Agriculltural Conservation & Environmental Programs: The Challenge of Data-Driven Conservation. CHOICES, 28(2), 1-5. Retrieved from http://www.choicesmagazine.org

Doering, O. C. (2013). Agriculture and Climatre Change: Action Instead of Argument. RESOURCE, 2013(July/August 2013), 12-13.

Doering, O. C., & Smith, K. R. (2012). Examining the Relationship of Conservation Compliance & Farm Program Incentives, 8. Retrieved from http://www.cfare.org

Daigger, G. T., Doering, O. C., Shabman, L. A., & Et, A. L. (2012). Review of the EPA's Economic Analysis of Final Water Quality Standards for Nutrients for Lakes and Flowing waters in Florida (Vol. 1). Washington, D.C.: National Research Council of the National Academies. Retrieved from http://www.nap.edu

Birch, M. B. L., Gramig, B. M., Moomaw, W. R., Doering, O. C., & Reeling, C. J. (2011). Why Metrics Matter: Evaluating Policy Choices for Reactive Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 168-174. Retrieved from environmental science and technology

Doering, O. C., Galloway, J. N., Theis, T. L., & all, E. T. (2011). Reactive Nitrogen in the U.S.: An Analysis of Inputs, Flows, Consequences and Management Options. Reactive Nitrogen in the U.S.: An Analysis of Inputs, Flows, Consequences, and Management Options - A Report of the EPA Science Advisory Board, 140. Retrieved from www.epa.gov/sab

Ditomaso, J. M., Resaser, J. K., Dionigi, C. P., Doering, O. C., Chilton, E., Schardt, J. D., & Barney, J. N. (2010). Biofuel vs Bioinvasion: Seeding Policy Priorities. Environmental Science and Technology, 44, 6906-6910.

Moreau, D. H., Craig, R. K., Demissie, M., Doering, O. C., Dzomback, D. A., Freedman, P. L., . . . Wolf, R. (2010). Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River basin and Northern Gulf of Mexico: Strategies and Priorities. Report of the national Research Council, National Academies of Science, 1-42.

Doering, O. C., & Tyner, W. E. (2009). US and International Policies Affecting Liquid Biofuels Expansion and Profitability. Int. J. Biotechnology, 11(1/2), 150-167.