- My research, extension, and teaching programs have focused on economic issues relevant to the commercial agricultural sector. I generally conduct research in the areas of agricultural finance and management. A common goal within these two areas is to better understand how management decisions, policy, and factors in the firm’s external economic environment impact economic performance. As such, an ultimate goal of my research is to produce knowledge that is eventually applied by farm, agribusiness, and agricultural finance firms. In addition, the results of the research often have implications for public policy development.