Patrick Westhoff is the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI)
at the University of Missouri–Columbia and a professor in the MU department of agricultural and applied economics.
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.
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 U.S. Senate Committee
on Agriculture Nutrition, and Forestry.
He joined FAPRI at the University of Missouri in 1996, and has worked on a range of projects
in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Westhoff is the author of The Economics
of Food: How Feeding and Fueling the Planet Affects Food Prices, published in 2010 by FT Press.