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Dr. Saleem Shaik receives promotion


Dr. Saleem Shaik, Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective August 16, 2013.  Dr. Shaik received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  He is a current and former member of the WAEA Council, Chair of AAEA selected papers in 2007 and Chair of SAEA selected papers in 2013. In 2009, Dr. Shaik served as a panel member of USDA, NIFA grant proposal review in Washington D.C and has been an external reviewer for USDA, SBIR Program.

Saleem’s research revolves around a) agriculture production b) finance and c) institutional issues. This involves empirical application to farm level data from 540 farms from 1993-2011, and aggregate data from 6 Northern Great Plains states from 1933-2010. Specially, constructing output, input and total factor productivity indexes apart from financial index, public research and development stock index, farm program/crop insurance index and climate index. This helps to evaluate the importance of production, financial and institutional risks in altering agriculture's risk environment in North Dakota and Northern Great Plains states. and the U.S., apart from 162 world countries. The other major research contribution of Saleem includes interacting with educational instructors of North Dakota Farm and Ranch Business Management Association (NDFRBM) in developing efficiency benchmarks using enterprise and farm data. This collaborative effort clearly demonstrates the establishment of interaction between research, NDFRBM instructors and North Dakota farmers. Shaik is in the process of developing production risk, financial risk and institutional risk adjusted efficiency benchmarks for the NDFRBM instructors to be shared with the producers. These measures are useful not only to producers but also extension agents, agricultural bankers, and public policy makers.

Dr. Shaik teaches or has taught agricultural production economics, agricultural finance and analytical methods for applied research for graduates, and applied risk analysis (financial, production and institutional risk) at the undergraduate level.


Saleem’s research is in the area of Risk management of agriculture and food sector; Applied policy analyses; and Technology assessment, efficiency and productivity using quantitative analytical tools including econometrics, statistics and mathematical programming. Saleem’s ND AES research include “evaluating the changes in Efficiency and Productivity caused by Production risk; Financial risk and Policy risk using data constructed for 6 Northern Great Plain states from 1936-2009 and farm level data. Specifically, construct and develop agriculture sector input, output and total factor productivity Ideal Fisher indexes; and construct farm program payment, crop insurance and public investment database for North Dakota and Northern Great Plains region, 1936-2010.

He was involved in the Assessment & Implementability of Income Protection on U.S. nation-wide basis; Cross-validation of historical, loss and policies databases for U.S.; Insurance rates review for all the U.S cotton states, and development of statistical and econometric computer programs to address fraud in Federal Crop Insurance program at Montana State University. Development of potential insurance policy designs for U.S. aquaculture industry; Development and pre-testing of Aquaculture Risk Management Survey by working with industry groups, farmers, aquaculture, veterinary and extension scientists; worked with Office of Management and Budget, for submission and approval process of Aquaculture Survey Instrument; Development of aquaculture database related to their production, losses and characteristics of aquaculture producers in US at Mississippi State University working with “National Risk Management Feasibility Program for Aquaculture.”

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