Extension and Outreach
As an agricultural economist with roots in a small farming community, I realize the importance of agricultural extension in improving the livelihoods of farmers and rural agricultural communities. I have witnessed firsthand the disconnect that often exists between highly technical economic research and the realities of the agricultural industries being studied. This disconnect has driven me to pursue a career in which I focus on agricultural extension, so that I may perform economic research informed by practical knowledge to reflect the realities that farmers face, with the goal of communicating my research to agricultural stakeholders and policy-makers to provide the most benefit to the agricultural community.
UC Davis Cost and Return Studies Program
I direct the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Cost and Returns Studies Program. We develop enterprise budgets for California's many commodities, including fruit, vegetable, field, tree and vine crops, and livestock commodities. These studies are developed in partnership with UC Cooperative Extension Specialists and County Advisors, and industry members, and consequently include a wealth of information about production practices and establishment costs. The studies are used by many members of California's agricultural industry, including growers, cooperatives, and lending agencies, as well as by various USDA agencies and university researchers and students. Click the link below to see current cost and returns studies on our website.
Almond and Beekeeping Resources