Melissa G.S. McKendree
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 values all three land grant missions and has appointments in research, extension and teaching.
Melissa’s has an integrated and applied agricultural economics program. She aims to create synergies between her research, extension and teaching responsibilities. Melissa’s work spans the value chain from producers to consumers. She enjoys working on interdisciplinary teams, as exemplified in her work including a series of projects about producer adoption of different grazing management practices and integrated research and extension projects about the economic impacts of Bovine Leukemia Virus on Michigan Dairies as well as producer adoption of traceability technology.
Another aim of Melissa’s program is helping producers make informed decisions and understanding how major market events affect their profitability. In this focus area, she has two American Journal of Agricultural Economics articles, Impacts of Retail and Export Demand on United States Cattle Producers and Oligopsonistic Input Substitution in a Thin Market. Melissa has also helped to develop multiple decision tools, including enterprise budgets, available through MSU Extension.
Melissa is passionate about farm business management and understands the importance of accurate recording keeping systems to farms’ success. In the Fall semesters she teaches AFRE130, Farm Management 1. Furthermore, she is developing an online course for beginning farm managers, offered in both English and Spanish.
Research and Outreach Interests
- Livestock economics
- Producer decision making
- Consumer choice behavior
- Food Marketing
- Teaching experience at Michigan State University: AFRE130 (formally ABM130) Farm Management 1 (Fall semesters, 2018-present)
- Teaching experience at Kansas State University: AGEC 420-Commodity Futures (Fall 2015)
Recruiting Michigan beef producers for a study on pasture and rangeland soil health
Published on January 19, 2023
Lower costs with an input purchasing plan
Published on November 4, 2022
Free online farm business management course offered in November 2022
Published on November 4, 2022
MSU researchers play pivotal role in new $19M grazing, soil health project
Published on July 6, 2022
JBS Holstein Contract Comparison Tool
Published on February 2, 2022
Supply-chains, carbon credits, and market outlook headline Michigan Ag Credit conference
Published on November 10, 2021
BOLETÍN E-3410SP: Afilando la Sierra: Manteniéndose Nítido en el Negocio
Published on November 9, 2021
Enterprise budgets are useful tools especially during uncertain times
Published on October 25, 2021
MSU supports dairy industry through COVID-19
Published on June 22, 2021