Agricultural Economist at Oklahoma State University

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Teaching Mission: to instill an understanding of economic principles necessary for successful agribusinesses, wealthy societies, and happy people. I teach the following courses:

  • AGEC 4243: Researching consumer food preferences
  • AGEC 4223: Quantitative supply chain management in agribusiness
  • AGEC 3023: Farm to Fork

Current research:

  • Finishing a book called Meet the Food Radicals with sociologist Tamara Mix (will be out in spring of 2019)
  • Currently studying ...
  • ... the contribution of food pantries in closing the needs-gap among low-income households
  • ... the carbon footprint of conventional versus grass-fed beef
  • ... relationship between gluten sensitivity and political beliefs
  • ... using Identity Theory to improve survey design
  • ... predicting food security rates using internet surveys
  • ... impact of beef discoloration on consumer willingness-to-pay for beef
  • ... consumer preferences for pecans

Brief Biography: A South Carolina native, I dreamed of living in a state like Oklahoma where many others roped cattle and competed in rodeos. After receiving degrees from Clemson, Kansas State, and North Carolina State University, I got that chance. Since 2003 I have taught undergraduate classes in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. My research appointment also allows me to write books and conduct scientific studies. I am the current holder the of Barry Pollard, M.D. / P&K Equipment Professorship in Agribusiness.