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Dr. Nicole Wagner

Lecturer of Crop Science, Leadership Studies

Ph.D. Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University

            Concentration in agro-ecological modeling, quantitative methods/statistics

M.S. Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota

           Minor: Horticulture

B.S. Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota

Undergraduate courses taught:
  • AG 1100 - Careers in Agriculture
  • AG 2310 - Applied Leadership Principles
  • AG 2313 - Agronomic Crops
  • AG 3319 - International Food and Fiber Systems
  • AG 3246 - Soils I
Dr. Wagner’s career spans 16 years of academic, government and nonprofit research, and analysis in the fields of cropping (and horticulture) systems, precision agriculture, statistics, international trade and agricultural commodity forecasting. Additionally, she has farm production experience on a 5000 acre corn-soy farm in Minnesota, a small diversified vegetable farm in Montana, and a large organic dairy in Montana. Upon completing her Ph.D., Dr. Wagner became a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Crop Assessment Analyst in Washington D.C. In this position she forecasted the production of the major agricultural commodities of all South American countries, with an emphasis on Brazil and Argentina. In 2006, she became an International Economist at USDA in Washington D.C. where she developed briefing materials for and organized Cabinet and senior executive-level meetings in Washington D.C. and abroad concerning agricultural trade policy issues, with an emphasis on NAFTA. In 2008, Dr. Wagner was a member of the U.S. government’s delegation to the United Nations "High-Level Conference on World Food Security". In 2014, Nicole joined Texas State University's Office of Research Development, and in 2015 she began teaching in the Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Wagner is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on two funded grant projects: 
“EverGreen:  A Cross-Disciplinary Research-Based Education Program for Hispanic Students at the Food-Water-Energy Intersection” and “RURAL-V: Reaching Underserved Rural Agricultural Latinos and Veterans”.