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Department of Agricultural Economics

Recent Theses

Below is a list of theses by master's students in agricultural economics. View complete list of theses and dissertations from the Department of Agricultural Economics on the K-State Research Exchange.

YearStudentThesis TitleMajor Professor
2016Lindsey AhlenThe Economic Impact of Free Trade Agreements with Asia on the US Pork IndustryAllen Featherstone
 Jeff BennettValue of Map Sharing Between Multiple Vehicles in the Same Field While Using Automated Section ControlTerry Griffin
 Darren BlewStraightbred and Composite Progeny's Impact on Cowherd Economic PerformanceElizabeth Yeager
 Logan L. BrittonConsumer Acceptance and Willingness to Pay for Beef Products Derived from RNA Interference TechnologyGlynn Tonsor
 Carly CummingsEnhancing Student Engagement in Entrepreneurial Activities: The Case of Iowa State UniversityKeith Harris
 Cary FryForest Products Industry Risk Based Lending GuidelinesAllen Featherstone
 Dillion GarrThe Opportunity Cost of the Conservation Reserve Program on Kansas Agricultural LandMykel Taylor
 Elizabeth G. Gutierrez Agricultural Performance in Northern Ghana: A Gender DecompositionVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Brian J. HighfillStructural Changes in Fed Cattle Basis and the Implications on Basis ForecastingGlynn Tonsor
 Eric HooverUsing Regression Analysis and a Simulation Model to Develop Probability of Achieving a Market Share GoalBryan Schurle
 Andrew LauverLauver Family Farms: Utilizing the Conservation Reserve Program as a Risk Management ToolChristine Wilson
 Nicole Luna MeinersA Transportation and Location Optimization Model: Minimizing Tool Cost of Oilseed Crushing Facilities in Kansas Jason Bergtold
 Jennifer McDonaldFactors Influencing Premiums on Local Wines: An Exploratory Assessment of Kansas WineVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Brook MitchellTurning Corn Silage Analysis into Economic Value for the Beef IndustryElizabeth Yeager
 Claudia Montoya NunezMeasuring Satisfaction of Siteone Landscape Supply Customers in Dallas/ Fort Worth, TexasKevin Gwinner
 Agness MzyeceEffect of Buyer Type on Market Participation of Smallholder Farmers in Northern GhanaVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Claire NewmanThe Economic Value of TrustBrian Briggeman
 Henry OttEconomics Analysis of Backgrounding and Stocking Industries in the Flint Hills of KansasGlynn Tonsor
 Chris PattersonAssessing Business Models for the Local Food Market in the Pacific NorthwestHikaru Peterson
 Eric PutnamAnalysis of Automation of Bulk Packaging Line at Wixon Inc,Allen Featherstone
 Travis SchieltzSales, Parts, and Service Performance Evaluation ToolsJeffery Williams
 Theresa SisungSoil Testing and Nutrient Application Practices of Agricultural Retailers in the Great Lakes RegionTerry Griffin
 Chris WittAnalysis of Pickle Packaging EquipmentAllen Featherstone

2015Andy Montgomery Feasibility Study on a Brand Extension with AgriGold Kevin Gwinner
 Brian MyersVariable Crop Residue Management 
 Colin PetersonFeasibility of a Terms Bank for < 100HP Tractors 
 Hamid RutaroMilk Quality analysis in Southwestern Uganda 
 Chris WestergardFarmland Valuation: A Net Present Value Approach Using Simulation 

