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Olga Isengildina Massa

John B. and Kristi L. Rowsell Professor
303-A Hutcheson Hall
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA

Dr. Massa’s research program examines commodity market price dynamics, evaluates forecasting performance of USDA and private firms, develops innovative forecasting approaches, and proposes effective price risk management strategies in order to increase profitability and income stability for agribusiness firms. She is a recognized leader in her field, serving as a co-editor of a Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics and co-chairing a NCCC-134 committee on applied commodity price analysis, forecasting and market risk management. 

She uses innovative teaching methods in her classes and though the experimental learning program Commodity Investing by Students (COINS), which enables students to gain hands-on experience in trading and investing in commodity markets.  She engages her students in research projects that generate valuable commodity marketing information for Virginia agribusiness.


Agribusiness; agricultural trade policy analysis; professional M.S. online program; agricultural and commodity marketing


  • Ph.D., Mississippi State University, Agricultural Economics, Finance minor, 2000
  • M.S., Mississippi State University, Agricultural Economics, 1996
  • B.A., Tashkent State University, English Philology, 1993


What Do We Know About the Accuracy and Impact of USDA Reports in the Corn Market?

Current research projects include:

Collins, W., O. Isengildina Massa, and K. Boys. ‘Incorporating Uncertainty into USDA Farm Income Forecasts

Stewart, S., O. Isengildina Massa, and A. Bhattarai. 2023. "Food and Oil Price Volatility Dynamics: Insights from a TVP-VAR-DCC-MIDAS Model."

Isengildina Massa, O., Karali, B., & Irwin, S. Are USDA forecasts optimal? A systematic review. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Isengildina Massa, O., Karali, B., & Irwin, S. Is being bold better? Industry expectations of USDA corn and soybean production estimates. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Wang, Y., O. Isengildina Massa, and S. Stewart. “Impact of Animal Disease Outbreaks on the U.S. Meat Demand.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Poghosyan, A., O. Isengildina-Massa, and S. Stewart. “Futures-Based Forecasts of Cotton Prices: Beyond Historical Averages.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Class of 2023 student, B.S. in Agribusiness Management 

"I wanted to express how much your AgYield project has helped me through my internship interview process. I recently applied for a trainee commodity trader internship for Louis Dreyfus.

I was hesitant for my first interviews as I have never had "real-life experience." I had both my first behavioral and technical interviews recently and wanted to let you know that without the experience the AgYield simulator gave me I would not have been confident in my responses. When I explained the project to them they let me know that many trainees they hire actually have no experience, and they were very interested in learning about the simulator. I wanted to let you know how much this has helped me and piqued my interest in the field!"

Courses taught at Virginia Tech

  • AAEC 4434 Commodity Investing by Students
  • AAEC 4504/5504 Commodity Price Analysis
  • AAEC 3514 Agricultural Futures and Options
  • AAEC 4424 Agricultural Financial Management

Courses taught elsewhere

  • Managerial Economics
  • Economics for Managers
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Commodity Price Analysis
  • Financial Economics
  • Commodity Futures
  • Futures and Options Markets


  • Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 2021 - present
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 2015 - 2021
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University, 2013 - Present
  • Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Texas at Arlington, 2012 - 2015
  • Associate Professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University, 2012 - 2013
  • Assistant Professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University, 2011 - 2012
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, Clemson University, 2006 - 2011
  • Visiting Scholar in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001 - 2006
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia, 2000 - 2001

Selected Awards

Virginia Tech Excellence in Career Advising, 2019-2020

Third Place, Southern Economics Association Poster Competition, February 2013.

Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2012.

Clemson University College of Business and Behavioral Science, Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, 2011-2012.

Isengildina Massa, O., B. Karali, T. Kuethe and A. Katchova. (2020). “Joint Evaluation of the System of USDA’s Farm Income Forecasts.”  Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (in press).

Isengildina-Massa, O., B. Karali, S.H. Irwin, M. Adjemian and R. Johansson. (2020). “When Does USDA Information Have the Most Impact on Crop and Livestock Markets?” Journal of Commodity Markets (

Karali, B., S. H. Irwin and O. Isengildina-Massa. (2020). “Supply Fundamentals and Grain Futures Price Movements.”  American Journal of Agricultural Economics 102(2):548-568.

Isengildina-Massa, O. and A.F. Ramsey. (2019). “Student-Managed Commodity Fund.  A New Frontier in Experiential Learning.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 1-14. doi:10.1017/aae.2019.33.

Karali, B., O. Isengildina-Massa, S.H. Irwin, M.K. Adjemian, R. Johansson. (2019). “Are USDA Reports Still News to Changing Crop Markets?”  Food Policy 89:66-76.

Isengildina-Massa, O., B. Karali and Scott H. Irwin. (2017). “Do Markets Correct for Smoothing in USDA Crop Production Forecasts? Evidence from Private Analysts and Futures Prices.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 39, 4: 559-583.