Cortney Cowley

Cortney Cowley

Omaha Branch - Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
2201 Farnam Street
Omaha, Nebraska


Cortney Cowley is an economist in the Regional Affairs Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Her current research focuses on agricultural finance, commodity markets, farm management, and natural resource economics and policy. Cortney’s responsibilities also include writing for the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions and the Federal Reserve System’s Agricultural Finance Databook.    

Cortney joined the Bank in 2015 after completing her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. She also holds a B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.

Recent Speeches

Agricultural Economic Update (10/17/2019)

Professional Journals and Books

  • Cowley, Cortney A., B. Wade Brorsen, and Douglas W. Hamilton. 2019. "Economic Feasibility Of Anaerobic Digestion With Swine Operations." Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 51, no. 1: 49-68.
  • Cowley, Cortney, and B. Wade Brorsen. 2018. "The hurdles to greater adoption of anaerobic digesters." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 47, no. 1: 132-157.
  • Cowley, Cortney, and B. Wade Brorsen. 2018. "Anaerobic Digester Production and Cost Functions." Ecological Economics 152: 347-357.
  • Son, Ji-Hee, Cortney Cowley, Stephen Goodwin, Mazdak Arabi, and Kenneth H. Carlson. "Relative phosphorus load inputs from wastewater treatment plants in a Northern Colorado watershed." Journal of Environmental Quality 42, no. 2: 497-506.

KC Fed Economic Bulletin

Research Working Papers

Agricultural Credit Suvey

Agricultural Finance Databook

Nebraska Economist Articles

Other Publications