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Eric J. Wailes

Eric J. Wailes

Distinguished Professor and L.C. Carter Endowed Chair

Director Experiment Station

(AEAB)-Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Phone: 479-575-2278

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Dr. Wailes is a native of Colorado where he was raised on a cash crop and dairy farm. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia for two years where he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture on a national agricultural crop reporting system and management studies of state enterprises in the Ministry of National Resource Development. 

Dr. Wailes has been a faculty member in the Department since 1980. He teaches courses in marketing and policy.

He conducts research on agricultural policy, trade, and marketing, with an emphasis on the rice sector. Current research activities include analysis of U.S. and global agricultural policies on Arkansas agriculture; U.S. farm bill (price and income support policies, environmental policy, trade policy, energy policy, biotechnology policy); social acceptability of biotechnology, adoption of biotechnology by farmers; marketing and policy issues of organic foods; economic-engineering analysis of grain drying and storage and rice milling; economics of groundwater depletion and water quality issues in Arkansas; analysis of Arkansas, U.S. and global rice economy, long-term projections, market and policy analysis. 

Meeting World Food Needs with Genetically Modified Rice - research website 

AGEC 4613 - Political Economy of Agriculture and Food (undergraduate/graduate)

AGEC 5021 - International Agricultural Trade and Policy

B.S. in agricultural economics at Cornell University with a specialization in tropical agriculture

Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Michigan State University with emphasis on international policy and marketing