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Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Trey Malone is a food and agricultural economist whose primary research interests are agribusiness entrepreneurship and public policy impacts on agri-food supply chains. Since 2016, Malone has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and received a dozen research awards and fellowships, including the Emerging Scholar Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. He currently serves as Managing Editor of the Agricultural & Resource Economics Review and the International Food & Agribusiness Review. He also serves as the Agricultural Economics Fellow for Sustainable Food Systems for the Farm Foundation. Before joining the University of Arkansas, he was an Assistant Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University and his bachelor's degree from Rockhurst University. His insights have been featured in popular press outlets, including the New York Times, CNBC, USA Today, Fast Company, and Popular Science.


  • 2022–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
  • 2017–2022
    Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, Michigan State University


  • 2017 
    Oklahoma State University, PhD in Agricultural Economics
  • 2013 
    Oklahoma State University, Master's in Agricultural Economics
  • 2010 
    Rockhurst University, Bachelor's in Economics


Agricultural Economics Fellow for Sustainable Food Systems, Farm Foundation