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July 18, 2013   Email to Friend 

FIELDS TO CHAIR AUBURN'S AG ECON, RURAL SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Jamie Creamer, Auburn University
July 18, 2013

Agricultural economist and Auburn University professor Deacue Fields will chair the school's Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department starting Aug. 16.

AUBURN, Ala., — Deacue Fields will be the new Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Chair effective Aug. 16. Fields is an agricultural economist and has served on the Auburn University faculty for 11 years.

He started his Auburn career as an Extension economist and assistant professor in 2002. In 2007, Fields was promoted to associate professor and recently was awarded professor status.

The Louisiana native earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 1993 and his master’s from the University of Missouri in 1995. He worked almost three years at Florida A&M University as an assistant professor and director of the small-farm outreach program. He returned to his home state in 1998 to complete his Ph.D. in ag economics at Louisiana State University.

At Auburn, Fields’ research focused on consumer food preferences and the economic impact of Alabama’s horticulture industry. Earlier this year, he completed a comprehensive analysis showing agriculture and forestry dominate the state’s economy.

His classroom responsibilities include teaching senior- and graduate-level courses in agribusiness management and coordinating an internship program, which he was instrumental in establishing, for undergraduates majoring in agricultural economics. In his Extension role, he coordinates the Alabama farm economics and agribusiness management team and works directly with the commercial horticulture team.

Fields said that as department chair he will encourage multidisciplinary collaborations, develop a plan to justify refilling vacant faculty positions, build a department identity to attract students and fortify relationships with departmental alumni.

His lifelong passion for agriculture and rural America was one reason Fields applied for the department chair position.

“My parents and their ancestors were all involved in some aspect of agriculture, and I was reared on a farm in a rural community where I was involved in and surrounded by agriculture,” Fields says. “My interest has always been to learn and share educational information to support agriculture and rural life. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our faculty as we work to strengthen production agriculture and rural Alabama.”

He succeeds ag economics professor Curtis Jolly, who has served as department chair since 2005 and will return to his faculty position in the department.

Fields and wife Dana are the parents of Caleb, 11; Cade, 9; and Collin, 6.


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