Patrick Westhoff

Director and Howard Cowden Professor
(573) 882-4647

Patrick Westhoff is the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU) and the Howard Cowden Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the MU Division of Applied Social Sciences.

He is a native of Manchester, Iowa, where he grew up on the family dairy farm. He has a B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University.

Dr. Westhoff served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala from 1979-81, and later worked with FAPRI at Iowa State University. From 1992-1996, he served as an economist with the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

He joined FAPRI-MU in 1996 and has worked on a range of projects in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

  • Most Recent FAPRI Publications

  • Most Recent Outside Publications

    • Tracy Davids, Ferdi Meyer, Patrick Westhoff. "Impact of Trade Controls on Price Transmission between Southern African Maize Markets." Agrekon, 56(3), 223-232.
    • Patrick Westhoff, Wyatt Thompson. "Four Indicators that Explain World Grain and Oilseed Market Developments." Agribusiness: An International Journal, 33(2), 274-278. Available at:
    • Patrick Westhoff, Scott Gerlt, Joseph W. Glauber. "Farm Program Elections, Budget Costs and the WTO." Additional Notes: Choices, 30(3): 1-6. 2015. Available at
    • Joseph W. Glauber, Patrick Westhoff. "The 2014 Farm Bill and the WTO." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97(4), 1-11. May 2015. Available at
    • Patrick Westhoff. "Price Projections and Farm Bill Program Choices: Adding FAPRI-MU Projections to the Mix." Farmdoc Daily, 5(26).
    • Seth Meyer, Julian C.R. Binfield, Patrick Westhoff. "Technology Adoption Under US Biofuel Policies: Do Producers, Consumers or Taxpayers Benefit?." (2012, January). European Review of Agricultural Economics, 39(1), 115-136.
    • Wyatt Thompson, Seth Meyer, Patrick Westhoff. "What to Conclude about Biofuel Mandates from Evolving Prices for Renewable Identification Numbers." (2011, January). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 93(2), 481-487.
    • Patrick Westhoff. "The Economics of Food: How Feeding and Fueling the Planet Affects Food Prices." Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: FT Press/Pearson Education, 2010. Korean and Chinese translations published in 2011.
    • Wyatt Thompson, Seth Meyer, Patrick Westhoff. "The New Markets for Renewable Identification Numbers." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 32(4), 588-603. (doi:10.1093/aepp/ppq021).
    • William H. Meyers, Patrick Westhoff, Jacinto Fabiosa, Dermot J. Hayes. "The FAPRI Global Modeling System and Outlook Process." Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development, 6(1), 1-19.