Charles B. Moss
Professor, Agricultural Finance and Policy, Applied Econometrics, Computational Economics
Chuck grew up on a cattle and wheat farm in Western Oklahoma. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics and Accounting from Oklahoma State University in 1982 and his M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1984. He continued his studies in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and received his Ph.D. in 1987. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida's Food and Resource Economics Department in September of 1987 in a research and teaching position in agricultural finance and policy analysis. His research has primarily focused on the areas of financial risk and stress in the farm sector. In addition, he has applied his quantitative skills to problems including water resource management, timber resources, citrus crop decisions, coffee marketing in Mexico, trade issues in sugar, analysis of technology adoption including precision agriculture, invasive species and agricultural productivity measures. These research activities have produced 200 research publications including six edited volumes, 27 book chapters, and 95 refereed journal articles. Chuck had the privilege to serve as a McKethan-Matherly fellow in the Economics Department at the University of Florida from 1989-1994 working with the late Professor Henri Theil and is an affiliate member of the Center for Applied Optimization and the Center for Latin American Studies, both at the University of Florida. In 2006, Chuck received the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics Outstanding Journal Article award with Steve Blank and Kenneth Erickson. In addition, he received the American Agricultural Economics Association Quality of Research Discovery Award in 2007 for research in collaboration with Grigorios Livanis, Vincent Breneman, and Richard Nehring and that associations Quality of Communication Award in 2013 in collaboration with Allen Featherstone and Christine Wilson. In 2013, Charles was recognized with the Southern Agricultural Economics Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Chuck has served as Co-Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Chuck enjoys teaching and has had the opportunity to develop several courses, including graduate level courses in Agricultural Finance, Agricultural Risk Analysis and Decision Making, Static and Dynamic Optimization, Optimal Control, Mathematical Programming, Production Economics, Statistics for Food and Resource Economics, and Econometric Methods II. He has served on 20 graduate student committees, including students from Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo and Vanderbilt University in addition the University of Florida. In addition to courses, Chuck has authored four textbooks – Risk, Uncertainty and the Agricultural Firm (2010), Agricultural Policy, Agribusiness, and Rent-Seeking Behaviour (2010), Agricultural Finance (2013), and Mathematical Statistics for Applied Econometrics (2014).
Chuck has also been successful in funding research interests through competitive grants including three USDA/National Research Initiative grants to study competitiveness in Agricultural Credit Markets, Crop Patterns and Water Use under Free Trade, and the effect of Vertical Integration on U.S. Sugar Policy. In addition, to the NRI grants, he has secured funding from the USDA/ERS to work on measurement of the agricultural land input in the USDA's production accounts. On a more local level, he has worked with both the Northwest Florida Water Management District and the Saint Johns River Water Management District to estimate agricultural and household water demand in those regions.
My teaching program focuses on empirical analysis of agricultural decision making. Courses include AEB 7184 Agricultural Production Economics which teaches how to synthesize data to determine the economic response of agricultural firms to changes in agricultural policy and other factors affecting the farm firm. In addition, I teach AEB 5188 Economics of Business Decisions which develops an understanding of economic consequences of factors such as a shift in product demand or changes in the cost of production.
My research program analyzes the effect of agricultural, macroeconomic, environmental, and agricultural research and development policies on farm financial performance.
This includes the effect of these programs on farm debt levels and farmland values. The effect of state and federal spending on agricultural research on farm productivity and the pass through of those impacts on agricultural profitability. The effect of agricultural policies on the ownership structure of the farm sector including vertical integration and off-farm ownership of agricultural assets are also part of my research efforts. In addition, at the present time I currently have several ongoing projects into the impact of the Renewable Fuels Standards on the farm sector. To support these efforts, I develop empirical models of how farm firms respond to changes in input and output prices using economic theory applied to small and large datasets provided by the USDA and other government sources.