About Dr. Rister:
Professor in Rural Entrepreneurship and Associate Department Head in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. Received his B.S. (1974) and M.S. (1976) from Texas A&M University and Ph.D. (1981) from Michigan State University, all in Agricultural Economics. His research efforts with the Texas AgriLife Research and Texas Water Resources Institute are currently focused on the economics of water use, delivery systems, alternative sources (including desalination and conventional municipal water treatment) [principally in the Rio Grande Basin] and economics of watershed management involving identifying most economic efficient Best Management Practices for reducing nutrient and sediment inflows into reservoirs. He is also investigating the economics of two bioenergy feedstocks, algae and high-energy sorghum. Dr. Rister has teaching responsibilities in undergraduate rural entrepreneurship, with his senior-level two-course capstone sequence focused on students developing a comprehensive business plan for a rural business venture of their individual choosing. His Associate Head responsibilities encompass development activities and other assorted issues.
Rural entrepreneurship; water economics; farm management; and production economics.
Rister, M. Edward, Ronald D. Lacewell, John R. Robinson, John R. Ellis, and Allen W. Sturdivant. “Economic Methodology for South Texas Irrigation Projects- RGIDECON©.” Texas Water Resources Institute. TR-203. College Station, TX. October 2002.
Rister, M. Edward, Ronald D. Lacewell, Allen W. Sturdivant, John R. C. Robinson, Michael C. Popp, and John R. Ellis. “Economic and Conservation Evaluation of Capital Renovation Projects: Harlingen Irrigation District Cameron County No. 1 – Canal Meters and Telemetry Equipment, Impervious-Lining of Delivery Canals, Pipelines Replacing Delivery Canals, and On-Farm Delivery-Site Meters.” Texas Water Resources Institute. TR-202. College Station, TX. November 2002.
Rister, M. Edward, E.G. Smith, V.M. Aguilar, D.P. Anderson, and Ronald D. Lacewell. “An Economic Evaluation of Sugarcane Production and Processing in Southeast Texas.” Environmental Issues/Sustainability DET 99-01, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M University System. College Station, Texas. May 1999.
PhD (Agricultural Economics), Michigan State University
MS (Agricultural Economics), Texas A&M University
BS (Agricultural Economics), Texas A&M University