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Research Profile – Cheryl Wachenheim

What really makes it worthwhile is that individual farmers and ranchers recognize that they can have an important impact on the external policy environment that impacts their operation, and they are therefore willing to contribute their thoughts and ideas to help guide this environment.

Name: Cheryl Wachenheim
Department/School: Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics
Campus Location: NDSU Downtown Campus, 520 Barry Hall

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The Researcher

Cheryl Wachenheim is a professor of agribusiness and applied economics at North Dakota State University. She holds an undergraduate degree in animal sciences from the University of Minnesota, a master’s and doctorate in agricultural economics, and an MBA from Michigan State University. She began her academic career at Illinois State University in Central Illinois and has been on the faculty at NDSU since 1998.  Research interests focus on identifying why people make the decisions they do, and identifying how this information can help firms, organizations, policymakers, and teachers better serve their cliental. Dr. Wachenheim has been a member of the MN Army National Guard since 1998. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She is currently a Medical Operations Officer for the Office of the State Surgeon in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. She is a resident of Moorhead, Minnesota, but is currently in Beijing, China on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The Research

The primary focus of Dr. Wachenheim’s current research involves understanding landowner and producer decision-making on conservation practices and participation in conservation programs.

What do you want to accomplish in the short-term, and then, in the long-term?

My short-term objective is to identify producer conservation behaviors and attitudes, focusing on the Conservation Reserve Program. Longer term, our research will extend into investigating program options such as the Working Wetlands Program currently being piloted in North Dakota.

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