Renowned ag economist Barry Flinchbaugh dies at 79
Renowned ag economist Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh has died at the age of 79.
Flinchbaugh was a professor at Kansas State University and advised members of Congress on several farm bills. He was also a popular speaker at farm meetings around the U.S.
In a 2018 interview with Brownfield, Flinchbaugh decried what he saw as a lack of civility and compromise between the two political parties.
“If you’re an extreme idealogue, you’re really lazy. Because you don’t have to think. You just drink the kool-aid,” Flinchbaugh said. “Where if you’re going to compromise, which is the way the founding fathers set up this government, that’s hard work. There’s no kool-aid.”
Flinchbaugh said he taught about four-thousand students in ag policy at K-State during his career, adding “that’s probably going to be my legacy”.