Ph.D., Kansas State University
M.S., Purdue University
B.S., University of Florida
Dr. Melissa McKendree is an Assistant Professor appointed in the MSU tenure system. Melissa is a Florida native who grew up working for her family’s landscape business, sod farm and cow-calf operation. She has also lived in Indiana and Kansas. Melissa is eager to learn more about and serve Michigan agriculture. She values all three land grant missions and has appointments in research, extension and teaching.
Melissa’s research is focused on numerous issues related to the livestock industries. She is interested in studying issues spanning the supply chain from consumer preferences through producers. Her dissertation research focused on beef economic issues including how changes in retail and export beef demand impact fed and feeder cattle supply and demands, how fed cattle and corn prices are fully passed through to feeder cattle prices and how feedlot operators make decisions regarding animal health and price risk mitigation practices. Other research focuses on identifying similarities and differences in cow-calf and dairy producers and U.S. public members’ perceptions of animal welfare in the beef and dairy industries. Melissa is also a co-investigator on an USDA Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant researching differences in consumer voting and buying behavior. Moving forward Melissa is interested in investigating new data collection methods to help answer increasing complex questions in agriculture and economics.
Research and Outreach Interests