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Food and Resource Economics Department

Food and Resource Economics Department

Suzanne Thornsbury

Professor

Dr. Suzanne Thornsbury joined the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida in August 2022 as a Professor in Agriculture Policy and Specialty Crops. Her extension and research program is focused on innovation in agriculture and food, and federal policy.

Prior to joining UF, Dr. Thornsbury was a Senior Advisor for Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities in USDA’s Office of the Chief Scientist. In this role she advised the Under Secretary for the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area and USDA Chief Scientist, and provided oversight and coordination for participation in scientific initiatives. She previously served as the Branch Chief for Crops in the Markets and Trade Economics Division of USDA’s Economic Research Service where she provided leadership for a research and outlook program to assess crop markets and trade.

Dr. Thornsbury earned her PhD from Virginia Tech in Agriculture and Applied Economics. Previous academic appointments include Assistant Professor at University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center, and Associate Professor of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University with a research, extension, and teaching program focused on global market and trade analysis for specialty crops.

  • Research

    Dr. Thornsbury's Her extension and research program is focused on innovation in agriculture and food, and federal policy. In the past, she has focused extensively on specialty crops. 

  • Extension

    Dr. Thornsbury's Her extension and research program is focused on innovation in agriculture and food, and federal policy. In the past, she has focused extensively on specialty crops. 

  • Teaching

    Dr. Thornsbury is not teaching classes at this time.

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  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech
    • M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech
    • B.S. in Animal Science from Virginia Tech with minors in Agricultural Economics and Political Science.
  • Publications