Department of Agricultural Economics

Department News

Dr. Joe Schatzer Appointed Interim Department Head
Agricultural economics professor Joe Schatzer has been appointed Interim Department Head of the agricultural economics department, following Dr. Mike Woods retirement at the end of July.

Dr. Schatzer has been a part of the agricultural economics faculty for over 35 years, as an instructor and as an advisor and mentor.

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].

Seven Agricultural Economics students chosen as Top 20 Freshmen Men and Top 20 Freshmen Women.
The following ag econ students were chosen Top 20 Freshmen Men and Top 20 Freshmen Women for 2018-2019 by the OSU Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board: Logan Carter, agribusiness, Talala, OK; Jaci Deitrick, agribusiness, Newcastle, OK; Amarie Griffeth, Cushing, OK; Caleb Hutson, agribusiness, Cache, OK; Alexis Molina, agribusiness, Johnson, KS; and Leslie Smith, agribusiness, Mutual, OK. Selections are based on excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

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.

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