Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, 2017
M.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University, 2014
B.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University, 2012
My role within AAEC contributes to teaching, research, and extension. As an instructor, I strive to bring students a real-world approach to learning by integrating my experience from research and extension. My research program is primarily focused on identifying problems along the food system chain and using the information to create solutions for producers and policy makers. My extension goals are to integrate consumer’s wants and needs into food producers and processors’ business decisions. Typically, much of my research program stems from my extension work.
AAEC 3004 - Production and Consumption Economics
AAEC 2434 - Foundations of Agribusiness
Courses Taught Elsewhere
AGEC 3213 – Quantitative Methods (Oklahoma State University)
Program Focus: 1) understanding factors affecting value-added food systems – from producers through consumers; 2) analyzing potential food policy impacts from various labeling initiatives; 3) determining the effects of spatial competition between agribusiness firms.
American Veterinary Medical Association: identifying factors affecting earning potential.
State Food Labeling Programs: evaluating the effectiveness of state labeling campaigns and how they compete against neighboring states.
"Learning to Do; Doing to Learn" - Excerpt from the National FFA Organization's Motto.
My Extension program is focused on integrating consumer's wants and desires into producer's decisions in order for the producer to be more successful and the consumer more satisfied. I strive to assist new producers with a business training program, and help existing businesses identify new ways to market their products. I integrate much of these experiences into the classroom so that students have the opportunity to see real-world economics in action.
- Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 2017-Present
- Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, 2014-2017
- Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University, 2012-2014
- Undergraduate Research Assistant/Lab Assistant, Pland and Soil Sciences, Texas Tech University, 2011-2012
CASNR Three Minute Thesis 3rd Place - Oklahoma State University
Refereed Journal Articles
Neill, C.L., R.B. Holcomb, and B.W. Brorsen (2017). “Starting on the Right Foot: School Characteristics and Veterinarian Starting Salary.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Neill, C.L. and R.B. Williams (2016). “Consumer Preference for Alternative Milk Packaging: The Case of an Inferred Environmental Attribute.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 48(3): 241-256.
Neill, C.L. and R.B. Williams (2015). “An Economic Valuation on the External Cost of Alternative Milk Packaging and Delivery Options.” Journal of Food Distribution Research. 46(3): 68-80.
Peer Reviewed Extension Publications
Holcomb, R. B. and C. Neill. “Is ‘Made In Oklahoma’ a Good Marketing Angle for My New Food Business?” Food & Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma State University, 2016.
Neill, C., R.B. Holcomb, C. Willoughby, and M. Osburn. “Findings from the ‘Made In Oklahoma’ Coalition 2015 Consumer Perceptions Survey.” Food & Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma State University, 2015.
Neill, C.L. and R.B. Holcomb. 2016. “AVMA Report on Veterinary Markets” Cooperating Analysts.