On January 1, 2016, Dr. Keith Coble will begin duties as Interim Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. Dr. Steve Turner, previous department head, will become the permanent Director of the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) at Mississippi State University where he has been Interim Director since April 2014. Dr. Coble is a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics and internationally recognized for his research on agricultural risk management and crop insurance. The Department of Agricultural Economics will begin a national search for a department head in January 2016.
Walt Stephens Alumnus Walt Stephens was elected as President of the Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association for 2016. Walt is Regions' Bank city president for Greenville, MS.