Cortney Cowley is a senior economist in the Regional Affairs Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She also serves as a special advisor on the agricultural economy to Federal Reserve Governor Miki Bowman.

Cortney's current research focuses on agricultural finance, commodity markets, farm management, and natural resource economics and policy. Her responsibilities also include writing for the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions and Agricultural Finance Updates.

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

Professional Journals and Books

  • Regmi, Madhav, Allen M. Featherston, Cortney A. Cowley, and Mykel R. Taylor. 2020. "Big Banks versus Agricultural Banks: Has Too-Big-To-Fail Regulation Affected Efficiency and Scale Economies Measures?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics 103, no. 3: 1164-1178.
  • 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.