Samuel D. Zapata
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco


Dr. Samuel Zapata is an Assistant Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics stationed at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco, TX. Dr. Zapata responsibilities involve leadership and coordination for Extension educational programs in crop and livestock economics, management systems, and risk analysis by providing technical expertise and educational materials for Extension agents, specialists, clientele, and organizations. He serves the 20-county area of the South Extension District. His research agenda focuses on economic feasibility analysis, economic impact of new invasive pests and diseases, production optimization, valuation of novel technologies and product attributes, price analysis, and risk management. Dr. Zapata received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics and M.S. in Applied Economics and Statistics from Clemson University, and B.S. in Agricultural Sciences and Production from Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural University.

Selected Publications:

Zapata, S.D., F. Peguero, M. Sétamou, and O.J. Alabi. Economic Implications of Citrus Greening Disease Management Strategies. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (forthcoming).

Zapata, S.D., R. Dudensing, D. Sekula, G. Esparza-Diaz and R. Villanueva. 2018. “Economic Impact of the Sugarcane Aphid Outbreak in South Texas.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 50(1): 104-128.

Enciso, J., J. Jifon, L. Ribera, S.D. Zapata and G.K. Ganjegunte. 2015. “Yield, Water Use Efficiency and Economic Analysis of Energy Sorghum in South Texas.” Biomass and Bioenergy 81:339-344.

Zapata, S.D. and C.E. Carpio. 2014. “The Theoretical Structure of Producer Willingness to Pay Estimates.” Agricultural Economics 45(5):613-623.

Zapata, S.D., C.E. Carpio, O. Isengildina-Massa and R.D. Lamie. 2013. “The Economic Impact of the Services Provided by an Electronic Trade Platform: The Case of MarketMaker.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 38(3):359-378.


Ph.D., Applied Economics, Clemson University

M.S., Applied Economics and Statistics, Clemson University

B.S., Agriculture, Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural University

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