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    Food and Resource Economics Department

Dr. Derek Farnsworth

Associate Professor

Dr. Derek Farnsworth is an associate professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida. He specializes in the area of agribusiness management. He conducts research on topics such as agricultural labor markets, best management practices, and invasive species. He teaches classes on agribusiness finance and marketing and provides extension programming with a focus on managing farm labor and finances. Dr. Farnsworth received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2014 from the University of California, Davis. He received both a BS in Business from the Kelley School of Business and a BA in Mathematics and Economics at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2009.

  • Research

    Dr. Farnsworth's research program focuses on the areas of production economics, labor economics, agricultural policy, pest management, and trade. In particular, he has developed research on the topics of citrus greening, guest worker programs (H-2A), and best management practices (BMPs) since beginning his employment at the University of Florida.

  • Extension

    Dr. Farnsworth provides leadership and coordination for statewide Extension educational efforts in the area of agribusiness economics. The focus of his Extension program is on business education for Florida firms involved in food and agricultural products distribution, processing, and marketing. The Extension program has a strong demonstration and adaptive research component that complements his responsibilities in the undergraduate program. Specific program areas include agricultural labor management and agribusiness marketing opportunities. 

  • Teaching

    Dr. Farnsworth teaches classes in the area of agribusiness management. His current classes include International Agribusiness Marketing, Introduction to Agricultural Finance, and Agribusiness Financial Management. His teaching program supports his research and Extension programs by using these classes to engage students in research and Extension activities specifically related to finance and marketing.

Derek Farnsworth


1083 MCCB

  • Education
    • Ph.D Agricultural and Resource Economics    University of California, Davis 2014
    • B.S.B. Operations Management    Indiana University, Bloomington 2009
    • B.S. Mathematics and Economics    Indiana University, Bloomington 2009
  • Publications