Keith has an extensive background in Midwest agriculture, having grown up in Central Illinois where his family has successful farming operations. He has worked for the Illinois Agriculture Mediation Program, a dispute resolution service that assists agricultural producers affected by the actions or decisions of the USDA in resolving disputes arising under various USDA programs. He also worked as an Agricultural Statistician with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and as a Research Associate in the Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2006 to early 2009, he was a Journalism Fellow with The German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Keith is the founder of FarmPolicy.com, an Internet based newsletter that provides a daily summary of news relating to U.S. farm policy. FarmPolicy.com covers issues associated with the U.S. and global agricultural economy, including the Farm Bill, production agriculture, trade, biofuels and crop insurance. FarmPolicy.com enjoys a diverse reading audience from across the political spectrum.
Keith graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (B.A.-Economics; J.D. -School of Law), and Purdue University (M.S.- Agricultural Economics). He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Washington, D.C.
- Just Finished- “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks.”
- Just Started- “The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs – and Who Will Take It.”
- “The Impact of Renewable Energy on the U.S. Farm Policy Debate.” A Report to the German Marshall Fund of the United States. May 2007.