(Podcast) Episode 004: Spotlight on Joe Janzen

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Today Anton Bekkerman interviews and helps listeners get to know Dr. Joe Janzen, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University and a regular contributor to the AgEconMT.com outreach website.

Joe talks about how his production agriculture background has contributed to his interest in studying commodity pricing and the dynamics of commodity markets. He discusses several of his more recent projects that consider the entry of major wheat exporters in the world market and how those changes are affecting global wheat markets. Joe then offers some insights on a newer work and ideas that he is excited to work on in the upcoming months. He discusses his focus on identifying and pushing further product differentiation in grain markets in order to advance northern Grain Plains farmers’ profitability.

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(Intro and outro music by Trevor Sensor)

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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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