Frances Gould, Schultz, Bruce | 1/24/2017 8:29:26 PM
Mike Deliberto worked in 2016 as the interim LSU AgCenter economist for rice, as Mike Salassi took over as head of the AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.
Deliberto didn’t grow up on a farm, but while working on his bachelor’s degree in forestry management, he took an ag policy course that piqued his interest. From there, he obtained a master’s degree in agricultural economics in 2006 and started working for Salassi as a research associate focusing on rice.
“I really fell in love with agriculture,” Deliberto said.
At Salassi’s urging, Deliberto earned his doctorate degree, writing his dissertation on the 2014 farm bill. He also teaches agricultural economics to undergraduate students.
“I’m fortunate enough to really love what I do,” he said.
Deliberto is eager to help farmers with their economic decisions, Salassi said.
“Dr. Deliberto does outstanding work in the area of rice production economics and farm management,” Salassi said.
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