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Ag economist honored for lifetime achievement
STONEVILLE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University agricultural economist, who has spent his career helping farmers develop management plans, recently earned a lifetime achievement award from his professional organization.
Lawrence Falconer received the Southern Agricultural Economics Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization's highest award for significant and enduring contributions to the agricultural economics profession, at its annual meeting in Mobile on Feb. 7.
A professor in the MSU Extension Service and Department of Agricultural Economics, Falconer has been based at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville since August 2012. He spent his early career in private industry as a staff economist and then served 21 years as an Extension specialist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Throughout his Extension career, Falconer’s major responsibilities have included delivering topical programs and assisting county Extension agents and producer committees in planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in farm and ranch management.
Program delivery includes teaching technical subject matter courses along with providing resources for use in farm and ranch management. Other responsibilities include determining applicable evaluation techniques, assisting in data collection, interpreting findings for reports and collaborating with researchers to bring economic insights into research projects.
Falconer is best known for his work in the area of farm and ranch management economics, including work on production estimates, costs of custom operations, leasing of agricultural assets, farm-level impacts of agricultural policy and economic impact of alternative production technologies. Falconer has worked on projects in row crop, rice and livestock production economics over his career.
A native of Stigler, Oklahoma, Falconer earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a doctorate from Texas A&M University, all in agricultural economics.
Writer: Kenner Patton