Ben Garber completed his B.S. in Applied Economic Management within the department during spring 2019 before joining our graduate program. During his master's work he has been working on the department's Ecuadorean panel study, which focuses on the suitability of conservation agriculture techniques to the Andean highlands and on providing undergraduate students with international research experience. His thesis research currently covers the economic impact of value-added feeder cattle certification programs in Virginia and the potential of these types of programs to contribute to farmer education. His general research interests include agribusiness, extension, and international development.