(Podcast) Episode 002: Spotlight on Eric Belasco

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Today Anton Bekkerman interviews and helps listeners get to know Dr. Eric Belasco, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University and a regular contributor to the AgEconMT.com outreach website. Eric describes some of his current research in understanding price response in cattle markets to droughts and discusses some of his teaching efforts in the financial engineering program.

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Dr. Anton Bekkerman is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University, joining the faculty in 2009 after completing his PhD at North Carolina State University. Bekkerman's primary areas of research are grain marketing, basis and price forecast modeling, understanding how grain prices are affected by changes in supply chain infrastructures and quality demands, and analyzing the economic trade-offs of adopting alternative dryland cropping systems in Montana. One of his current projects is an investigation of how new grain loading technologies are affecting prices that Montana farmers receive for their wheat. Bekkerman is also examining the economic impacts that Montana's rapidly expanding dry pulse industry will have on the state's crop industry. Although Bekkerman grew up on the east coast, he has recently made a small step toward production agricultural after acquiring three backyard chickens.

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