2014Kurt AndersonResearch on Order Fulfillment Processing of a Multi-Zone WarehouseKeith Harris
 David BahreA Business Plan for Wheat State DistillingKevin Gwinner
 Jacob BaileyIllinois Basis RegressionJohn A. Fox
 Tara DeinesMarket Segmentation to Become the Partner of ChoiceKevin Gwinner
 Jarah HaugerDeveloping a Dealer Customer Support Center StrategyVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Michael HaugerProfitability, Risk and Business Plan for Hauger FarmBob Burton
 Christopher HinesProfitability Drivers of Farmer Cooperatives - A Dupont Model AnalysisBrian Briggeman
 Alexandra Jecrois MadridPS International Going from Private to Public Company and their Impact in the OrganizationAllen Featherstone
 Emilie JensenMeasuring Cost Effectiveness of Product Wheels in Food ManufacturingKeith Harris
 Lauren KornmannEvaluating Financial Risk with Investment GuidelinesAllen Featherstone
 Geremy LarsonSelf-Propelled Forage Harvester Sales AnalysisKevin Dhuyvetter
 Tene MouphaouBusiness Continuity Management for an Agribusiness Company: A Case Study from West AfricaVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Jospeh MosierEvaluation of Product Support SourcesKevin Gwinner
 Kyle PatternCustomer Satisfaction ImpactKevin Dhuyvetter
 Nicole PeterThe Effects of Individual Crop Payments on the Cost of FoodHikaru Peterson
 Magnus RuppDirect Payment Subsidies and the Impact on Farm Land Prices: A Cross-Country Comparative EvaluationMykel Taylor
 Janel SchemperEfficiency of Combine Usage: A Study of Combine Data Comparing Operators and Combines to Maximize EfficienctlyVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Jordan ShifflettPartial Budget Analysis of Hubach Farms Spring Calving and Fall Calving HerdsMykel Taylor
 Heather TenhoffDistribution of U.S. Beef Exports in the International MarketVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Christy WipperfurthAn Employee Assignment Optimization Model Exploring Cross-Training and Specialization through Multiple Management StrategiesJason Bergtold
 Emerson WohlenbergBrazil Farmland Price Volatility in Distinct Production RegionsAllen Featherstone
 Lance ZollingerProfitability of Default Rating Methodology ReviewAllen Featherstone

2013Aaron BatholomayAnalysis of Machine Failure Codes and the Impact on Customer SatisfactionJason Bergtold
 Emily BassIntroducing New Retail Products into the MarketKevin Gwinner
 William BodineImpacts of Property Tax Policy on Illinois FarmersAllen Featherstone
 Dana BrookePotential for Methane Digesters on U.S. Dairy FarmsChristine Wilson
 Chris BursiekFactors Influencing Aftermarket parts Sales in China: The Case of...Vincent Amanor-Boadu
 Nathan ClarkeInterregional Competition in the Biorefinery IndustryArlo Biere
 Nanci DaeschIdentifying the Finance Skill Sets Needed for a Large Multi-National Agricultural CompanyAllen Featherstone
 Travis DavisGeneral Merchandising LLC's Colleagues' Perceptions of the JMTP Program and its Effectiveness: The Case on How to Produce Effective LeadersVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Juan FinelliFeasibility of a Commercial Instate Noodle Production Line in Argentina: A Journey to a Fascinating Value-Added ProductVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Brandon GarrettImpacts of the Recession and Horse Slaughter Ban on the U.S. Thoroughbred IndustryChristine Wilson
 Grant Good Jason Bergtold
 Matthew HerringtonAn Evaluation of Changing Profit Risks in Kansas Cattle Feeding OperationsGlynn Tonsor
 Beth HolmesAssessing Regional Volatility and Estimating Regional Cotton Acres in the United StatesVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Michael KempkeA Logistics Optimization Study for Garden City Co-Op, Inc.Brian Briggeman
 Sally LongEvaluating Farm Management Strategy using Sensitivity and Stochastic AnalysisJason Bergtold
 Caitlin LoweDeterminants of Maize Marketing Decisions for Smallholder Households in TanzaniaTim Dalton
 Rebecca ManesDeterminants of Adoption of Genetically Modified Maize by Smallholders in KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaTim Dalton
 Daja MenefeeMediating Effects of Social Capital and Grocery Stores on Obesity Rates in...Hikaru Peterson
 Cooper MorrisThe Value of Differentiated Farm Characteristics, Farm Practices, and Management Abilities for Kansas Crop ProducersKevin Dhuyvetter
 Lydia MtchotsaDrivers of Trader Participation in Bean and Cowpea MarketingVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Martin MwansaValue Accuring to Zambia's Bean Supply Chain ParticipantsVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Sosthenes MwansaComparative Investment Analysis for Small Scale Broiler and Layer Enterprises in ZambiaAllen Featherstone
 Brett PendellFactors Impacting Kansas Agricultural Land Values: 1986-2009Kevin Dhuyvetter
 Nathan PerryDetermining the Appropriate Capital Level for Farm Credit Mid-AmericaAllen Featherstone
 Frederick PhillipsProductivity Intervention and Smallholder Farmers: The Case of Ghana's Cocoa Abrabopa ProgramVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Paul PommerA Look at Elevator Characteristics and Basis ValuesMykel Taylor
 Nathan SchroederResponse to Population in Corn Hybrids with Specific CharacteristicsAllen Featherstone
 Laura (Katie) TeagueEffects of Food Safety Recalls on a Firm's Shareholder ValueTed Schroeder
 Ronald VargasFeasibility of Custom Strawberry Farming in Oceanside CaliforniaAllen Featherstone
 Christopher WagnerComparative Grain Storage AnalysisBrian Briggeman

