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Cody O'Brien



Cody O'Brien

M.S. | Agricutlural Economics with a Concentration in Agribusiness, Anticipated graduation: May 2017

B.S. | Agribusiness, Kansas State University, December 2015

Research Focus | productivity and profitability of farms 

Experience :

Kansas State University | Department of Agricultural Economics January 2016 – Present Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant; Manhattan, KS

  • Assess links between farm productivity, profitability, and growth
  • Evaluate and compare financial efficiencies of Kansas crop and livestock farms
  • Research and teaching assistant for Elizabeth Yeager, Ph.D.

John Deere & Co. May 2015 – August 2015 Marketing Intern; Ankeny, IA

  • Worked with competitive information to create dealer resources to improve sales
  • Lead customer focus groups to understand needed specifications for future products
  • Collaborated with cross-functional groups inside and outside the factory to create customer solutions

CoBank June 2014-August 2014 Credit Analyst Intern; Wichita, KS

  • Analyze historical and projected financial statements for commercial customers; utilizing excel extensively
  • Handle sensitive information to provide credit analysis for commercial Grain & Farm Supply customers by analyzing the five C's of credit

Curriculum Vitae

Frank Kyekyeku Nti



Frank Nti

Ph.D. | Agricultural Economics, Anticipated graduation 2017

M.S. | Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, 2012

B.S. | Agricultural Economics, University of Ghana, 2008

Advisor | Vincent Amanor-Boadu

Research Focus | Frank's research pertains to production economics, industry organization, international development and agribusiness management.

Teaching Experience:

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Department of Agricultural Economics,

  • Instructor of AGEC 115B, Decision Tools for Agricultural Economics 8/2016-12/2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Department of Agricultural Economics,

  • Dr. Christine Wilson, AGEC 115B-Decision Tools for Agricultural Economics 1/2016-5/2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Department of Agricultural Economics

  • Dr. Jason Bergtold, AGEC 712-Optimization Techniques for Agricultural Economics Spring, 2013
  • Dr. Sean Fox, AGEC 420-Commodity and Futures Market Fall, 2013/ Fall, 2011

Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

  • Dr. Yaw Osei-Asare, AGEC 102-Introduction to Economics 11/2008-12/2009

Curriculum Vitae

Published Papers:

  • Nti, K. F., & Barkley, A. (2013). “The Response to Climate Variability among Farm Families in Northern Ghana.” Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development, 8(2), 183.  
  • Nti, K. F., & Barkley, A. (2016). “Wheat Variety Yield Data: Do Commercial and Public Performance Tests Provide the Same Information?” Agricultural Economics, 48(1).  
  • Nti, K. F (2016). “NAFTA at 21: Structural Change in Mexican’s Demand for U.S. Meat and Meat Products.” International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC), 4(4).
  • Amanor-Boadu,V., F. K. Nti, Y. Zereyesus, and K. Ross (2015) “Efficiency, ResourceBased View of the Firm and Development Strategy: A Case of Smallholder Farmers in Northern Ghana.” The International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (revise and resubmit)

Working Papers:

  • Amanor-Boadu, V., and F. K. Nti. “A Systems Dynamic Assessment of the Effect of Energy on Sustainable Economic Development in Ghana.”  
  • Nti, K. F., Y. Zereyesus, K. Ross, and V. Amanor-Boadu. “Efficiency of Smallholder Farms in Northern Ghana: A Nonparametric Bootstrap Approach.”
  • Ekong, O., K. Ross and F. K. Nti. “An Assessment of factors influencing the profitability of poultry production in Ghana.”
  • Wilson C., K. Ross and F. K. Nti. “Analysis of Egg Consumption and Production Issues: A Study of Ghana.”

Candice Wilson



M.S. | Agricultural Economics, Anticipated graduation 2017 Candice Wilson

B.S. | Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, 2015

Research Focus | Candice focuses primarily on agricultural policy and trade. She also focuses on international development.

Experience :


  • Research and report on a variety of issues that pose implications for U.S. agriculture (i.e. biotechnology, trade, biofuels)
  • Compile and analyze relevant data sets for reporting purposes
  • Attend and participate in conferences and meetings as a representative for U.S. agricultural interests in the European Union

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY MANHATTAN, KS Graduate Research Assistant, June 2015 – Present

  • Develop baseline survey indicators for data analysis and comparison
  • Utilize GIS software to create mapped and graphical representations of policy affects
  • Cooperate with data collection teams overseas to clean, analyze, and interpret survey data results

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY MANHATTAN, KS Teacher's Assistant, August 2012 – December 2015  

  • Facilitated and instructed student help sessions
  • Managed student roster and grade reports

LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE KANSAS CITY, MO Group Disability Claims Intern, May 2013

  • Professionally conducted all forms of written and verbal claimant communication
  • Gathered patient medical records in a timely and confidential manner
  • Determined claimant disability status and issued payments accordingly

Curriculum Vitae