(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. Brock 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 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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