2012David BoussiosKansas Grain Supply Response to Economic and Biophysical ChangesAndrew Barkley
 Brady BrewerDeterminants of Lender Choice and Banking Strategy for Kansas FarmersChristine WilsonAllen Featherstone
 Cody HollandLabor Standards and Efficiency Estimation of Farms in the Kansas Farm Management AssociationMichael Langemeier
 Jeremiah McElligottAn Evaluation of Determinants of Fed Cattle Basis and Competing Forecasting ModelsGlynn Tonsor
 Frank NtiClimate Change Vulnerabilities and Coping Mechanisms Among Farming Communities in Northern GhanaAndrew Barkley
 Greg RegierImpact of Genetically Modified Maize on Risk, Output and Cost Amount Smallholders in South AfricaTim Dalton
 Katharine StonemanEvolution of the Industry Structure of the Dried Plums MarketJohn Crespi
 Grace TuckerKey Drivers of Producer Trust for Sources and Methods of Accessing Management InformationGlynn Tonsor

2011Jessica Jo JohnsonDeterminants of wheat trade, 1999-2008Andrew P. Barkley
 Carly WhortonConsumers' perceptions and preferences for sustainably-produced fruits and vegetables: the case of organic, local, and small farmVincent R. Amanor-Boadu
 Kristen SchulteDairy profit projection model for the High Plains regionKevin C. Dhuyvetter
 Shonda Renee AndersonPreferences of US, EU, Honduran, and Chinese undergraduates for cloningJohn A. Fox
 Yue ZhengValuation of country of origins of organic processed food: a comparative study of consumer demand for soymilk in the United States and ChinaXianghong Li
Hikaru H. Peterson
 Janell RoeReview and analysis of the 2008 National Stocker SurveyKevin C. Dhuyvetter
 Ashley D. JonesAn analysis of Stochastic Maize production functions in KenyaTimothy J. Dalton
 Kay AlbrightThe feasibility of retained ownership strategies for cow-calf producersMichael R. Langemeier

2010Roberta M. SlatteryUtilizing lifetime performance measures on fed cattle to evaluate management strategies for the cow-calf producerTed C. Schroeder
 Vinay JayappaEconomic perspective of farmers indebtedness in suicidal prone area – Punjab, IndiaAllen M. Featherstone
 Matthew J. PachtaRisk analysis of tillage and crop rotation alternatives with winter wheat for south central KansasJeffery R. Williams
 Casey W. BierothCross-hedging performance of wholesale beef in live cattle futures contracts revisitedTed C. Schroeder
 Katharine L. WhiteWhat is the future of brand name beef? A price analysis of branding incentives and other attributes for retail beef using sales scanner dataTed C. Schroeder
 Jena SilvaAn evaluation of the impacts of the Sunsweet cooperative’s advertising expendituresJohn M. Crespi
 Lance C. ZimmermanFactors influencing the price of value-added calves at Superior Livestock AuctionTed C. Schroeder
 Quentin BaudouinConsumer demand for Community Supported Agriculture: a comparative study of the Kansas City (USA) and Midi-Pyrenees (France) regionsHikaru H. Peterson
 Franck LoncaConsumer preferences for the origin of ingredients and the brand types in the organic baby food marketHikaru H. Peterson

