(Podcast) Episode 005: Spotlight on Kate fuller

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

Kate discusses her role as a researcher and extension economist who directly works with providing access to education by those in Montana’s agricultural and rural communities. She describes several of her recent research projects involving the economic evaluation of pest and weed control in seed potato production and livestock management. Her extension work has taken her all over the state and has earned her national recognition for her involvement in educating Montana’s farmers and ranchers about the programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. She is looking forward (but not too soon) to again working on delivering information about the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill and describes her vision for the AgEconMT.com project to be a bridge to a different audience.

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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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