New ag economists join MSU Extension

Will Maples and Brian Mills

Will Maples and Brian Mills

The Mississippi State University Extension Service welcomed two new agricultural economists Aug. 16.

Will Maples will be located on the main MSU campus in Starkville, while Brian Mills will be stationed at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

Maples, a native of Elkmont, Alabama, earned three degrees in agricultural economics: a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree from MSU and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University.

“Will brings strong marketing skills to the department and understands how that fits into overall farm management,” said Keith Coble, Extension professor and head of the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics. “Will demonstrated leadership as a grad student chairing the national grad student organization. We expect he will immediately impact crop economics in the state.”

Mills holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned a doctorate in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. He will conduct research on issues related to crop production, farm management and precision agriculture.

“We are excited to have Dr. Brian Mills joining the faculty at Stoneville,” said Steve Martin, interim head of the Delta center. “He will bring much-needed expertise to our team and our producers.”

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