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About the IFAMR 

Thank you for your interest in the Interntional Food and Agribusiness Management Review.

Executive Editor, Michael Gunderson

Director, Head of Agricultural Strategy and Research, MetLife Investment Management


Michael Gunderson is passionate about agriculture and improving the management competencies of agribusiness professionals. He is committed to lifelong learning and professional development. He conducts research that aims to improve the efficiency of the food and agribusiness value chain recognizing that the chain is only strong if all links are. Mike enjoys tackling issues at the intersection of growing a sustainable food supply profitably. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, trade magazines, and in the press.

He has taught over 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 2,000 agribusiness professionals in executive education seminars. He has been recognized by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the North American Teachers and Colleges of Agriculture, the UF College of Agricultural Life Sciences, Purdue University, and the Southern Agricultural Economics Association for his outstanding teaching.

Mike earned his doctorate from Purdue in 2006 and holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, farm and financial management from the University of Illinois. He is married to Alee Lynch Gunderson. They enjoy going on hikes with their children, Jarvis and Alma, and their two dogs, as well as following college sports and traveling internationally.

Awards & Honors

(2018) Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award. Purdue University College of Agriculture.

(2017) John Deere Award. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA).

(2013) Teacher Fellow. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

(2013) Excellence in Distance Learning, credit-granting. Purdue University.

(2012) Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award for Less Than Ten Years Experience. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

(2011) Outstanding Teaching of a Course Award Less Than 10 years Experience. Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

(2011) Undergraduate Teaching Award. University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Selected Publications

Gunderson, M., Torres, A., Michael, B., & Rhonda, P. (2018). Feast or Famine. In How to Feed the World. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Gloy, B. A., Gunderson, M. A., & LaDue, E. L. (2005). The Costs and Returns of Agricultural Credit Delivery. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 87(3), 703–716. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00757.x

Johnson, A. M., Boehlje, M. D., & Gunderson, M. A. (2017). Agricultural credit risk and the macroeconomy Determinants of Farm Credit Mid-America PD migrations. Agricultural Finance Review, 77(1), 164-180. doi:10.1108/AFR-06-2016-0057

Widmar, D. A., Gray, A. W., & Gunderson, M. A. (2015). Hoover Seeds, inc.: A Period of Transition. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97(2), 628-634. doi:10.1093/ajae/aau110

Gunderson, M. A., Boehlje, M. D., Neves, M., & Sonka, S. (2014). Agribusiness organization and management. In Encyclopedia of agriculture and food systems (51–70). Elsevier.

Diebel, P. L., Perry, G. M., Gunderson, M. A., & Downey, W. (2014). Agribusiness Benchmarks: Creating Common Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Agribusiness Management Programs. Journal of Agribusiness, 32(1), 47-65.

Gunderson, M. A. (2014). The Ethics and Economics of Agrifood Competition (96). doi:10.1093/ajae/aat112

Moss, C. B., Moss, C. B., Klinefelter, D. A., & Gunderson, M. A. (2012). Accounting for complex entities: implications for ARMS. Agricultural Finance Review, 72(2), 201–209.

Detre, J. D., & Gunderson, M. A. (2012). Did the “Pink Slime” Controversy Influence Publicly Traded Agribusiness Companies. Choices, 27(4).

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