Dr. Joe Outlaw is a Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University. In this role, Dr. Outlaw frequently interacts with members of Congress and key agricultural committee staff to provide feedback on the likely consequences of agricultural policy changes. The growing interdependence between agricultural and renewable energy policy has led him to conduct research on several renewable energy topics including plant feasibility studies using alternative technologies and feedstocks as well as supply demand relationships between renewable fuels and their co-products. In 2004 chaired a national energy project that led to a book entitled "Agriculture as a Producer and Consumer of Energy" that he edited along with Keith Collins and Jim Duffield from USDA.
Dr. Outlaw led the team of Texas A&M economists who received awards in excellence for their 2002 farm bill education efforts from the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, the National Public Policy Education Committee, USDA-FSA, and the Vice Chancellor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.
Dr. Outlaw is originally from Devine, Texas. He received his B.S (1987), M.S. (1988), and Ph.D. (1992) degrees from Texas A&M University, all in agricultural economics.