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Research Profile - Saleem Shaik

“Risk in agriculture is here to stay and with increased globalization  it would be hard to stay or shy away from understanding risk, associated statistical/analytical concepts and, most importantly, empirical application to real world situations.”

Name: Saleem Shaik
NDSU Barry Hall 504
Agribusiness and Applied Economics

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The Researcher

Saleem Shaik received his BS in agriculture and MS in agricultural economics from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India, and his PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with specialization in risks associated with agricultural production economics.  Before joining NDSU, Dr. Shaik worked on Risk Management Agency crop insurance projects and on feasibility of potential aquaculture insurance policies at Montana and Mississippi. He is married to Hema Pillai, and they have two children, Sunny and Bobby.

The Research

Dr. Shaik’s current research is built on the concept of risk – evaluating the causes of production, financial, and institutional risks in the agriculture environment of North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains states.  Dr. Shaik also interacts with educational instructors from the North Dakota Farm and Ranch Business Management Association (NDFRBM) in developing efficiency benchmarks using enterprise and farm data.  Dr. Shaik’s long term goals include establishing a bi-directional interaction with research-farm management organizations, firms, and/or farmers; and developing an NDSU website with all the information about the changing risk environment of North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains states agriculture sector. 

Why it Matters

Changes in agriculture (fewer farms, larger acreages/farm, and fewer wheat acres) in North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains region might be due to the changing nature of production, financial conditions, and institutional policies.   Dr. Shaik’s research will benefit: farmers, by developing actuarially sound premium rates; the farm sector and industry, by clarifying institutional and trade causes of productivity changes; and policy makers, by informing them of what  magnitude of investments and innovations will be needed to sustain or grow agricultural productivity in ND.


Student Engagement

Dr. Shaik teaches his graduate students the concept of risk and its empirical application through research projects that study risk related issues associated with farm programs, crop insurance, and trade.  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.

Studying Risk Brings Great Rewards

Dr. Shaik’s research brings him a great feeling of satisfaction because the work not only contributes to the development of new theory and methods, but is also of practical use in evaluating the changes to the risk environment of agriculture in North Dakota’s and other Northern Great Plains states. 

Contact Information:

Dr. Saleem Shaik
Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics
504 Barry Hall
NDSU Dept. 7610, PO Box 6050
Fargo ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701.231.7459

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