Steve Turner is Director of the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) and a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University (MSU). He served as Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at MSU for 12 years prior to his appointment at Director of the SRDC in 2016. Prior to August 2003, he was a Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia. His research has concentrated on marketing and finance with emphasis on the green and livestock sectors, along with futures and option markets. In 2005, Dr. Turner was selected to serve a five-year term as Faculty Athletic Representative for Mississippi State University and currently continues that assignment.