As Chairperson of the World Board, Gerald Bange is responsible for the monthly forecasts of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and also oversees the Joint Agricultural Weather Facility.
Dr. Bange joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1971 as an agricultural marketing specialist for the Agricultural Research Service. In 1975, he transferred to the Foreign Agricultural Service as an agricultural economist where, in 1981, he became Director of the Foreign Production Estimates Division and, in January 1983, he was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Agricultural Statistics. In October 1983, he transferred to the World Agricultural Outlook Board where he served as Deputy Chairperson until March 1994 at which time he was appointed to his present position as Chairperson of the Board.
Dr. Bange has received numerous awards including the Department's Superior Service Award and is a two-time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. He majored in agricultural economics at the University of Maryland where he earned a B.S. in 1966, M.S. in 1969, and Ph.D. in 1975.
Dr. Bange also serves as Program Chairperson for USDA's largest annual meeting, the Agricultural Outlook Forum, which has been hosted by USDA since 1923. Taking part in today's Forum are eminent leaders in agriculture. Among the renowned speakers every year are farmers, ranchers, economists, professors, statisticians, consultants, industry leaders, and government policymakers. The role of the Forum is to provide leadership by bringing together the agricultural community to discuss policy, science, rural development and the economic outlook for the coming year. The Forum puts the spotlight on the latest scientific research; new products; the changing dynamics of rural America; and global aspects of trade, health issues, and the economy.