Ram N. Acharya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University. He received an M.A in Economics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, an M.S. in Economics and Management from the University Pertanian Malaysia, Malaysia, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University.
Dr. Acharya is the Chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee and the Departmental Coordinator in Ag Economics and Ag Business Graduate Programs. He is responsible for responding to inquires regarding graduate study in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business (3 Master's degree programs including: Master of Science in Agricultural Economics; Master of Agriculture with specialization in Agribusiness; and Master of Business Administration with specialization in Agribusiness).
His primary research interests are in food safety, logistics management, spatial competition, production efficiency, technology adoption, and demand analysis. He is currently involved in research projects related to food defense, food safety, market power, and fresh produce marketing.
Dr. Ram Acharya's recent publications have appeared in numerous journals including the Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Bank Marketing, Journal of Business and Economics Research, Journal of Economics and Business, Applied Economics Letters, e-Service Journal, Health Economics & Behavior Journal, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
Office: GT 381A
Office Phone: 575-646-2524
William D. Gorman
Bill Gorman is a Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department at New Mexico State University. He holds a B.S. in General Agriculture and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from University of Illinois, and a Ph.D Oregon State University, Agricultural Economics, Minor: Economics & Statistics.
His fields of concentration are in: Agricultural Business Feasibility, High Value Crops, International Competitiveness, International Trade and Marketing. Gorman's areas of special interest are: International Marketing, Impacts of the Information Revolution on the structure of global food and agribusiness firms, and Viticulture. Gorman teaches the NAMA Market Analysis class and is the NAMA sponsor. Currently, Dr. Gorman serves as the advisor of the NMSU chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association NAMA).
Office: GT 353E
Office Phone: 575-646-7194
Cell Phone: 575-649-1295
Paul Gutierrez, Extension Specialist, is based on the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces. His research interests and expertise are in the fields of range livestock production and marketing economics with an emphasis on sustainable ranching systems, including renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Office: GT 340
Office Phone: 575-646-7577
Cell Phone: 575-644-1773
Brian H. Hurd
Brian Hurd is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University, whose principle research examines the ways in which human systems and economies interact with water, land, and climatic resources. His courses in both water resource management and world food systems receive wide praise from students from across the university.
Prior to coming to NMSU, he was ten years in private consulting where he examined the socio-economic impacts from and adaptations to changes in climate and climate variability.
Originally from Colorado and an alum of CU Boulder, he earned MS and PhD degrees from UC Davis. This was followed by a year spent as a post-doctorate scholar at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, where he continued his doctoral research on risk management and the economics of integrated pest management practices in large scale cotton systems.
David G. Kraenzel
Dr. David G. Kraenzel is a Research Faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics at New Mexico State University.
He has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business, a Master of Agriculture and a M.S. in Horticulture from New Mexico State University; a M.S. in Strategic Marketing Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a Ph.D. in Continuing Adult and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His fields of concentration are in Agricultural Economic Development, Agribusiness feasibility, conventional and organic crop farming and livestock ranching enterprise development, sustainable agriculture, the development of local food systems and cultivating/developing new and young farmer and ranchers in the State of New Mexico.
Office: GT 346
Jay M. Lillywhite
Jay Lillywhite is a professor within the department and the department head. He joined the Department in 2003 after graduating from Purdue University. His areas of expertise include agribusiness management and marketing. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in financial derivative markets. His research has included explorations of consumer preferences for a variety of New Mexico agricultural products, market development for New Mexico agricultural products, food safety, and agricultural fairs.
Office: GT 387
Office Phone: 575-646-3215
J. Michael Patrick
Michael Patrick is an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department, Director of the Doctorate of Economic Development program, and Community Resource & Economic Development Specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University.
He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; M.S. in Community Development from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.
Dr. Patrick's areas of expertise are: community economic development, rural development, business development and entrepreneurship. Patrick has over 20 years of teaching, research, and community economic development activity in the U.S.- Mexico border region and Latin America.
Office: GT 343
Office Phone: 575-646-5682
Cell Phone: 575-202-4253
Chadelle Robinson is a College Instructor in the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department at New Mexico State University. She holds a BS in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and MS in Agricultural Economics from New Mexico State University.
Currently, Chadelle Robinson serves as the advisor of the NMSU chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).
Office: GT 381B
Office Phone: 575-646-5093
Rhonda Skaggs is a Professor Emeritus in the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Her B.S. is in General Agriculture, Colorado State University (1981); M.S., in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, Colorado State University (1985); and Ph.D. in Economics, Utah State University (1989). She grew up on a farm in eastern Colorado, joined NMSU in August 1989, and retired from her full-time faculty position in January 2015.
She regularly taught the department's courses in food and agricultural policy.
Her recent research has been in the areas of irrigation and water resources, natural resource and economic impacts of changing agricultural structure, and impermanence syndrome in western public land ranching. She has worked with the NSF-funded Jornada Basin LTER project, and also has collaborated with scientists in NMSU's Department of Civil Engineering, and in Mexico.
Dr. Skaggs will be a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay in 2015 and 2016, at the Instituto Nacional de Investigacion Agropecuaria in Uruguay.
Cell Phone: 575-642-0032
Rhonda Skaggs has been involved in the following research initiatives at NMSU:
L. Allen Torell
Allen Torell is a Professor Emeritus in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department at New Mexico State University.
He holds a BS in Agricultural Education and a MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nevada and a PhD in Economics from Utah State University.
Dr. Torell's expertise is in: computer applications, farm and ranch management, public land policy, natural resources economics, and ranch/range economics. His areas of special interest are: Range Economics, Resource Economics, Ranch Planning, Production Economics, Agricultural Policy, and Operations Research. Torell teaches Advanced Microcomputer Applications, Production Economics and Econometrics.
Office: GT 379C
Office Phone: 575-646-4732
John Townsend is a College Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Extension and Education and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Townsend is the department's Undergraduate Programs Coordinator. He is responsible for responding to inquiries regarding undergraduate study for our two majors, Agricultural Economics/Agricultural Business (AEAB) and Natural Resource Economic and Policy (NREP) as well as the department's minors in Agricultural Business Management (ABM) and Natural Resource Economics (NRE).
Before coming to NMSU, Townsend taught at Oklahoma Panhandle State University for over 18 years where he served as an academic advisor and taught courses for multiple schools within the university.
Townsend's fields of interest include: commodity futures and options markets, agricultural marketing and commodity risk management and microcomputer applications and security.
Office: GT 381
Office Phone: 575-646-2401
Frank Ward is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business at New Mexico State University and the Departmental Coordinator for MS and PhD in Water Science and Management Programs. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Economics from Colorado State University.
Ward's expertise is water policy. He is the author of numerous journal articles, research reports, and book chapters. Ward has written two books: Valuing Nature with Travel Cost Models. 2000 with D.J. Beal published by Edward Elgar (UK) and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics by Prentice-Hall, scheduled for 2005.
Ward teaches Water Resource Economics and Natural Resource Economics.
Office: GT 368 F
Office Phone: 575-646-1220
- Economic impact of alternative policy responses to prolonged and severe drought in the Rio Grande Basin
Economic Costs and Benefits of Instream Flow Protection for Endangered Species in an International Basin
Integrated Economic, Hydrologic and Institutional Analysis of Policy Responses to Mitigate Drought Impacts in the Rio Grande Basin (forthcoming)
Drip Irrigation May Not Save Water Analysis FindsA new analysis suggests that subsidies and other policies that encourage conservation methods like drip irrigation can actually increase water consumption.