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

Jayson Lusk Receives Communication Award
Jayson Lusk, Regents Professor and Willard R. Sparks Endowed Chair in Agriculture, has been presented the 2017 Borlaug CAST Communication Award from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). The award cites Dr. Lusk as “a consummate communicator who promotes agricultural science and technology in the public arena. Lusk uses multiple forms of media to advocate for science, as he explains how innovation and growth in agriculture are critical for food security and global progress.”

Dr. Lusk calls himself a “food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it.” His most recent bookUnnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World, explains how science and innovation are linked with feeding the growing global population.

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, Marketing Plan coordinated by Cheryl DeVuyt, 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]

SAEA Awards: Derrell Peel Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award
Charles Breedlove Professor Derrell Peel was awarded the Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) Lifetime Achievement Award at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama, in February. [read more]

SAEA Awards: Max Melstrom Receives Emerging Scholar Award
Assistant Professor Max Melstrom won the SAEA 2017 Emerging Scholar Award at their annual meeting. [read more]

SAEA Awards: Ag Econ Extension Programs win Group and Individual Program Awards
Associate Professor Dave Shideler won the Extension Individual Program Award at the SAEA annual meeting.

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.

Professors Chung and Lusk receive recognition for Outstanding Article and Paper
Chanjin Chung, along with colleagues Youg Sook Eom and Byung Woo Yang, were presented with the 2014 Outstanding Article Award by the Agribusiness: An International Journal editorial team.

Jayson Lusk, with Trey Malone, received an Outstanding Paper Award in the 2016 Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.

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]

Department Continues to be Represented Each Year by OSU Seniors of Significance and Outstanding Seniors
Congratulations to Dillon Johnson, agribusiness and plant and soil sciences major from Afton, Oklahoma; Garrett Reed, agribusiness major from Locust Grove, Oklahoma; and Ricki Schroeder, agricultural leadership and agribusiness major from Nash, Oklahoma for being named as OSU 2016-2017 Outstanding Seniors by the OSU Alumni Association. [read more]

Three Students Selected as OSU Top 20 Freshmen Men and Women
Congratulations to the three students from the agricultural economics department who were named in the top 20 freshmen men and women for 2015-2016: Vanessa Wiebe, DaLacy Dockrey, and Mason Martin. [read more]

Earlier, along with Johnson, Reed, and Schroeder, Lauren Clark, agribusiness major from Eagle, Idaho; Katie Lippoldt, agribusiness major from Kingfisher, Oklahoma; Tyler Schnaithman, agricultural economics major from Garber, Oklahoma; and Carson Vinyard, agribusiness major from Altus, Oklahoma were named OSU Seniors of Significance for 2016-2017. [read more]

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