​UTIA Professor Appointed to Executive Committee for International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium

Muhammad Serves as One of Only Two US Universities Representatives​

Dr. Andrew Muhammad
​Andrew Muhammad, trade expert and Blasingame Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been appointed as one of only two U.S. university representatives to serve on the executive committee of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Andrew Muhammad, trade expert and Blasingame Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), has been appointed as one of only two U.S. university representatives to serve on the executive committee of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC).

The consortium serves as an international think tank of agricultural trade researchers and policy practitioners, with the executive committee at the helm to provide general direction and operation, including the management of task forces, research projects and more.

“The International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium is the premiere organization for international trade policy, research, and related activities in the agricultural and applied economics profession,” said Muhammad. “Over the years, IATRC has played an important role in ensuring that international issues are at the forefront of the profession and maintaining global connections. I look forward to serving and representing UTIA on the executive committee.”

A noted strength of the consortium lies in the research capabilities of its members and the ability to utilize research results in policy analysis and advice. Established in 1980 by six U.S. agricultural economists, membership has now grown to approximately 200 economists from academia, government and other research institutions in 31 countries.

The executive committee is currently comprised of a representative from each of the four core funding agencies (United States Department of Agriculture [USDA]/Economic Research Service, USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA/Office of the Chief Economist, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and three elected representatives (two for U.S. universities and one for non-U.S. universities or other organizations). Muhammad will serve a three-year appointment, 2019 through 2021.

Joining the faculty of UTIA’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2018, Muhammad assists the state and nation’s agricultural decision makers in the evaluation of potential policies and programs dealing with agricultural commodities, food and international trade, as well as advocating for state and regional agricultural opportunities. His current research focuses on agricultural trade and trade policy, effects of trade on developing countries, and global food demand.

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