Jeff Schahczenski

Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist
Rocky Mountain West Regional Office

Topic Areas: Business Planning and Marketing, Crops, Organic Crops, Organic Livestock, Farm Energy, Local Foods, Policy, Soil Health

Specific Areas of Expertise: Crop insurance, conservation, national agriculture public policy, transgenics (genetically-modified organisms), blockchain agriculture supply-chain management, soil health, biochar, and the role of agriculture in climate disruption

Jeff Schahczenski’s work for the National Center for Appropriate focuses on education on crop insurance, conservation, national agriculture public policy, transgenics (genetically-modified organisms), blockchain agriculture supply-chain management, soil health, biochar, and the role of agriculture in climate disruption. He was a past elected member of the Organizational Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, past Executive Director of the Big Hole River Foundation and the Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (WSAWG), and pas adjunct instructor at Montana Technological University, Montana Western University, the University of Montana. Jeff has built his own strawbale house and greenhouse. He raises poultry and is has been a commercial beekeeper. Before moving to Montana in 1991, Jeff worked for Rutgers University, started one of the first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in New Jersey, received graduate degrees in agricultural economics and political science, served in the Peace Corps in Belize, Central America, and worked many summers on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Wisconsin.

Education:
Master of Science in Political Science, University of Florida

Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia

Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business, Beloit College

Current Professional Affiliations and Committees:
Member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society

Member of the Montana Natural Resources and Conservation Service State Technical Advisory Committee

Member of the Policy committee of the Montana Organic Association

Member of the Conservation, Environment, and Energy Committee of the National Sustainable Agriculture Council

Member of the Farming Opportunities and Farming Competition Committee of the National Sustainable Agriculture Council

Featured Publications and Presentations:

Is Organic Farming Risky? Improving Crop Insurance for Organic Farms

Federal Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching

Building a Montana Organic Livestock Industry

Belasco, Eric and Jeff Schahczenski. 2020. Is Organic Farming Risky? An Evaluation of WFRP in Organic and Conventional Production Systems. Agricultural and Resource Economics, p.1-13.

Schahczenski, Jeff and Celia Schahczenski, 2020. Blockchain and the Resurrection of Consumer Sovereignty in a Sustainable Food Economy. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development

 

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