|Willard W. Cochrane|
May 15, 1914|
March 5, 2012 (aged 97)|
Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|John D. Black|
In the late 1930s and 1940s, he served in government and United Nations agricultural agencies. He served in the Navy during World War II. He became Professor of agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota in 1951.
During the 1960s he was U.S. Department of Agriculture's head agricultural economist under U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman. During this time he developed proposals for supply management policy and a national food stamp program.
He was an advocate of sustainable family farming and coined the concept of the technology treadmill. He was opposed to government commodity program payments and an early advocate of set aside programs to benefit conservation. 
Cochrane wrote a dozen books on farm policy. His last book, about sustainable family farming, was published in 2003.
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