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Department of Agricultural Economics

Bob Burton (Robert Oliver Burton, Jr.)

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304 C Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785.532.6925 | Fax


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B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1969
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1977
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1982

Research Interests and Experience

Bob Burton led the distance education movement within the department through his undergraduate Farm and Ranch Management course. He has participated in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, often focusing on risk and return in whole-farm or ranch management. Most recently, he has focused his research on farm land ownership as a retirement strategy and agricultural health and safety. Also, he conducts research related to teaching.


AGEC 500 | Production Economics | Spring | On Campus
AGEC 308 | Farm and Ranch Management | Fall
On Campus and via Distance Learning
AGEC 598 | Farm Management Strategies | Fall | On Campus

Areas of Specialization

Farm and Ranch Production Economics

Key Publications

Burton, R. O. Jr. “Costs and Benefits of Increasing Access to a Traditional Agricultural Economics Course.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Amer. Agr. Econ. Assoc., Salt Lake City, UT, Aug. 2-5, 1998. Amer. J. Agr. Econ. 80 (Dec. 1998):979-983.

Burton, R. O. Jr., B. W. Schurle, J. R. Williams, and G. W. Brester. “Teaching Management for Specialized Agricultural Industries.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Amer. Agr. Econ. Assoc., San Antonio, TX, Jul. 28-31, 1996. Amer. J. Agr. Econ. 78 (Dec. 1996):1222-1227.

Burton, R. O. Jr. and Z. I. Kurdieh. “Teaching Farm and Ranch Management in Response to Students’ Backgrounds and Career Goals.” NACTA J. No. 4 (Dec. 1997), pp. 33-36.

Burton, R. O. Jr., J. S. Gidley, B. S. Baker and K. J. Reda-Wilson. “Nearly Optimal Linear Programming Solutions: Some Conceptual Issues and a Farm Management Application.” Amer. J. Agr. Econ. 69(Nov. 1987):813-818. Senior authorship is shared equally by Burton and Gidley.

Burton, R. O. Jr. “Renovation of Training and Research in Agricultural Economics under the Environment of a Free Market Economy.” Presented at a Seminar at Hanoi Agr. Univ. Vietnam. Jan. 10-14, 1994. Title of seminar was, “Agricultural Economics in a Market Economy.”