Gary Williams is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Co-Director of the Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC) at Texas A&M University. His areas of teaching and research include commodity promotion programs, international agricultural trade and development, agricultural policy, and marketing and price analysis. He holds a PhD and an MS degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University. He speaks fluent Spanish and has lived and worked in Latin America throughout his career. He is known for his research on NAFTA, commodity checkoff programs, and world oilseed and livestock markets. He recently chaired a National Research Council Committee on the Status and Economic Performance of the U.S. Sheep and Lamb Industry.