AgMRC Contributing Writers

Marin Bozic

Marin Bozic is Assistant Professor in Dairy Foods Marketing Economics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a faculty position created in collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Midwest Dairy Association, and fully funded from dairy check-off funds. His research agenda includes analyzing the economic potential of new dairy foods products; price and trade analysis to identify threats and uncover opportunities for dairy industry both nationally and in export markets; investigating consumer trends and analysis of price risks faced by producers and buyers of dairy products. Before joining the University of Minnesota Marin worked as researcher in Croatia on agricultural development. He holds a Master’s degree in comparative local development from University of Trento, Italy and doctorate in agricultural economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Gary Brester

Gary Brester is a professor in the department of agricultural economics at Montana State University.


Lisa Chase

Lisa Chase is a natural resources specialist and director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center at the University of Vermont. Lisa focuses on the intersection between community development and sustainable conservation. Hired in 2002 as a natural resources specialist, she concentrates on land use management as well as community development and tourism issues. Director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center since 2004 she emphasizes tourism and recreation, broadly defined, in her programming. Current programs include agricultural and culinary tourism, recreation on public and private woodlands, and eco-labels for sustainable transportation.


Kelly Collins

Kelly is responsible for managing the Pork Information Gateway (PIG) and USPCE websites and various communications for the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. Kelly earned her B.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Speech and Communication from Iowa State University, and later earned her Master's degree from the University of Iowa. Kelly worked for the Iowa Soybean Association for five years, where she was the main writer for the Iowa Soybean Review and Illinois Soybean Review magazines, and edited and contributed stories to the Nebraska, South Dakota and Ohio Soybean Reviews. She wrote about soybean production and research, livestock consumption, transportation infrastructure, exports and world markets. Kelly spends her free time with her husband Jason, their three pets, reading, working out and church activities.


Lisa Jore

Lisa joined The Food Industry Center at the University of Minnesota in 2004 as the Center's Executive Administrator.

As the Associate Program Director, she oversees the Center's communications and marketing projects including writing and editing for the annual report, newsletter and website; oversees the Center's finances and grants, manages the Center's events, and coordinate's the Center's fundraising program.


Geri Isaacs

Geri is a farmer and has taken part in diversified agricultural enterprises including corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cattle, tobacco, table grapes, hay and willow. Also a writer, Geri wrote a 10-unit training book used in Farm Service Agency Borrowers Training; designed and wrote publications used for Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program; edited ag publications and PhD dissertations; designed and wrote promotional brochure for Kentucky Farm Business Management Program; designed floor size display used by University of Kentucky’s Department of Ag Economics; initiated regular web communication with Kentucky Poultry Federation; wrote and designed monthly newsletter for Partners for Family Farms; interviewed donors and wrote features for publications issued by UK’s Office of Development (both hard copy and web-based); revised Development Policies and Procedures manual; and wrote training manual used by phonathon callers.


Greg Lutz

Greg Lutz is a professor in the department of aquaculture at the Ag Center at Louisiana State University. Greg is responsible for state-wide extension responsibilities for all commercial aquaculture as well as recreational and ornamental residential pond management. His primary research interests include quantitative genetics, alternative species commercialization, practical genetic evaluation through field trials. After earning his PhD from LSU, Dr. Lutz planned, designed and subsequently supervised the construction, outfitting and operation of the largest commercial aquaculture facility in the state. To date he has authored over 160 scientific, extension and popular publications.


Gene McAvoy

Gene McAvoy is an extension agent at the University of Florida in the areas of vegetables. Gene authors a website for the residents of Hendry County on rural living and production-oriented agriculture.


Greg McKee

Greg is a professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. His teaching and research interests address inter-firm relationships in food and agricultural business economics. Topics of interest include: financial performance of cooperative businesses; management of cooperative businesses; marketing activities of cooperative businesses; contracting and vertical integration in agriculture and agribusiness; and changes in the mechanisms used by agribusiness to establish relationships with their customer base. Dr. McKee is also interested in the economics of invasive species management, including the cost and benefit of policies designed to manage invasive species and the information requirements to develop such policies. He teaches courses in cooperative business management and in agribusiness industrial strategy.


Kimberly Morgan

Kim joined the Agricultural Economics department in July of 2008. Prior to moving to Starkville, she was an Economic Analyst at the Florida Agricultural Market Research Center from 2000-2008. In the '90s, Kim worked as a veterinary technician and partnered with Arabian horses in regional dressage competitions.

Her primary responsibilities are to develop educational and applied research programs related to the impact of new production technologies, existing and emerging plant pests and pathogens, and environmental programs and regulations on farm-level costs and returns, environmental quality, and rural communities. She has partnered with faculty from several states working in a variety of disciplines to search out alternative production methods and marketing outlets to increase profitability for Southeastern blueberry growers. She works with Dr. Petrolia and other colleagues in the AEC department to analyze the economic impacts of coastal hazards on local communities and public park attendance as a part of the Northern Gulf Institute partnership. Kim serves as a co-advisor for the National Agri-Marketing Association club and competition team.