Allan Gray serves as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management. He joined the agricultural economics faculty at Purdue University in August 1998.
As director, Allan provides strategic direction for the center and MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management, a dual-degree, distance-delivered program offered in partnership by Purdue and Indiana University. He works with food and agribusiness managers in the center’s professional development programs, while also continuing to teach statistics for decision making at the master’s level, strategic agribusiness management at the doctorate level and quantitative analysis in the MS-MBA program.
Allan’s research interests are agribusiness management, strategic planning, decision making in uncertain environments and simulation. He’s also the lead researcher for the Large Commercial Producer Survey, conducted every five years by the center, that explores the attitudes and buying behaviors of large commercial producers. Allan has also researched the impacts of alternative farm policy proposals and the management implications of real options thinking.