Three students from the Department of Agriculture presented their research at the University Research Symposium, April 1, 2022. It was the first time since 2019 that the symposium was held in person, and students from a wide variety of academic disciplines participated presented their research to the academic community. to have.

Madalynn Camp with her advisor, Dr. Michelle Kibler

Graduate student Madalynn Camp presented his research A hedonic analysis of thoroughbred horses in online auctions. Under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Kibler, this study aims to provide estimates of the determinants of demand for thoroughbred horses in second careers. Thoroughbred horses are primarily known for being in the racing industry. While their racing career can last an average of 4.45 years, a horse’s lifespan can be 20-30 years. With Thoroughbred racing careers less than halfway through their lifetime, owners have several options for what they will do with the horses once their careers are over, including retiring, entering a breeding program or sell for slaughter. These horses also have the possibility of being sold to individuals wishing to train them in a second discipline. These disciplines include, but are not limited to, hunter, show jumping, western and dressage. Using a hedonic model, studying the determinants of demand can show which traits are desirable in these secondary disciplines. Data for this study was collected from online auctions of Thoroughbreds between 2012 and 2020 from Sport Horse Auctions. To analyze the data, the following will be taken into account: bid price, whether the horse has been sold, age at auction, gender, color, number of photos, number of videos, size, discipline and additional information provided. Preliminary results show that male horses are worth more than females by $778.39, brown horses are worth more than bay horses by $1,025.47, and USEF-registered horses, at the USHJA or USEA have a price increase of $2,091.69.

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Reagen Tibbs with his advisor, Dr. Maria Boerngen

First year graduate student Reagene Tibbs also presented the first phase of his research entitled Explore the benefits of precision agriculture technologies for farmers. Tibbs, with Dr. Maria Boerngen, is conducting this research under the USDA Data-Intensive Farm Management grant. Precision farming technologies have revolutionized the farming industry and farmers are reaping many benefits. One such use is on-farm precision research (OFPE). But the adoption of precision agriculture technologies remains low in the United States. To better understand why adoption rates are low, a needs assessment will be conducted to better understand why adoption rates are low. In addition, this research will also focus on introducing farmers to the idea of ​​OFPE and understanding whether farmers would adopt a new precision farming technology to conduct OFPE.

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Emily Lopata with her advisor Dr Iuliia Tetteh

Emilie Lopataa major in agro-industry, participated in the research symposium as part of his project of specialization in financial accounting for agricultural producers with Dr Iuliia Tetteh. His research used data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture to uncover trends in producer demographics and identify indications of potential relationships between various aspects of farmer demographics and the type and degree of involvement in the agricultural enterprise. . It was exciting to see the number of women farmers increase since 2002. Women were actively involved in all areas of the agricultural business, with the greatest involvement occurring in day-to-day decision making, record keeping and management. financial. It was a great opportunity to learn more about who feeds the world and to share the information with others.