Jonathan W. Coppess

Gardner Associate Professor of Agricultural Policy, Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Affiliate, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Associate Professor, College of Law (by courtesy)


Jonathan Coppess is the Leonard and Lila Gardner-Illinois Farm Bureau Family of Companies Endowed Associate Professor of Agricultural Policy in the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The author of The Fault Lines of Farm Policy: A Legislative and Political History of the Farm Bill, he is a member of the farmdoc project and a frequent contributor to farmdoc daily. He leads the Gardner Agricultural Policy Program and the Policy Design Lab. Jonathan previously served as Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, as well as on a temporary, part-time basis as a special counsel. Prior to his service on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Jonathan served as the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency at USDA and Legislative Assistant to Senator Ben Nelson. Prior to his time in Washington, DC, Jonathan was a litigation associate at Freeborn & Peters LLP in Chicago, IL.  Jonathan grew up on his family’s farm in Western Ohio, earned his Bachelors’ from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. 

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