Department of Agricultural Economics

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The Agricultural Economics Department continues to contribute to teaching, research and Extension programs that have an impact not only in the state but beyond. Recent impacts include the wind energy impact study and the Oklahoma Beef Management Practices survey. [read more]

Department News

Dr. Doye Receives National Extension Award
Damona Doye has received the Southern Region Excellence in Extension Award of the National Cooperative Extension Award Program. This award is presented by Cooperative Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). It will be presented at the APLU November annual meeting. [read more]

Faculty Position Accepting Applications
Applications are now being accepted for the Willard R Sparks Endowed Chair in Agribusiness Studies. Willard R. Sparks Endowed Chair in Agribusiness Studies Brochure

Ag Econ Student Elected VP at FFA Convention
Piper Merritt, agricultural economics sophomore from Owasso, was recently elected central region vice president to serve on the 2017-2018 National FFA Officer team. [read more].

2017 Homecoming Celebration Features Ag Econ Students
Four ag econ students played major roles in the recent OSU Homecoming celebration. Gatlin Squires, agribusiness senior from Kingfisher, served as Executive Director of the 2017 OSU Homecoming Executive Team. Brittany Krehbiel, agricultural economics senior from Hydro, was chosen as Homecoming Queen. Megan DeVuyst, agribusiness senior from Morrison, was a member of the homecoming royalty court. read more.
James Washington, agribusiness senior from Stamford, Texas, caught lots of passes during OSU’s football victory over Baylor. read more.

Ag Econ Alum Inducted into OSU Diversity Hall of Fame
Huey Jefferson Battle, 1954 Ph.D. graduate in agricultural economics was posthumously inducted into the OSU Diversity Hall of Fame in October. Battle was the first African American in Oklahoma to earn a doctoral degree. He directed the division of agriculture at Langston University for 10 years and then started a distinguished 23-year career at Virginia State University, where he founded the Bureau of Economic Research and Development. [read more].

AAEA Meeting
Other awards at the AAEA meeting in Chicago included associate professor Dave Shideler receiving the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award (Individual: Less than Ten Years’ Experience).

In the Graduate Student Case Study Competition, the OSU ag econ team received Second Place. Team members were Abby Biedenbach, Jacob Manlove, and Devon Meadowcroft. The team was coached by Brian Whitacre.

Graduate student Patrick Kanza was a finalist in the Graduate Student Extension Competition.

WAEA Meeting
Current WAEA President Wade Brorsen, ag econ Regents Professor and A.J. and Susan Jacques Chair, presided over the meeting in Lake Tahoe Nevada in July.

Ag econ associate professor Shannon Ferrell received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, Less Than 10 Years. Ben Tong, ag econ graduate student received Honorable Mention, Outstanding Graduate Paper or Master’s Thesis Award. His advisor is associate professor Tracy Boyer.

Associate professor Brian Whitacre led a successful, well-attended post-conference workshop on spatial econometrics.

Seven Department Students Selected as Mortar Board Top Twenty (freshmen) Men and Women
McKenzie Carvalho, agribusiness/agricultural communications, Maxwell, California, and Allison Wilton, agribusiness, Fort Sumner, New Mexico are two of the Top Twenty Women. Levi Baker, agribusiness, Blanchard, Oklahoma; Benjamin (Luke) Hale, agribusiness, Throckmorton, Texas; Ridge Hughbanks, agribusiness, Alva, Oklahoma; Jacob Sestak, agricultural economics/accounting, Prague, Oklahoma; and Hunter Starr, agribusiness/ agricultural communication, Forgan, Oklahoma are five of the Top Twenty Men. [read more]

CAU-OSU Partnership Brings Chinese Students to Department
The China Agricultural University (CAU)-OSU joint program is a new partnership approved in 2013 and begun in the fall of 2015. Chinese students now have the opportunity to study two years in China and two years in the agricultural economics department at OSU and receive a “Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness” from both OSU and CAU.

For the fall 2017 semester, 43 new students are now enrolled in the department’s’ joint program.

In May, 28 students were the first graduates of the CAU-OSU joint program. [read more]

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