2009Jennifer FreebornHedonic price analysis of the internet recreational equine marketTed C. Schroeder
 Niranjan Kumar BaradiFactors affecting the adoption of tillage systems in KansasHikaru H. Peterson
 Matthew Ken ClarkEffects of high commodity prices on western Kansas crop patterns and the Ogallala aquiferJeffrey M. Peterson
 Kelsey A. HolsteWhere is organic food produced and consumed? The determinants of the location of organic food production and consumption in the U.S.A.Andrew P. Barkley
 Stanley MushingwaniFactors affecting Cassava consumption in an urban population in ZambiaVincent R. Amanor-Boadu
 Kelsey Frasier PopeCow-calf risk management among Kansas producersTed C. Schroeder
 Cora Jane NewsomRelationship between castration and morbidity and their effects on performance and carcass qualityKevin C. Dhuyvetter
 Veronica F. PozoConsumer preferences for emerging trends in organics: product origin and scale of supply chain operationsHikaru H. Peterson and Alexander E. Saak
 Tonshia LusterThe economic determinants of the number of minority farmers in the southern region of the United States, 1969-1997Andrew P. Barkley

2008Lindsey K. SniderAn analysis of Kansas farm structure, 1973-2007Michael R. Langemeier
 Chris CrosbyProducer level cost analysis of the U.S. National Animal Identification SystemKevin C. Dhuyvetter
 Janet A. SchlosserAn examination of county-level labor market responses to economic growth in KansasJeffrey M. Peterson
 Cole MillerAn examination of labor productivity and labor efficiency on Kansas farmsMichael R. Langemeier
 Gabriel T. WeedenAn examination of differences in financial performance among age cohortsMichael R. Langemeier
 Casey Lee SchnitzDemographic characteristics of ethical consumersVincent R. Amanor-Boadu
 Vicki Lorraine WrayCattle price risk management strategies-using computer simulation to educate Iowa producers of available toolsKevin C. Dhuyvetter
 Koichi YamauraMarket power of the Japanese non-GM soybean import marketMichael W. Woolverton
 Michael Owen BurnsCross-sectional analysis of university technology commercialization initiativesVincent R. Amanor-Boadu
 Deborah S. SanchezSupply control and product differentiation effects of European protected designations of origin cheesesMichael A. Boland
 Tyler W. Van WinkleAn evaluation of distller's grain price relationships and implications of increased ethanol production on grain processing practices in commercial feedlotsTed C. Schroeder
 Willie Henry Scott Jr.Factors affecting whole grain consumption: primary focus health factorsJohn A. Fox
 Dustin J. OswaldEconomic analysis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s value-added producer grants programMichael A. Boland

2007Andrew Thomas SaffertAn economic analysis of adjusted gross Revenue-Lite insurance on farm income variability for southeast Kansas farmsJeffery R. Williams
 Nathan HendricksEstimating irrigation water demand with a multinomial logit selectivity modelJeffrey M. Peterson
 Matthew E. RuttOn the moo-ve: testing for spatial agglomeration economies in the U.S. dairy industryHikaru H. Peterson
 Kati Jo BolteElectronic animal identification systems at livestock auction markets: perceptions, costs, and benefitsTed C. Schroeder
 Chandra Mohan Reddy MetlaResearch faculty, entrepreneurship and commercialization: the case of Kansas State UniversityVincent R. Amanor-Boadu

