Agricultural Economics Fellow and Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow Programs

Farm Foundation is pleased to offer the opportunity for outstanding early-to-mid career agricultural economists to join our team for one year.

Agricultural Economics Fellow Nomination Form

Call for Nominations for 2024 Farm Foundation Agricultural Economics Fellow Is Open

The nomination window for the the 2024 Farm Foundation Agricultural Economics Fellow is now open. This Fellow will work with diverse stakeholders on integrated systems approaches to understanding and overcoming the challenges in developing a greater understanding of how trade and sustainability are interconnected and are impacting the food and agricultural sectors in the United States and beyond.
The Agricultural Economics Fellow may focus work on communicating to increase understanding on the economics and gaps in understanding that exist, particularly in connecting regulatory, legal, and institutional frameworks between agricultural trade and sustainable development.  Research areas may include but are not limited to current issues and economic policy on global sustainability and agricultural trade, the implications of disruptions in agricultural trade flows, the role of agricultural trade in reducing GHG emissions globally, trade and sustainability implications of adoption of new technologies, current trade policy issues such as deforestation-free supply chains, and the future of agricultural trade and sustainability goals more broadly.

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Selection Process

Nominations will be accepted through October 20, 2023. Nominations from faculty or other professional references, as well as self-nominations, will be accepted.

By mid-November 2023, Farm Foundation will narrow the applicant pool to 2-3 final candidates.

Finalists will be asked to interview with Farm Foundation and other experts, with a final determination on the successful applicant to be made in mid-December 2023.

About the Agricultural Economics Fellowship

The Agricultural Economics Fellow program is designed to nurture a promising leader in the field, and provides a post-Ph.D. agricultural economist with a unique yearlong opportunity to be mentored and mentor, provide thought leadership through publications and speaking appearances, expand their network, manage high-visibility projects and elevate their stature and reputation in the food and agricultural sectors.

The Fellow will work with diverse stakeholders on integrated systems approaches to building more sustainable food systems, with a special focus on agricultural production approaches such as regenerative agriculture, climate smart agriculture, agroecology, and sustainable productivity growth. For many production approaches, including regenerative agriculture, there are gaps in understanding what the approach requires and what its impacts are on food security, farmer incomes, resource conservation, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Expectations and Opportunities for the Agricultural Economics Fellow
  • Participate and engage in Farm Foundation programs or events (e.g., attend or participate in relevant conferences)
  • Produce several short written pieces, such as blog posts
  • Author at least one issue paper on sustainable food systems
  • Network and be mentored by staff in USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist, with at least six meetings anticipated
  • Mentor and meet with participants in the Farm Foundation and USDA Economic Research Service Ag Scholars program on a recurring basis
  • Mentor and meet with other participants in Farm Foundation’s suite of Next Generation programs as time and opportunities allow

2023 Agricultural Economics Fellow

Trey Malone

Dr. Trey Malone
2023 Agricultural Economics Fellow

Dr. Trey Malone, a food and agricultural economist whose primary research interests are agribusiness entrepreneurship and resiliency in agri-food supply chains, has been named as Farm Foundation’s 2023 Agricultural Economics Fellow.

Dr. Malone 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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Agricultural Economics Fellow and Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow Alumni