Agriculture Firm Profitability and Sustainability

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The Department of Agricultural Economics devotes a major part of its resources on programs to improve the profitability and sustainability of the agro-food system. This work is important to Nebraska's 49,000 farms and ranches, cooperatives and international agribusinesses with locations in the state.

It is also important to the world as we seek to double the food supply in the next 40 years while avoiding pollution of our lands, our water and our food supply. The department also places significant emphasis on comprehensively addressing risk management. This includes production risk, market risk, human risk, institutional risk and financial risk. This comprehensive approach to risk management is important to the following focus areas:

  • Farm and ranch, firm and cooperative management
  • Risk management, markets and trade
  • Production economics

Resources, Tools and Education for Decision Makers



Dave Aiken

Water, Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Resource Law

Austin Duerfeldt

Extension Educator

Lilyan Fulginiti

Production Economics

Jessica Groskopf

Extension Educator

Jim Jansen

Extension Educator

Brad Lubben

Agricultural and Public Policy

Fabio Mattos

Marketing and Risk Management

Glennis McClure

Farm and Ranch Management Analytics

Greg McKee


Lia Nogueira

Food and Agricultural Trade

Jay Parsons
Biosystems Economist
Richard Perrin

Production Economics

Wes Peterson


Matt Stockton

Farm and Ranch Management

Jeff Stokes

Ag Banking and Finance

Robert Tigner

Extension Educator

Allan Vyhnalek

Farm Succession and Transition

Cory Walters

Grain, Oilseeds and Biofuels Economics