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Research Profile - William W. Wilson

“Agriculture is changing very rapidly, impacting demand for technology and ultimately, investments in agriculture technology”

Name: William Wilson
Agribusiness and Applied Economics
Richard H. Barry Hall 634

The Researcher

William Wilson is a University Distinguished Professor in the NDSU Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. He received a B.A. in Economics from NDSU in 1975 and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1980. He joined the faculty at NDSU shortly thereafter.  While on sabbatical leave from 1987-1988, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Food Research Institute.  He was named a  University Distinguished Professor in 2007, the highest honor that can be awarded to  a faculty member at NDSU, indicating his sustained, high-quality, balanced and impactful contributions to the three missions of NDSU, research, teaching and service.  In October of 2013, Dr. Wilson was invited by the University of Manitoba to give the honorary Daryl F. Kraft Lecture, a presentation on agricultural policy to be delivered by a prominent Canadian or international agricultural economist, in honor of Daryl F. Kraft, an outstanding Canadian Agricultural Economist.

To read more about Dr. Wilson's presentation: KraftLecture

The Research

Wilson conducts research in areas related to grain marketing, impacts of biotechnology, and logistics and supply chain systems.  He provides key information to grain crop industries in North Dakota about market shifts, technologies that impact production, and supply and demand impacts on exports.  He works closely with plant breeders and private industry in order to help develop public and private partnerships in technology.  He provides research based information on the impacts of new technologies to ND’s grain industry, technologies including those provided through biotechnology discoveries.

Why it Matters

Wilson believes that the adoption of new technologies and public-private partnerships in technology will increase farm profitability in the region by increasing yields and keeping crops competitive.  Wilson is excited about his research in studying the economics of using novel and contemporary methodologies for crop production, especially wheat.  In serving as a liaison between NDSU and private industry, he brings to the table a global expertise in crop marketing, and has an extremely keen sense of the ongoing changes in world agriculture.

Student Engagement/New Commodity Trading Lab

Wilson generally directs the programs of two master’s level graduate students per year, and teaches three classes, Commodity Marketing, Seminar, and Agrifinance and Commodity Trading.  He was very instrumental in developing the Commodity Training Room in NDSU’s Richard H. Barry Hall, a laboratory whose purpose is to provide a dedicated room to teach commodity marketing, logistics, trading and risk management to students and to agribusiness industries.   More information on this unique commodity training room may be found at:

Analyzing Commodities, World Trade and Technology

Wilson is a world authority in grain marketing and grain commodity trading.  He has assisted agribusiness firms and U.S. government and international agencies in special projects across the world - to identify world grain flows and the effects of marketing strategies by other countries on U.S. markets. These countries include Australia (as a visiting lecturer 2 times/year at AgriBio on topics related to technology valuation and strategy), Canada, and Russia, and now advises one of the largest farming corporations in the Former Soviet Union on risk strategy.  He also served the grain industry as a board member of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, from 1991-2003. The Minneapolis Grain Exchange, established in 1881, is the only authorized U.S. Exchange for Hard Red Spring Wheat and White Wheat.

Contact Information

William W. Wilson
Agribusiness and Applied Economics
Richard H. Barry Hall 634, NDSU



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