AFIA Digital Dialogues


October 13-15, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. EDT


Don Close



Don Close is a senior animal protein analyst at Rabo AgriFinance in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group. Close is responsible for analyzing all animal protein sectors and specializes in beef. Prior to joining Rabo AgriFinance, Close served as market director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo, Texas, representing cattle feeders in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He previously held roles with AzTX Cattle Co. in Hereford, Texas; Future Beef Operations in Parker, Colorado; and PHI Marketing Services at Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa.

Close has conducted research on a wide range of topics including confinement cow/calf operations, LFTB, ground beef and development in international trade. He is also a regular speaker for state, national and international livestock groups across North America, Australia and New Zealand. Currently, Close authors bi-monthly columns for the National Cattlemen’s publication and is working on market issues at the intersection of marketing and ag policy. Close is a graduate of West Texas A & M. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.

Art Douglas 



Dr. Art Douglas is the chair and graduate programs director of atmospheric sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Douglas has served as an associate professor, advisor and research scientist to many organizations and universities. Douglas holds a doctorate and master’s degree in long-term climate studies from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in biology and geology from the University of California at Riverside. 


Kevin Good 



Kevin Good grew up on a purebred cow/calf operation and graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. While at Kansas State, he was a member of both the meats and the livestock judging teams.

Kevin began working with CattleFax in 1982. Today, he is Vice President of Industry Relations and Analysis. His primary responsibilities include, covering the Kansas/Oklahoma fed cattle market and working with corporate partners providing information and analysis to help them make profitable management and marketing decisions. Kevin has worked with many agricultural companies in helping them understand the changes taking place in the commodities industries, with emphasis in animal proteins, and in particular, the beef industry. This includes analyzing interactions between supply, demand, production trends, weather and other factors affecting commodity markets.

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