Affiliated Faculty

Saud A. Amer

Saud Amer, Ph.D. is a physical scientist/hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey. Amer is an experienced remote-sensing scientist, manager, and teacher with expertise in watershed and hydrologic studies and analysis; remote sensing applications; satellite and aerial photograph interpretation; scientific information management systems; land processes scenario development; system design and prototype testing; food insecurity and vulnerability, humanitarian assistant, and disaster mitigation.

Amer is currently working with NMSU on water issues.

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Don Blayney

Don Blayney is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University. Prior to taking the position, he spent 25 years with the Economic Research Service of the USDA. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Westminster College, Pennsylvania, M.A. in Economics from New Mexico State University, and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University.

His primary research interests are commodity production and marketing, specifically those related to the U.S. dairy industry. Of special interest are the U.S. dairy policy and its ramifications, supply chain issues, including farm-level production, and consumer demand for milk and dairy products. More recently, he has explored the role of the U.S. in international dairy trade.

Office: GT 347
Office Phone: 575-646-2433
Fax: 575-646-3808

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Van Bullock

Van Bullock is a College Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University. He received both his BS, Industrial Engineering, and his MA, Economics, from New Mexico State University.

His areas of concentration are Rural Appraisal, Real Estate Investment, and Applied Economics.

Van Bullock's areas of special interest are Real Estate, Applied Economics, and Agricultural Marketing. He teaches Introductory Agricultural Economics and Business, and Rural Appraisal.

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Lowell B. Catlett

Lowell Catlett is a Regent's Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University.

He received his BS from West Texas State, MS from New Mexico State University and PhD in Economics from Iowa State.

His areas of expertise are: Marketing Economics, Futures Markets, and Production Economics. His interests include: Advising and teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, Futures Market Research, Futuristic Planning and Forecasting.

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Jerry M. Hawkes

Jerry Hawkes is an Extension Department Head at Extension Animal Resources at New Mexico State University. Hawkes received his BS in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, MS in Agricultural Economics, and PhD in Range Science all from New Mexico State University.

His areas of expertise are in: farm and ranch business management and computer applications for agriculture. His research interests are: financial diversity in agricultural, production economics as it is related to agriculture, crop and livestock cost and return estimates and applied production economics. Hawkes teaches Agribusiness Management Principles and Life with Microcomputers, Macroeconomic Theory and Microeconomic Theory.

Dr. Hawkes was named Advisor of the Year in 2001, Agricultural and Extension Education Outstanding Advisor in 2002, Teacher of the Year AXED in 2002, and a Gamma Sigma Inductee. He received the 2002 NACTA Teaching Award, the 2002 AXED Club Teaching Award, the 2003 Sam Steel Award, and the 2003 National FFA Award. Hawkes was recognized in Who's Who Among Professors in 2004.

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Jim D. Libbin

Jim Libbin is a professor in the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department. He received his BS in Agricultural Science and MS in Agricultural Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his PhD in Economics from Iowa State University.

He has taught Agribusiness Management, Advanced Agribusiness Management, Economics of Baseball, Applied Production Economics, Agribusiness Financial Management, and various Special Problems and Seminar classes.

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Ari Michelson

Dr. Ari Michelsen is Regent’s Fellow, Center Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at El Paso, and Professor of Agricultural Economics, The Texas A&M University System. His research focus is on water resources valuation, conservation, transfer markets, integrated water resources management and institutional policy analysis. His research includes studies on the effectiveness of agricultural and residential water conservation programs, water markets and prices, impacts of endangered species water acquisition programs, air and water quality regulatory impacts and decision support systems for river basin resource management and water policy analysis in the U.S., China and Chile. He has authored or co-authored over 140 publications and technical reports.

Dr. Michelsen is Past-President of the American Water Resources Association, serves on the Board of Directors and is Past-President of the Universities Council on Water Resources, serves on the National Water Census Advisory Committee, Paso del Norte Watershed Council Executive Committee, New Mexico-Texas Water Commission, Rio Grande Salinity Coalition, Editorial Board of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, and 6th World Water Forum Integrated Water Resources Management Thematic Priority Chair. He is the U.S. Technical Co-Chair for the Joint U.S.-China 2013 Conference on Water Supplies for Mega Cities: Challenges and Solutions.

Prior to joining Texas A&M University in 1999, Dr. Michelsen was faculty in the Department of Economics at Washington State University teaching in the MBA and Environmental Science and Regional Planning Programs, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Wyoming Water Resources Center, and Senior Associate at RCG/Hagler, Bailly Inc., working with government and industry in both water and energy resources. He holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Maryland, M.S. in Economics and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University.

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