Rodney Holcomb, Ph.D.

Agricultural Economics
Charles B. Browning Endowed Professor
Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center


Research Interests

Holcomb’s focus is in the area of agribusiness development and value-added commodities processing.

“We’re accountable to the people for our use of state tax dollars, and the mission of the land-grant university is to perform applied research and assist in the education and dissemination of technology. I will adhere to this mission by developing economic feasibility studies and disseminating that information.”

Teaching Responsibilities

AGEC 5423 Agribusiness Management

Key Publications

Kenkel, P. and R. Holcomb. “Conditions Necessary for Private Investment in the Ethanol Industry” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, (forthcoming, 2009).

Ferrell, S.L., P. Kenkel and R. Holcomb. Economic Aspects of Biofuel Assessment: A Feasibility Approach to Project Evaluation” Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium Shupe, T.f. and M.A. Dunn (eds) LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, L.a. ISBN 0-9763632-3-2 p, 32-52, 2009.

Kenkel, P., and R. B. Holcomb, “Challenges to Producer Ownership of Ethanol and Biodiesel Production Facilities,” Agricultural and Applied Economics, Vol. 38, No. 2 July 2006.

Kenkel, P. and R. Holcomb. “Feasibility of On-Farm or Small Scale Oilseed Processing and Biodiesel Production” in Integration of Agricultural and Energy Systems, B.C. English, R.J. Menard and K.Jenson, editors, Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, Illinois. Proceeding of conference Atlanta Georgia, Feb 12-13, 2008.