2006Ross HeimanAnalyses of organic grain pricesHikaru H. Peterson
 Mark FowlerPrice Determinants of U.S. Hard Red Winter Wheat ExportsAndrew Barkley
 Alena BosseThe Impact of Nutrition on Minimum Cost Food Bundles for a Honduran Child: A Linear Programming AnalysisMichael Boland
 Job D. SpringerProperty Tax Limitations and the Effects on KansasJohn Leatherman
 Aaron GasperCost of Forward Contrating Wheat, Corn, and Soybeans in KansasKevin Dhuyvetter
 Abram BabcockThe Effects of Percent Death Loss, Cost of Grain, Feeder Conversion, and Average Daily Gain on Kansas Cattle FeedersRodney Jones
 Ross KeyEconomic Impact of Removing a Potential Heath Hazard from a Representative FarmBob Burton

 2005John JonesFactors Affecting the Agricultural Loan Decision-Making ProcessAllen Featherstone
 Kara RossEconomics of Introducing Functional Foods to Market: The Case of CLA-Enhanced CheeseVincent Amanor-Boadu
 Brett EsauDetermining the Economic Value of Dairy cattle CharacteristicsKevin Dhuyvetter
 Kylee WagnerFactors Affecting Kansas Off-Farm Investment BehaviorBryan Schurle
 Ryan GarrettImpact of Parcel Specific Characteristics on Kansas Agricultural Land Values: 1990-2003Terry Kastens
 Kimberly CernyImpacts of Beef and Cettle Trade with Canada on U.S. Producer Prices of Slaughter and Feeder CattleHikaru Hanawa Peterson
 Valerie RivasFarm Land Ownership as a Source of Retirement IncomeBob Burton
 Dennis TilleyAn Economic Analysis of Heat Treatment for Disinfestation of Empty Grain Storage BinsMichael Langemeier
 Shellie MooreEconomic Impact of BUDU on Feedlot RevenueTed Schroeder
 Scott BoydAnalyzing Determinants of Profitability and Evaluating Persistence of Ag Performance for U.S. Local Farm Supply and Grain Marketing CooperativeMichael Boland

 2004Jeremy FredricksonThe Impact of Declining Well Capacities on Kansas Irrigators' Net ReturnsJeff Peterson
 Corey NeillConsumer Acceptance of GM WheatSean Fox
 Beth VaalerThe Effects of Natural Beef Characteristics on Price in a Process Verified Producer Marketing CooperativeMichael Boland
 Craig SmithA Water Quality Trading Simulation for Northeast KansasJeff Peterson
 Todd ZieglerCharacterizing Producer Adoption of hard White Winter Wheat in Western KansasArlo Biere
 Kent HaverkampCredit Quality Migration for Kansas Farms: 1980 to 2003Allen Featherstone
 Sandhyarani PatlollaMoral Hazard in Crop Revenue Coverage Wheat Program in KansasHikaru Hanawa Peterson
 Tyler TurnerEstimating the Economic Value of EPDs in Angus BullsRodney Jones
 Sridhar SankrantiReduction in Tillage and Farm Efficiency: A Stocnastic Frontier AnalysisMichael Langemeier
 Jen BlakeThe Effects of Future Native Cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy on U.S. Consumer Beef DemandSean Fox
 Leslie SmallA Policy Makers' Tool: The Impact of World Cotton Prics on Poverty Levels in the Cotton-Dependent Countries of West AfricaDavid Norman
 Yorbol YahshilikovFactors Affecting the Agricultural Development in the Transition Economies of Central AsiaDavid Norman
 Adriana ChaconEstimation of the Welfare Effects of the European Union Bancuma Import Agreement between the EU and the USJohn Crespi
 Tod KalousThe Effects of Value-Based Marketing on Beef Carcass WeightsKevin Dhuyvetter
 Joe KovandaAccuracy of Grid Pricing: An Evaluation Using Wholesale Values of Fed CattleTed Schroeder
 Bill PerryEffects of Joint Product Management Strategies on E.coli 0157:H7 and Feedlot ProfitsTom Marsh
 Roy JessupDeterminants of a Successful Agricultural Futures ContractHikaru Hanawa Peterson