Dave Downey

Purdue University

Dave Downey is a widely recognized agribusiness consultant in North America and various countries around the globe. He founded and serves as the executive director emeritus of Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business and is a professor emeritus of agricultural marketing at Purdue. Downey’s primary focus is on marketing and selling to farmers. He has received several recognitions for professional excellence, published three widely accepted books in his field and co-authored “ProSelling: A Professional Approach to Selling in Agriculture and Other Industries”, which is used extensively by colleges and universities across North America.

The Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business is housed within Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics. Committed to being the agribusiness industry’s partner of choice for navigating the complex agri-food system, the Center designs and delivers educational resources over various business topics tailored to food and agribusiness. These resources are distributed through three key initiatives: professional development programs and workshops; an MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management program, a dual-degree program partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business; and applied agribusiness research. All Center programming combines applied research with real-world application.