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

OSU Board of Regents Approves Ag Econ Personnel Actions
Dr. Rodney Jones has been promoted to Professor with tenure. Dr. Eric DeVuyst has been appointed to hold the Jean and Patsy Neustadt Chair in Agricultural Economics. Dr. Wade Brorsen has been reappointed to hold the A.J. and Susan Jacques Chair in Agricultural Economics. Dr. Damona Doye has been reappointed to hold the Rainbolt Chair in Agricultural Finance.

Ag Econ Alum Spotlighted As A Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture
Karen Eifert Jones of Waukomis was honored by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, and OSU as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture. She graduated from OSU in 1985 with a degree in agricultural economics with a marketing and business option.

After graduation, Jones worked for 20 years in ag finance, ag chemical sales, government programs, and farm management. In 2008, she returned to help work the land that has been in her family for more than 125 years and where she was raised.

Jones also received the OSU Master Agronomist award this year that is awarded for efforts in agronomic education and contributions of valuable public service in the fields of soil conservation, range management, or crop management.

County Training Program Publication Earns NACDEP Honors
The County Training Program (CTP), an agricultural economics department extension program earned an award from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) at their recent conference. The CTP publication Handbook for County Commissioners of Oklahoma 2017 earned first place honors in the Southern Region for “Educational Materials: Team” for 2017.

In addition to the county commissioners, the CTP provides handbooks for four other county offices: county clerk, county treasurer, county court clerk, and county sheriff. It also produces the Purchasing Handbook for Oklahoma Counties for all county offices. These handbooks are based on the Oklahoma Statutes and are produced with the assistance of representatives of county offices and various state agencies.

CTP team members are Notie Lansford, Program Leader; Judy Rudin, Local Government Communication Specialist and handbook editor; Local Government Specialists Ann Embree, Sherry Schieffer, Suzanne Spears, and Debbie Hodnefield; and Senior Administrative Assistant Jendi Mapitigama.

The CTP provides training and technical assistance for all county offices under the oversight of the Commission on County Government Personnel Education and Training as mandated in the Oklahoma Statutes. [read more]

Agribusiness Student Receives Women for Oklahoma State University Honors
Megan DeVuyst, an agribusiness junior from Morrison, Oklahoma, has received one of 10 scholarships presented by Women for Oklahoma State University at their ninth annual Symposium last month. She was also named a Women for OSU scholar.

Women for OSU is a diverse group of visionary women who share a passion for inspiring leadership and financial support to OSU. Women for OSU envisions a culture of giving and service that acknowledges the significant impact women have at OSU and inspires others to positively shape the future of the university through philanthropy and engagement.

An award presentation will occur at an event cohosted by Syngenta and CAST at the World Food Prize Symposium in October. The Borlaug CAST Communication Award honors the legacies of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug and Dr. Charles A. Black, the first president of CAST.

FFA Contest
As part of the State FFA Contests hosted by CASNR on April 29, members of the agricultural economics department worked with 32 teams comprising over 120 students representing over 33 schools from across Oklahoma.The categories of contests in agricultural economics included: Farm Business Management coordinated by Notie Lansford,which had 66 contestants on 19 teams from 20 schools participating. Amber-Pocasset school had the high individual and was the winning team. In second place was Binger-Oney. Marketing Plan coordinated by Cheryl DeVuyst, and Ag Sales coordinated by Brian Adam, which had 28 participants on 7 teams. The winning team was Amber-Pocasset, and the winning individual was from Amber-Pocasset. The second place winner was from Prague.

In addition, many volunteers from the department including faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and Aggie X officers provided support to help make this a successful event.

The Ag Econ department has several faculty members who are visibly engaged with FFA instructors across the state. Many of our most successful students come from schools with a strong FFA presence, which makes this a very significant event for the future of the department.

New Extension coordinators working on local foods program
The agricultural economics department welcomed two new Extension Business Development Coordinators (SBDC) in December, James Arati and Lisa Bryant. James and Lisa are tasked with developing and coordinating a local foods program within Extension to enhance the department’s capacity to deliver educational materials focused on local foods while identifying opportunities and partnerships for new Extension projects. Also, their program will help provide greater visibility for the department and Extension in urban areas and among new constituents.

