Dr. Lowell Catlett


Dr. Lowell Catlett

Futurist, Professor, Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University

Dr. Lowell Catlett, Ph.D., a futurist with positive and upbeat predictions, is an enthralling and spellbinding presenter. His unique perspective of emerging technologies prepares us to anticipate coming changes, and to deal winning hands when the deck is being continually reshuffled.

He awakens our awareness to human potential even in changing times and shifting terrain. Lowell was a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University until he retired in 2015.

He is the author of numerous books and articles and won the university’s highest award to a professor, the Westhafer Award. He works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations doing futuristic planning concerning the impacts of technology on careers, lifestyles and the economy.

Lowell also works with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education, Energy and the World Bank. Lowell has been a visiting professor or delivered invited presentations at over 50 universities including Harvard, MIT, Cornell and the University of Illinois.

Seeing Around the Corner: The Mega Trend that Changes Everything

As computer capacity and speed approach infinity, every element of society and business change in ways that could never have been imagined just five years ago. Droids replace almost all human activities from driving to teaching and additive manufacturing changes everything from cooking to vaccine development. World affluence and cyber connected consumers give rise to the age of artisans as employment, entertainment and education are transformed continuously. Boundless prosperity awaits those that can see and embrace these new possibilities. With provocative knowledge and lots of humor, this Keynote presentation will bring your audience information to gain a competetive advantage in todays ….mad, mad world.

Big, Bold and Getting Bigger: How the U.S. Economy Still Drives the World

Almost 50 years ago the U.S. economy was approximately one fourth of the world’s output and today it is still approximately one fourth—world population has doubled during that time and their economic wellbeing has increased tenfold—all with U.S. based technologies—computer chips, molecular genetics, GPS and the Internet. Yet the next twenty years will see changes that are more rapid and more wealth created than at any time in history as four new forces change the face of everything. With an increasing wealth base and the innovation/technology culture that is the envy of the world, the outlook for America has never been stronger as it drives these four new trends.

The Rise of Total Health: The Coming Changes That Will Forever Alter Healthcare

Two major personal healthcare trends and three business/technical advances are now coalescing in ways never dreamed possible just a decade ago but the results are astounding and providing everyone the opportunity to live longer and healthier than anyone ever has in history and all the while healthcare becomes America’s biggest and most important industry. The tools and technologies to accomplish this world are here today and once it is in place, we will all wonder why it didn’t happen sooner!

Agriculture—America’s Greatest Economic Engine

One in five Americans are employed in the production, processing and distribution of agriculture’s bounty all the while providing the country with its most consistent balance of trade surplus since 1959.  Agriculture dominates the rapidly growing renewable energy world as well as ecology, wildlife and natural resource management. OneHealth, nutrition and recreation markets are exploding as Americans have more leisure time than ever before with agriculture driving the changes.   Agriculture is America’s broadest and most stimulating industry as it leads in the adoption of robotics, 3-D manufacturing, cell-less biology, digital genetics and environmental health clinics—truly not only America’s greatest economic engine but its most exciting!

**This presentation is part motivational about what agriculture has and is doing for not only the U.S. economy but the world.  It is futuristic in looking at the rapidly changing world of robotics and the impacts on transportation, production and retail service.  A look also at drone technology and how it is changing wildlife and natural resource management and how small nano bots are providing organic farmers with new tools for pest management.  OneHealth—the idea that humans cannot be separated from plants and animals—is growing as well as environmental health clinics merging human health with agriculture in ways never dreamed of before.  Cell-less biology provides new ways to culture and grow food and chemicals as well as digital genetics creating new ways to control diseases as well as providing new production efficiencies for plants and animals.

Blueprint for an Eden

Urban communities will have components of rural—green, ecological and food producing and rural will be virtually connected. Policing, transit, healthcare, education and entertainment are ubiquitous. They are self-contained energy producers and refuse recyclers and are totally lifestyle focused. The labor force is neither blue nor white collar. The 21st Century will be the first in 60 centuries of human history where humans will be begin to reach their full potential and communities, whether or not they are urban or rural, will be at the heart of this revolution.

The Technological Speedtrain has Departed—Get a Seat or Get Left Behind!

More new data is created every day than existed in the entire world less than 50 years ago—it took the telephone almost 50 years to reach 50 percent of the population—smart phones reached 50% in 4 years!  Computer capacity and speed is approaching infinity and changing everything from agriculture to art creating new jobs and businesses in record numbers in robotics, telemedicine, digital finance, digital commerce, augmented reality and human experiences.  The next decade will be the most disruptive in history but at the same time creating the most opportunities humans have ever seen.  All Aboard!

This presentation looks at unbelievable technologies: droid service robots, computers that can look at your face and tell if you have a disease, virtual vacations, computer printed homes and food as well as droid doctors, nurses and professors.  Yet it also brings to focus how to adapt and be part of the change in a positive, productive way.

Dr. Lowell Catlett, was a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New MexicoStateUniversity until he retired in 2015. He is an exciting futurist whose knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work is addressed in his varied and upbeat presentations. His vast knowledge astounds corporate and association audiences both nationally and internationally. His presentations are thought- provoking and highly-entertaining. Dr. Catlett received his doctorate in Economics from IowaStateUniversity, and has twice received the Don C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Burlington Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding University Teaching. In 1994 he was one of two Western Regional recipients of the National Association of State Universities and Land GrantColleges “Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Award.”

In February, 2007 he received the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers for his service to agriculture. In addition to his selection in 2002 as a member of the original class of six New Mexico State University Regents Professors, Dr. Catlett has received every teaching award the university offers, including the Westhafer Award for Teaching in 1990, New MexicoStateUniversity’s top honor. The professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business is internationally known as an expert in commodities futures markets and is in demand as a speaker and consultant on predicting and planning for near- and long-term futures. Lowell recently received the College of Agriculture and Home Economics Advisor of the Year as well as Teacher of the Year at New Mexico State University. He is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies.


Dr. Catlett’s presentation was very well received by our attendees. The most common comment I was hearing was how nice it was to hear someone speak about agriculture and our roles with an optimistic perspective.

He was able to put “where we are” and “where we are going” into a context that everyone understood and related to. His presentation style was very captivating for the audience with his animated physicality and no PowerPoint slides. The themes he touched on set the tone for the rest of the week, with many of the presenters drawing on concepts that he had put forward and incorporating them into their own topics.

Dr. Lowell did exactly what Julian and I were hoping he’d do and more!