About AEI

Our History

Agricultural Economic Insights, LLC was founded in 2014 by Dr. Brent Gloy and David Widmar. Recognizing an opportunity to provide timely, in-depth analysis about key agricultural economy trends, Brent and David began by writing weekly articles focused on insights.

In addition to the Weekly Insights articles, Brent and David regularly speak at farm and agribusiness events, focusing on key trends impacting the farm economy. AEI.ag also provides the Crop Budget Outlook – forwarding looking crop budget estimates and commentary to help with key strategic and planning activities.

Our Team

David Widmar

David Widmar

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

David Widmar is an agricultural economist specializing in ag trends and the farm economy. Through his research, he supports agribusinesses and farmers in their strategic and planning efforts. David’s current work can be found at Agricultural Economic Insights, aei.ag, which he co-founded with Dr. Brent Gloy in 2014.

Prior to Agricultural Economic Insights, Mr. Widmar was a researcher with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, and served as the economist for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

David received his master’s of science degree from Purdue University, and a bachelor’s of science from Kansas State University, both in agricultural economics.

Brent Gloy

Co-Founder & Partner

Brent Gloy is an agricultural economist specializing in agricultural finance and agribusiness management.  The majority of his research has focused on issues related to the supply and demand for credit and farmland values. His research has been quoted and referenced in media ranging from the farm press, to the Wall Street Journal,New York Times, the Economist, Bloomberg, Reuters, USA Today, and Barron’s, among others. Brent founded and served as the first Director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Dr. Gloy has held tenured faculty positions in agricultural economics at Purdue University and Cornell University.   He is currently operating his family farming operation in Southwest Nebraska. Brent received his master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Brent Gloy

The Team

Sarah Hubbart, Communications Strategist

Sarah is a freelance writer based in Montana. She writes for AEI.ag and AEI Premium and supports our marketing strategy. She is the voice behind our weekly newsletters and brings perspective gained while working in agriculture policy and communications in D.C. She is a part-time RV traveler who loves small towns and public lands.

Jeff Young, Researcher

Jeff – a.k.a. “The Forecasting Wizard”- developed and manages the AEI Premium Yield Model Project. He also writes about crop production and grain markets.

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