DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Gail Gillis

Gail Gills

From the time Gail Gills was a graduate student in the MSU Department of Agricultural economics, she has been interested in figuring out how everything works from a financial standpoint.

Gail earned her Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in 1983 from Mississippi State University. Her work with the department began in 1982 as a research technician. She now manages data for farm management and appraisal projects.

“We publish cost and return estimates for row crops grown in Mississippi,” Gail explained. “Producers use them as planning tools. Bankers use them in their lending decisions.”

Gail has worked with the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Farm Mangers and Rural Appraisers, the Ag Econ Club, the Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association, and State FFA contests.

Her favorite part of working in the department is the people.

“The staff and faculty are the best and I love the interaction with the students. Over the years I have had many students work in my office. It is great to check in with them from time to time to see what they are doing.”

Gail grew up in Sturgis and is a lifelong Bulldog. For fun, she enjoys Irish and Scottish Ceili dancing.

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