Scientist Profile – Alfred Parks

Dr. Alfred L. ParksAlfred Parks Ph.D.

Office: P.O. Box 519; MS 2008, CARC building, Prairie View, TX 77446
Phone: (936) 261-2529


Ph.D., University of Illinois (Agricultural Economics/Marketing),
M.S., University of Illinois (Agricultural Economics/Farm Management)
B.S., University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Agricultural Economics)

Key Interests

My current research interest holds in market opportunities for new and emerging enterprises, market channels, and supply-chain logistics.

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Recent Publications

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.

Synergistic Activities

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, (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