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Michael Gunderson

Associate Director and Associate Professor

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Michael Gunderson joined Purdue University as an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics in August 2012. In addition to his responsibilities teaching in Purdue’s undergraduate and graduate classrooms on campus, Mike leads a quantitative methods course in the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management, a dual-degree, online program for working agribusiness professionals. He is also heavily involved in designing, developing and delivering non-credit, professional development programs through the department’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business. Mike serves as an associate director for the center, as well.

After earning his doctorate from Purdue in 2006, Mike spent six years in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida (UF). While there, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in agricultural finance, marketing and strategy. He has won teaching awards from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the North American Teachers and Colleges of Agriculture, the UF College of Agricultural Life Sciences, and the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

Mike’s research focuses on understanding the factors that influence the financial success of agribusiness firms. He has published 20 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as service quality in agribusiness input industries, agricultural land values and agribusiness management.

Mike also holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, farm and financial management from the University of Illinois. He is married to Alee Lynch Gunderson. They enjoy going on hikes with their children, Jarvis and Alma, and their two dogs, as well as following college sports.

OCTOBER 20, 2015

Sometimes you have to spend money to make money

by Michael Gunderson

The current low-price crop commodity climate is tightening margins and making producers thing about how to reduce input costs. But it's not just about costs per acre -- even in tight times.

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