Ann Steensland, project lead for the GAP Initiative at Virginia Tech, is the author and editor of the GAP Report.

Tom Thompson, CALS associate dean and director of global programs is the executive editor.

Total Factor Productivity data and analysis is provided by Keith Fuglie, Ph.D., of USDA Economic Research Service. Data analysis support was provided by Normand Adams of the Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. Erica Corder wrote case studies for the GAP Report.

The 2019 GAP Report also benefited from the insights provided by the leadership and faculty of Virginia Tech. We particularly wish to thank Alan Grant, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Guru Ghosh, vice president of Outreach and International Affairs, and Tim Sands, president of Virginia Tech for their support.


The Virginia Tech GAP Initiative Advisory Group made up of university leaders and faculty members with expertise in agricultural economics, agronomy, animal science, extension services, international development, and natural resource conservation. They provide direction and content for the report, and review GAP Report themes, outlines, and drafts.

Special Advisors

Richard Crowder

C.G. Thornhill Professor of Agricultural Trade at Virginia Tech and former Chief Agriculture Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Brady Deaton

Chancellor Emeritus, University of Missouri and former Associate Director of the Office of International Development, Virginia Tech

Guru Ghosh

Vice President, Outreach and International Affairs, Virginia Tech

Alan Grant

Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Ed Jones

Associate Dean and Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension

Matt Hulver

Professor Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise and Co-Director, Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors

Wade Thomason

Professor and Associate Director, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Jason Grant

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Agricultural Trade

Kim Niewolny

Associate Professor, Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education

Center for International Research and Development (CIRED)

Muni Muniappan

Director, USAID Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovation Lab

Maria Elisa Christie

Director, Women and Gender in Agricultural Development

College of Natural Resources and Environment

Keith Goyne

Professor and Associate Dean, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Kathy Hosig

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research

Valerie Ragan

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine


Alan Grant, Dean, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Jennifer Billings, Agricultural Development Lead, Corteva Agriscience™

Stewart Leeth, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods

Ben Pratt, Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs, The Mosaic Company

Pam Strifler, Head of Stakeholder Strategy and Affairs, Bayer Crop Science

Aaron Wetzel, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, John Deere Financial


Paul Guenette and Jenn Williamson, ACDI/VOCA
James Stapleton and Ginya Truitt Nakata, CIP
Tim Brennan and Mary Thompson, Farm Foundation
Peg Willingham, HarvestPlus
Katrin Kulman, New Markets Lab
Gary Burniske, Purdue Center for Global Food Security
Andrea Putman, SoAR Foundation
Martin Royal, Tanager

Additional services were provided by:
Chris Dinsmore and Joan Cox, Dinsmore Designs
Jared Elliott, Ironistic

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