Alfred Parks Ph. D.
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Major: Agricultural Economics (Marketing),
M.S. University of Illinois, Major: Agricultural Economics (Farm Management)
B.S. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Major: Agricultural Economics
My current research interest holds in market opportunities for new and emerging enterprises, market channels, and supply-chain logistics.
Office: P.O. Box 519; MS 2008, CARC building, Prairie View, TX 77446
Phone: (936) 261-2529
Parks, A.L., 2009. “Risk Management: The Limited Resource Farmer Perspective”. PAWC,(proceedings) Tuskegee University, Alabama.
Parks, A.L., 2009. “Mainstreaming Blacks into the Agricultural Economics Profession”. COSBAE Speaker Series & Luncheon, AAEA & ACCI Joint Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. (Proceedings AJAE, December 2009)
Foster, IV, W.A. and A.L. Parks, 2009. “The Untapped Potential of Food Waste Recycling”. Proceedings, 15th ARD Biennial Research Symposium, Atlanta, GA.
Parks, A.L., 2005. Biotechnology in Agriculture: The Promise Amidst Challenges, Vol. 16, Agribusiness Review for Mexico and Latin America, January 2005.
McWhinney, D.R., L. Johnson, A.L. Parks, R.W. Griffin, and B.J. Mixon, 2003. Marketing Strategies for Slaughter Goats. Proceedings, 13th ARD Biennial Symposium, Atlanta, GA, March 29-April 2, 2003.
Phillips, P., A.L. Parks and O.A. Ojumu, 2013. “Economic Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Domestic Gulf Coast Seafood Industry”. Proceedings, 17th ARD Biennial Research Symposium, Jacksonville, FL.
Taylor, R., A.L. Parks and O.A. Ojumu, 2013. “The Economics of Federal Sustained Yield Unit on Community Well-Being”. Proceedings, 17th ARD Biennial Research Symposium, Jacksonville, FL.
Blackemore, K., A.L. Parks and O.A. Ojumu , 2013. “Assessing Total Economic Impacts of Wildfires”. Proceedings, 17th ARD Biennial Research Symposium, Jacksonville, FL.
Watson, A., A.L. Parks and O.A. Ojumu, 2011. “Organic Products Availability.” Proceedings, 16th ARD Biennial Research Symposium, Atlanta, Ga.
Chair, Experimental Station Committee on Policy (ESCOP) 2005-2006
Chair, Association of Research Directors (Inc) ARD, 2004-2006
Founding Member, Committee on the Status of Black Agricultural Economists, (COSBAE) 1980-
Organizing chair, 16th ARD Biennial Research Symposium, 2009
Founding Member CFARE
Director, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2006-2009
Member, Advisory Board, Texas Organics Standards and Certification, 1892-present
Member, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Ongoing
Collaborators & Other Affiliations
E. Murano, et al (TAMU), J. Rosaasen, et al (U. Minnesota), R. Clemens, et.al (Iowa State), D. Kolady, et al. (Cornel)
BHEARD Feed-the-Future project proposal (2012)
F.L. Richards, et al (PVAMU), T. Sahlu et al (Langston University) ESGPIP Project in Ethiopia, 2207-2011.
Sun Grant Initiative, Southern Region, ESCOP, 2002-present.
K. Jones, C. Davis, USDA/ERS, Distance Learning Project, 2011-ongoing.
Funded Research and Educational Activities
“Research Apprentice Program for High School Students,” USDA/ARS, $100,000/yr for 2005-2008.
“Project Jumpstart”, $141,000; USDA/Capacity Building Grant (2 years) 2010-2013, Project Director
Teaching (courses taught last five years)
AGEC 1233 Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics
AGEC 2213 Marketing of Agricultural Products
AGEC 3212 Agricultural Policy
AGEC 3223 Financial Analysis
AGEC 3203 World Food Seminars
AGEC 3233 Transportation Logistics
AGEC 4253 Agricultural Products Prices
AGEC 5243 Agricultural Policy
AGEC 5523 Agribusiness Management
AGEC 5253 Marketing of Agricultural Products
AGEC 5283 Financial Analysis
Extension/Outreach Outputs (Extension bulletins, Video, etc…during the last 5 years)
Parks, A. L., 2010. Understanding the Business of Agriculture, training module
Parks, A. L., 2011. World Food Prices:From Crises to Stability, Workshop presentation
Parks, A. L. and B. C. Lawton,, 2011. Risk Management News-A newsletter, vol. 1 Issues 2, Fall 2011
Parks, A. L., 2011. Risk Management: A Decision Support Tool for Limited Resource Producers, workshop presentation
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