James and Lisa, along with their SBDC colleagues, are also available to travel to county Extension offices and meet with interested business owners/managers to provide confidential, one-on-one technical assistance.

These two individuals work closely with Dave Shideler, and their positions are funded through a 50% matching grant from the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. ames is located in the Cleveland County Extension Office in Norman; jarati@okstate.edu. Lisa is housed in at the Southeast District Office in Ada; lisa.bryant@okstate.edu.

AG Econ Faculty, Students, and Alumnus Receive Awards at CASNR Scholarship and Awards Banquet
Dr. John Michael Riley received the “Outstanding Advisor” Award presented by Student Success Leaders. Dr. Chanjin Chung received the “Graduate Advising and Mentoring” Award as part of the CASNR teaching and advising award program. Agribusiness/PASS Senior Dillon Johnson was named the CASNR Outstanding Senior.

Two Ag econ alumnus won the two Early Career Achievement Awards presented to CASNR alums on behalf of the CASNR Alumni Association. Shannon Angle, B.S. in AGEC and Accounting, is the Finance Director for Koch Ag and Energy Solutions’ global fertilizer business. Jon Marc Holt, B.S. in Agribusiness, is Senior Operations Manager for Target Corporation

Many other students in our department received honors, recognitions, and scholarships and were featured at the Agricultural Economics Department and Aggie-X Club Scholarships and Awards Banquet.

Agricultural Economics Department and Aggie-X Club Scholarships and Awards Banquet
Over 300 people attended the scholarships and awards banquet April 8, where 122 scholarships totaling $138,350 were presented to 102 agricultural economics students. Faculty, staff, and students were honored for awards received and service to the department.

The donors of three new endowed scholarships were honored at the banquet as their first scholarships were presented. These scholarships are the James A. Barker Scholarship in Agricultural Economics; the Bruce and Susan Neustadt Scholarship (donors: Bruce and Susan Neustadt); and the Aggie-X Alumni Endowed Scholarship (donors: Paul Goeringer, Derrick Davies, Jared Boehs, Bart Fischer, and other Aggie-X alumni). [read more]

For a description of the Agricultural Economics Department scholarships click here.

In 2013, the department initiated a project to document its history, starting with a brief history written by the late Dr. Leo Blakley, professor emeritus, and using Donald Green’s Agriculture Centennial History series and department archives. [read more]

The County Training Program, managed by Professor Notie Lansford and including staff members Ann Embree, Sherri Schieffer, Suzanne Spears and Jendi Mapitigama won the Extension Group Program Award.

CAU-OSU Partnership Brings Chinese Students to Department
The China Agricultural University (CAU)-OSU joint program is a new partnership 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.

This month, 28 of those students participated in the OSU undergraduate graduation ceremonies. They graduated with a “Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness,” not only from OSU, but also from CAU. These students are the first graduates of the CAU-OSU joint program approved in 2013.

A special departmental graduation ceremony and reception to honor these students was also be held in the Student Union Starlight Terrace. [read more]

Mark Your Calendar: Oklahoma’s Statewide Women Agriculture and Small Business Conference Set for August 3.
The Oklahoma Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference is scheduled for August 3-4, 2017 in Oklahoma City at the Moore-Norman Technology Center. [read more]

Save the Date! 2017 Rural Economic Outlook Conference Scheduled
Luis Ribera, Associate Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, and Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri–Columbia and a professor in the MU department of agricultural and applied economics, are scheduled as the keynote speakers for the 2017 Rural Economic Outlook Conference scheduled for Friday, October 20th, at the OSU Alumni Center.

Ribera’s areas of interest are international trade, transportation, risk analysis and biofuels. He is the Director of the Center for North American Studies and also serves as the Program Director for International Projects with the Agricultural and Food Policy Center [read more].

Save the date: the 2017 Rural Economic Outlook Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 20th, at the OSU Alumni Center.

Keynote speakers at the 2016 conference provided over 140 attendees with information on the future of agriculture in Oklahoma from a global perspective to national, state, and local outlooks. [read more]

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