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Past Department Heads

Agricultural & Applied Economics

The History of UW Agricultural Economics

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics formally began in 1920 when the College of Agriculture created a home for specialists to apply the concepts of economics to Wyoming’s production of livestock and crops. Originally focused on assisting ranchers and farmers in making management decisions, the Department’s economists applied their skills with statistics to help them maximize the limited resources all businessmen face.

Over time the department broadened its focus to meet the needs and challenges of more stakeholders interested in agricultural and rural issues. Issue areas the Department works on tend to be with natural resources and the environment, risk and uncertainty, community development, consumption and food supply chains, prices and incomes, and market structures. 

Twelve Department Heads, nearly 100 years . . . .

Alonzo Frederick Vass Alonzo Frederick Vass
Head, 1920-1957 
Andrew Vanvig
Head, 1957-1982
Andrew Vanvig
Jim St. Clair Jim St. Clair
Head, 1982 – 1983 
Gordon Kearl
Head, 1983-1985
Gordon Kearl
Sam Cordes
Sam Cordes
Head, 1985-1989
Glen Whipple
Head, 1989-1992
Glen Whipple
Jim Jacobs Jim Jacobs
Head, 1993
Glen Whipple
Head, 1994-1997
Glen Whipple
Ed Bradley Ed Bradley
Head, 1997-2004
Nicole Ballenger
Head, 2004-2005
Nicole Ballenger
Roger Coupal Roger Coupal
Head, 2005-2017
Ben Rashford
Head, 2017-present
Ben Rashford

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