Joshua Woodard

Joshua Woodard

Assistant Professor

351B Warren Hall


Assistant Professor and Zaitz Family

Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in Agricultural Finance and Business


  • Doctorate University of Illinois, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science Frostburg State University, 2003

Dr. Woodard is an assistant professor and the Zaitz Family Faculty Fellow of Agricultural Business and Finance. His work focuses primarily on risk and policy issues in agricultural finance including risk management, banking, and insurance, with special emphases on empirical applications, spatial data analysis, weather risk, and large scale data analysis. He also specializes in the design, analysis, and evaluation of insurance programs, and has developed several crop insurance products currently sold in the market. He is the founder of, a live open data/open source data integration and automation platform. He teaches financial analytics, agricultural banking, and agricultural finance, and also oversees the Farm Credit Fellows program. He has published in a wide variety of journals in agricultural finance and economics, risk management, and insurance, and is also an authorized Expert Reviewer Underwriter for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to review plans of insurance for USDA and the Federal Crop Insurance Program. He also serves in a variety of leadership roles within professional associations.

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Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Applications of Big Data in Agricultural Risk Management and Finance. 4th International Agricultural Risk, Finance, and Insurance Conference (IARFIC). June 2015. Washington, D.C.
  • Invited Talk: Data Integration in Agricultural Economics Research. American Enterprise Institute Emerging Scholars Workshop. February 2015.
  • Discussion Panel (Moderator/Organizer): Innovations in Index-Based Insurance. 3rd International Agricultural Risk, Finance, and Insurance Conference. 2014. Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Technological and Spatial Effects on Agricultural Yield Forecasts under Climate Change. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting. 2014. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).
  • Invited Seminar: A Spatial Panel Approach to Modeling Livestock Mortality Insurance in Kenya in the Presence of Missing Data. Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science Seminar. November 2012. Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

In The News


  • AEM 2050: Introduction to Agricultural & Development Finance
  • AEM 4070: Advanced Financial Analytics