Department of Agricultural Economics

Department News

Leadership Opportunity
The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University, invites nominations for the position of department head for the agricultural economics department. This position is administratively responsible to the vice president and dean [read more].

2019 Rural Economic Outlook Conference
The OSU Agricultural Economics Department is hosting the Rural Economic Outlook Conference at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center located on the OSU campus, Wednesday, October 9, 2019. The excellent lineup of speakers includes Dr. Sarah Low, University of Missouri and Dr. Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Participants will also hear from OSU experts with research updates and outlook information on agricultural finance issues plus grain and livestock markets. The registration fee is $50.00, which includes breakfast, lunch and breaks on Wednesday. More information and a detailed agenda is here.

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Ag Econ Alums Serving in Top Public Service Positions in Oklahoma
Three alums of the ag econ department are serving in leading positions under Oklahoma’s new administration. Governor Stitt has appointed Blayne Arthur (BS 2004) as Secretary of Agriculture, Steve Buck (BS 1993) as Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Initiatives, and Sean Kouplen (BS 1995) as Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development. In addition, Brent Kisling (BS 1994) is serving as Executive Director of the Department of Commerce for the State of Oklahoma. In the Oklahoma Legislature, Brent Howard (BS 2004) serves in District 38 in the Oklahoma State Senate

Also ,five alums have top positions in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Oklahoma: Jim Bellmon (BS 1988) is Regional Manager of the USDA Risk Management Agency, Scott Biggs (BS 2001) is State Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency; Lee Denney (BS 1976) is State Director of USDA Rural Development; Troy Marshall (BS 2002) is State Statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service; and Gary O’Neill (BS 1982) is the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist.

And, on the federal level, alum Congressman Frank Lucas (BS 1982) continues to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma’s third congressional district.

Dr. Joe Schatzer Receives Distinguished Teaching Award
Agricultural economics professor Joe Schatzer has been named a 2018 recipient of the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award.

This annual award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated a strong dedication to enhancing students’ classroom learning experiences. Nominees must be recommended by both professors and students.

In addition to his classroom duties, Schatzer also advises more than 90 undergraduate students annually who are majoring in agricultural economics or agribusiness.

Dayton Lambert Receives Apex and Helios Awards
Dayton Lambert, ag econ professor and holder of the Willard Sparks Chair in Agribusiness, recently received two awards in April. The first was Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics Apex Award. The Apex Award is in recognition of individuals with a strong connection to the department who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. Lambert was also recognized by the USDA’s Economic Research Service’s (ERS) Helios Product of Enduring Quality Award. The Helios Awards recognize excellent achievements in Research and Policy Contribution, Communication Excellence, and Program Effectiveness in ERS’s research program.

Awards and Scholarships Presented at 2019 Aggie X and Agricultural Economics Banquet
In April at the 2019 Aggie-X and Agricultural Economics Scholarships and Award Banquet, 111 scholarships totaling $133,062 were presented to 93 students. Several student and faculty awards were also presented.

Dalacy Dockrey named Outstanding Senior
Dalacy Dockrey, agricultural economics student from Dale, Oklahoma was recently named an OSU Outstanding Senior for 2018-2019 by the OSU Alumni Association. The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.

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308 Agricultural Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405.744.6161
Fax: 405.744.8210