Zachariah Rutledge

Zachariah Rutledge

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Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

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Dr. Rutledge is an assistant professor and campus-based extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. He received training as an applied economist at the University of California, Davis where he earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2020.Rutledge’s research focuses on policy-issues related to farm labor markets in the United States (US). His current research explores the link between US farm labor issues and the resilience of US agricultural supply chain. His research is sought after by government agencies, law firms, and industry groups.

Rutledge’s extension work includes information gathering and surveys to understand the needs of farmers and farm employees, as well as how those needs relate to US agricultural production activities.Rutledge has served as an expert witness in several legal cases and provides consulting services to farm employee and employer industry groups.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Agricultural Labor Economics
  • Domestic Agriculture
  • Immigration
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Extension Outreach and Survey Work 

Teaching Experience

  • Labor and Personnel Management in the Agri-Food system (AFRE 315)
  • Lecturer, University of California, Davis: Agricultural Labor Economics (ARE 150)