Dr. John Newton is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Agricultural Commodity Markets,
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign. His research interests lie in drawing upon various data sources and quantitative
techniques to evaluate the success of public and private market risk management strategies and
tools in the agricultural sector. Other interests include agricultural policy and dairy and livestock
Dr. Newton’s work in the agricultural sector spans over the last decade. From 2004 to 2014 he
worked for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service as an Agricultural Economist working on
issues relating to risk management and Federal farm income support programs. While serving in
this role Dr. Newton had the prestigious opportunity to work as a 2013 fellow on the United States
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Thereafter, he served a detail with the
USDA Office of the Chief Economist providing policy insight for the Agricultural Act of 2014.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he received a Ph.D. in agricultural economics, a M.A. in
macroeconomics, and a M.S. in agricultural economics all from The Ohio State University.