Apart from teaching and scholarly research, my work partners with agribusinesses, farms, other universities, law firms, and others.
I have contracted with private firms to analyze commodity markets, crop production, and related agricultural problems since 2019. I also work independently through expert networks (ProSapient, Atheneum, GLG, and Guidepoint) for phone consultations and strategic analyses, both domestically and internationally.
Part of my extracurricular extension duties at Murray State University include supporting farmers within our service region by answering economic, marketing, management, and financial questions, as well as contributing to any field days and promotion tours. One of my main outlets for this activity is via Agricultural Economic Insights, where I publish blogs and articles, forecast crop yields throughout the growing season, analyze futures price patterns, and deliver reports on agricultural markets.
I also work quite a bit in industry engagement, in which MSU or a partnering institution has been approached by an ag input supplier, retailer, or manufacturer with a persistent high-stakes problem facing their company. All faculty involved (at MSU and elsewhere) meet with key decisionmakers at the firm and develop a size and scope of the study required to analyze and address the business problem. Results are presented to stakeholders (e.g. executives, board of directors, investors, managers) after which we discuss next steps and answer any questions. After the embargo on the study expires (typically 6-18 months), we disseminate the research at academic conferences and/or in peer-review journals. The ideal business problem the team and I take on would have high value for the food & agriculture industry, be tractable within our respective skillsets, prove suitable for a graduate student thesis, and have the potential to publish in a high impact scholarly journal.