(Podcast) Episode 010: Spotlight on Brock Smith

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The AgEconMT crew is joined by Dr. Brock Smith, an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University.┬áBrock discusses his research interests, which are primarily in the areas of natural resource and development economics. He shares findings from two of his recent projects, which consider the trade-offs between the economics benefits of communities’ access to natural resources and potential indirect costs, such as increased crime rates in oil boom towns.

Have you been thinking about issues related to the economics of natural resources, such as oil and natural gas? Has the boom and bust cycle in eastern Montana and western North Dakota affected you?

(Intro and outro music by Trevor Sensor)

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Dr. Anton Bekkerman is a former associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. He currently serves as the director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. 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. Although Bekkerman grew up on the east coast, he had made a small step toward production agricultural after ranching a flock of six backyard chickens.

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