Freddie Barnard joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue in early 1982. His appointment is 95 percent extension and 5 percent teaching. He currently works in agricultural finance and focuses on two major groups: agricultural lenders and producers. The core of the educational program for lenders consists of an Agricultural Banking School, including a oneweek session each fall, and a Bankersí Agricultural Clinic, which is an annual one-day conference. He coordinates both programs, and both are evaluated extensively each year by a committee of bankers to ensure the curriculum is focused on the relevant topics for the industry.
Freddie has been involved in educational projects both in the state and across the country to educate lenders on how to improve the quality of their decision-making skills. Examples include work by the industry-wide Farm Financial Standards Council to provide uniformity in financial reporting and analysis, video-tape instruction, and most recently the development of a multimedia CD-ROM educational program. He has made over 450 presentations to more than 27,000 people.
On an international level, Freddie served as project leader for a three-member team that taught farm financial reporting and analysis to 227 students at three Russian Agricultural Institutes in October 1994. The trip was funded by Winrock International. After the trip, Winrock personnel conducted an impact assessment at the host institutions. They found the host institutions have adopted the teaching methods used by the team. Those methods included the use of simulation games to teach students basic economic principles. The teaching materials used by the team have been used in subsequent programs in Russia.
Freddie is originally from Beaver Dam, Ky. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and 1979, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Finance from the University of Illinois in 1982. He lives in Lafayette, Ind., with his wife, Shirley, and their three children.Go back.