The American Farm Bureau Federation has selected a veteran economist with the Agriculture Department and the dairy industry to lead the organization's economic analysis unit.

Roger Cryan will assume the role of AFBF’s chief economist on Oct. 4, the group said Thursday.

Cryan has been with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service for the last nine years, where he was the director of the dairy program’s economics division. While there, he was honored by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association for his work developing the dairy payment provisions of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

Before his time at USDA, Cryan was the vice president for milk marketing and economics for the National Milk Producers Federation, where he worked for a dozen years. He’s also worked as an economist for the federal milk market administrator in Atlanta.

Cryan has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and earned his master’s and doctorate from the University of Florida.

Cryan takes the place of John Newton, who held the position for about three years before joining the GOP staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee earlier this year.

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