Raised in South Carolina, Bailey attended Clemson University for his B.S. and Kansas State University for his M.S., both in the field of agricultural economics. He then became “Dr. Norwood” by obtaining his PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University, and is now the Barry Pollard MD / P&K Professor of Agribusiness at Oklahoma State University. Though he has myriad research interests his specialty is consumer preference research. In addition to publishing over 60 peer reviewed journal articles he has written three books on controversial agricultural topics and one undergraduate textbook. As a teacher he is known as an innovator, as he currently teaches three courses that he designed from scratch and are not taught at other agricultural economics departments: Farm to Fork, Researching Consumer Food Preferences, and Quantitative Supply Chain Management in Agribusiness.