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.
Shea Gould Environmental Economics major Shea Gould has been selected for the 2016-2017 CALS/MAFES Undergraduate Research Program. She will work with Dr. Matthew Interis on "A Coastal Habitat Production Function of Use to Policy-Makers."