Puget Spice Crab Apple, Tree Fruit Horticulture Professor Greg Peck, whose research involves apples and hard cider, at Alson H. Smith, Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in Winchester.

Apple Picking

A central tenet of our research activities is to foster profitability in the agricultural sector. We use objective, scientifically-sound methodologies to solve problems inherent to the food and fiber industry - specifically, identification, mitigation, and management of the risks unique to agricultural production, markets, finance, institutions, and human resources. We look at local, regional, national, and international policy implications stemming from applied data analysis and research findings to help inform decision-making at the firm and industry levels. Graduate students have the opportunity to work on cross-disciplinary projects and partner with numerous private sector professionals and organizations.

Recent Publications

Faculty and Graduate Students Title and Publication Name
Gordon Groover, Kathryn A. Boys* Fostering rural and agricultural tourism: exploring the potential of geocaching, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2017.1291646 
Olga Isengildina-Massa Does E-Commerce Help Farmers’ Markets? Measuring the Impact of MarketMaker.” Journal of Food Distribution Society, in press.
Olga Isengildina-Massa “The Impact of Public and Semi-Public Information on Cotton Futures Markets.” Applied Economics, 48:36(2016):3416-3431.
Steve Blank Calf and Yearling Prices in the Western United States: Spatial, Quality, and Temporal Factors in Satellite Video Auctions,” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 41, 3 (2016): 458-480. 
Jim Pease Horticultural Growers’ Willingness to Adopt Recycling of Irrigation Water’, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 48(1), pp. 99–118. doi: 10.1017/aae.2016.2.
Mary Marchant, XIE C.* "Supplying China's Growing Appetite for Poultry," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR). Volume 18 -- Special Issue A(2015):115-136. 
Kim Morgan “Using Audience Response Systems for Extension Programming Impact Evaluation: Findings from Market Ready Farm-to-Restaurant Workshops Conducted in Mississippi and Arkansas.” Journal of Food Distribution Research 46(2): pp. 51-65.
Kim Morgan “A Diversification Strategy for Perennial Horticulture in Florida.” HortTechnology 23(4)