Farm Foundation® Announces 2023 Agricultural Economics Fellow

Farm Foundation, an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture, has named Dr. Trey Malone as its 2023 Agricultural Economics Fellow. Malone is a food and agricultural economist whose primary research interests are agribusiness entrepreneurship and resiliency in agri-food supply chains. 

Farm Foundation’s Agricultural Economics Fellow program is a yearlong program for a faculty agricultural economist. The 2023 fellowship is focused on sustainable food systems and will provide an opportunity to work with diverse stakeholders on integrated systems approaches to building more sustainable food systems, with a special focus on agricultural production approaches.

In addition to being mentored by staff in USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist, Malone in turn will mentor participants in the Farm Foundation and USDA Economic Research Service Agricultural Scholars program, among other engagements.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Malone to our Agricultural Economics Fellowship program,” says Martha King, vice president of programs and projects at Farm Foundation. “His perspectives on agribusiness and consumer behavior will be an invaluable resource and will serve as a unique springboard for collaboration.”

As part of his fellowship, Malone will author a Farm Foundation Issue Report, adding to his considerable body of publications and accolades. Since 2016, he has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has won multiple research awards, including the Emerging Scholar Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and Communication from the Food Distribution Research Society. 

He currently serves as co-editor of the Agricultural & Resource Economics Review and managing editor of the International Food & Agribusiness Review.  He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas. Prior to this, he was an assistant professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. 

He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst University.  His insights have been featured in popular press outlets, including the New York Times, CNBC, USA Today, Fast Company, and Popular Science.

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