Formerly Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow, and Senior Regents Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.
James received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University in 1978 and joined the Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics in 1978 where he taught risk analysis and conducted research on farm policy, risk analysis, and the economic feasibility of alternative feedstocks for renewable fuels. He is best known for his farm level policy analysis research and simulation models. Using his models, the Agricultural and Food Policy Center prepares an annual report for Congress projecting the economic viability of 95+ representative crop, cattle and dairy farms in principal production regions of the United States. Using the representative farms, the Center has assisted Congress by analyzing the probable economic consequences of alternative farm bill proposals for every farm bill since 1985.
Recent publications by the Center are available at: https://www.afpc.tamu.edu