Cole Gustafson, NDSU Extension Service, Published February 16 2012
Spotlight on Economics: Premiere of NDSU economics columnI want to welcome you to the inaugural article of this news column. I am Cole Gustafson, chair of the North Dakota State University Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department.
This column is intended to provide you with an update on emerging economic and agribusiness issues and research that my colleagues are working on. Every other week, one faculty member will discuss an economic issue that is impacting the region, describe new research projects he or she is about to undertake, share preliminary results and, in the end, share what we have discovered. We are going to rotate through all department faculty, so there will be quite a variety of topics presented.
Colleagues in the Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department work on a broad range of issues, such as crop insurance, land values, western energy, community planning, international trade, bioenergy and obesity. I think you are going to be impressed with the breadth of topics.
Some of you may recall that I authored a previous column called "New Energy Economics," which was very successful. The purpose of that column was to provide an update on events and issues about renewable biofuels and wind energy. The column resulted in very positive feedback and many questions from the readers became the subject of articles. I am hoping to accomplish the same result with this column, but on a much broader array of issues.
If you have questions, suggestions or comments after reading future columns that my colleagues author, please feel free to contact them directly or me. Moreover, if you would like us to discuss a topic that we haven't touched on, feel free to forward the issue to me and I will try to find someone to respond.