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.

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.

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

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Agricultural Economics Fellow and Agricultural Economics Trade Fellow Alumni