Dr. Michael J. Best

Agricultural Economics
of Agriculture

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I was born and raised in Berea, Kentucky and grew up on a truck cropping farm growing tomatoes, burley tobacco, cattle and various other crops and livestock. I received my undergraduate degree in Agribusiness from Berea College in 1988.  I continued my education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where I received the MS in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis in Marketing in 1990. I received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in Marketing and Price Analysis in 1995. I have taught since then at several schools and most recently worked as a state extension specialist with the University of Georgia.  I am a member of the Southern and American Associations of Agricultural Economics as well as the Appalachian Studies Association. I currently advise 51 undergraduate Agribusiness students at TTU, and sponsor the Agribusiness Club.




Courses I Teach

Research Interests





AGBE 1020 Connections to Agriculture
AGBE 2010 - World Food and Society

AGBE 2100 Economics of Agriculture
AGBE 3110 Agricultural Marketing and Futures

AGBE 4130 Agricultural Policy

AGBE 3400 Agricultural Finance

AGBE 4030 Agribusiness Management
AGBE 4210 (5210) Agricultural and Biological Statistics
AGBE 4000 Internship in Agribusiness

AGBE 4940 4950 Agribusiness Economics Topics

Marketing and Production of Crops and Livestock Greenhouse Production of Tomatoes

Heirloom Vegetables


Professional Experience


Photos of my family’s farming operation in KY

My Links

Tennessee Tech Agriculture

Sustainable Mountain Ag Center, Inc