Dr. David P. Anderson
Professor and Extention Economist – Livestock and Food Products Marketing
Dr. David Anderson is a Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. His extension education and research activities are in livestock, and food products marketing and agricultural policy. He is the Texas AgriLife Extension Livestock and Food Products Marketing economist. Dr. Anderson’s program has focused research on the impact of alternative farm programs on the livestock, dairy and crop sectors of agriculture. Dr. Anderson has done extension research on wool, mohair, and dairy policy. Recent extension programs have focused on market outlook, animal identification systems, and country of origin labeling.
Dr. Frederick O. Boadu
Professor and Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Student Affairs
Dr. Frederick O. Boadu is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. He received a B.A. in Economics at Berea College, M.A. Program in Law and Economics at the University of Miami, J.D. in Law at Georgia State University, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on applying tools in law and economics to address issues in international trade law and economics, resource economics, and constitutional economics. He teaches a course in agricultural law. Dr. Boadu is a 2005-2006 Risk Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Senarath Dharmasena
Dr. Dharmasena’s current research interests are in the areas of Consumer Economics and Applied Demand Analysis, Agribusiness and Food Market Analysis, Behavioral Economics, Health and Nutrition Economics, Economics of Food Security, Food Environments and Obesity, Causality Modeling, Probability Forecasting and Forecast Evaluation, and Market Integration and Price Discovery. He is an expert in applied econometric modeling, both structural and time-series. He has expertise in organizing and analyzing extremely large consumer and retailer transaction data, such as Nielsen Homescan panel, and Nielsen Point-of-Sale Scanner data. Also, he is very comfortable with handling macroeconomic data and other national, state and county level data in modeling and forecasting work.
He has papers and/or abstracts published in leading national and international journals including Health Economics, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Journal of Food Distribution Research, Resources, Energy and Development, and Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics. He is member of several national and international professional associations including, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA), Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA), National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA), and International Health Economics Association (iHEA). Dr. Dharmasena has contributed to these professional associations in various capacities such as paper presenter, paper reviewer, selected presentation reviewer, scientific section leader, judge, presentation moderator, organizer of symposia, and invited paper presenter. Also, Dr. Dharmasena is the faculty advisor of the National Agri-Marketing Association Texas A&M Chapter (TAMU-NAMA).
Dr. Ariun Ishdorj
Dr. Ishdorj is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University. Her current areas of research include consumer behavior, food demand analysis and evaluation of food assistance and nutrition programs. Her research interests include Applied Econometrics, Agricultural Economics, Health Economics, Labor Economics and Consumption, and Demand Analysis.
Dr. David J. Leatham
Professor, Associate Head for Graduate Programs
Dr. Leatham’s primary research focus is on improving financial decision making for agricultural businesses including farms and ranches. The optimal portfolio of assets (investment decisions), and the optimal portfolio of short-term credit, long-term credit and owner’s equity to finance assets (capital structure decisions) are important business decisions. The outcome of investment and capital structure decisions is dependent on future events; thus, time and uncertainty must be considered. Much of this research is done in a risk/return framework where optimal decisions depend on an individual’s risk/return preference. DR. LEATHAM’S secondary focus is on improving the ability of financial intermediaries to provide credit TO agricultural businesses (agricultural credit). Specifically, this work centers on 1) designing and evaluating financial derivatives that can be used by agricultural lenders to manage interest rate risk, 2) improving credit assessment models, and 3) assessing the impact of deregulation and structural changes on agricultural lender’s ability and willingness to provide credit to agricultural firms.
Dr. John P. Nichols
Professor Emeritus and Former Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. His research and teaching program includes agricultural and food product marketing and policy and international agribusiness. Dr. Nichols’ teaching responsibilities have included agribusiness and food marketing, strategic marketing and planning, and agricultural and food policy. Primary research interests have focused on producer-based collective marketing programs, evaluation of marketing strategies, and food industry marketing. Throughout his career at Texas A&M University Dr. Nichols has been active in various administrative leadership roles in the Department and with the College and Experiment Station. Since the early 1990s he has directed a series of agribusiness education projects in Russia, Armenia, and Georgia.
Dr. Marco A. Palma
Associate Professor and Extension Economist-Horticultural Marketing
Dr. Palma coordinates statewide leadership for extension educational programs and applied research in horticultural marketing by providing technical expertise and educational program development for industry audiences, such as producers, packers, and shippers, wholesale and retail trade.
Dr. John L. Park
Professor and Extension Economist
Roy B. Davis Professor of Agricultural Cooperation
Dr. Park is an associate professor and extension economist for cooperative business at Texas AgriLife Extension Service. He is the current holder of the Roy B. Davis Professorship in Agricultural Cooperation. Dr. Park specializes in management and marketing associated with agricultural and food business. He works closely with the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council to implement executive training and educational programming for cooperative businesses. Other interests include food marketing, retailing, distribution, and leadership. Dr. Park is a long-standing member of the Food Distribution Research Society and currently serves as president-elect of that organization.
Dr. John R. C. Robinson
Professor and Extension Economist
Dr. John Robinson is a Professor and Extension Specialist/Cotton Marketing. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Entomology, and a Ph.D in Agricultural Economcs, all from Texas A&M University. His prior experience includes research and extension within the Texas A&M University System (College Station, Thrall, Vernon, Weslaco) and at Mississippi State University. His current extension program emphasizes risk management issues related to cotton, including cash markets, hedging, contracting, insurance, policy, and transportation/logistics.
Dr. C. Parr Rosson III
Professor and Department Head
Dr. Rosson is Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Professor and Extension Economist with the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service. He is also the Director of the Center for North American Studies, Department of Agricultural Economics, at Texas AgriLife Research. Recent extension and research programs include workshops on Exporting to Cuba, economic impacts of US and Texas exports and the impacts of alternate transport systems for grains and cotton. Other activities include analysis and impacts of immigration reform, invasive species, and policy changes resulting from WTO negotiations. Dr. Rosson is a member of the USDA/USTR Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee on Grains, Feed, and Oilseeds and chairs the Agribusiness and Fisheries Committee of the Border Trade Alliance. Rosson has experience in Mexico, Canada, Central America, Iraq, Cuba, South America, Europe, Australia, Japan, and developing Asia. Dr. Rosson received his PhD from Texas A&M in 1982. He was Associate Professor/Extension Economist at Clemson University until 1989, when he returned to Texas A&M.
Dr. Dmitry V. Vedenov
Dr. Dmitry Vedenov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. His research interests and experience are in the areas of agribusiness, finance, risk modeling, decision-making under uncertainty, crop insurance and dynamic models in economics. Dr. Vedenov received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University. Prior to his appointment with Texas A&M he worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia.