David Lambert to lead K-State's Department of Agricultural Economics
Kansas State University has named David K. Lambert to lead its Department of Agricultural Economics.
Lambert, who is a professor and former department chair in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, will assume his new responsibilities at K-State August 3.
"We are so pleased to have Dr. David Lambert come on board," said Fred Cholick, dean of K-State's College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. "His international experience, as well as his years in research, teaching, and Extension, will prove valuable as he guides our agricultural economics efforts. In addition, his time spent in government work will bring a new perspective to our college and the department."
Lambert earned a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University, and master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of California, Davis. He also spent one and a half years at Georg August Universität in Göttingen, Germany, first in the University of California's Education Abroad Program and later as a research assistant.
He has been on the faculty at NDSU since 1998. Prior to that, he was an assistant and later associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, from 1984 to 1998.
During his years at NDSU and the University of Nevada, Reno, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses, authored numerous journal articles, and is currently nearing the end of his three-year term as the editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
"I am very excited to soon be a part of a great university that is preparing tomorrow's leaders through its excellent educational programs, is providing research-based answers to today's agricultural and natural resource problems, and is working with the state's public and private decision makers to help them make the best choices for their families, their businesses, and for the people of the state," Lambert said.
He and Cybil Perkins, married now for 27 years, met as undergraduates while both attended UC Davis. Cybil is the assistant editor for the Journal, and serves in numerous volunteer roles around the Fargo area. The couple has two sons. Tyler is a junior at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Dylan is a sophomore in high school.
As head of the Department of Agricultural Economics within K-State's College of Agriculture, Lambert will lead a department that includes 54 faculty members, including the Kansas Farm Management Program. In the current academic year, 300 undergraduate students are enrolled in the department's agribusiness and agricultural economics degree programs. The department also has 108 graduate students enrolled in the Master of Agribusiness (M.A.B.), master of agricultural economics (M.S.), or the doctorate of economics (Ph.D.) programs.
The department also has an active research program providing both public and private decision makers with valuable insight into important agricultural economics, agribusiness, and rural development issues.
In order to convey that research-backed information to Kansans and others, K-State's agricultural economics department provides information and education on issues of significance to agriculture and rural areas in Kansas. The department's Extension and outreach program consists of state specialists, area specialists, and KFMA economists, making K-State's agricultural economics Extension team one of the largest of its kind in the country. K-State's agricultural economists host the annual Risk and Profit Conference for producers and other agribusiness professionals, as well as many other educational outreach programs throughout the state.