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Institute for Food and Agriculture

John Hagen


- Ph.D. Agricultural Economics (1968), Washington State University
- M.S. North Dakota State University (1957)
- B.S. North Dakota State University (1953)

Professional Experience

- Assistant Professor to Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, California State University, Fresno. 1969 to present.

- Agricultural Economist, Packaging and Transportation Research, US Department of Agriculture, Fresno, CA. 1965-69.

- Junior Agricultural Economist, Marketing Research, Washington State University., 1962-65.

- Research Assistant, Marketing Research, Washington State University, 1960-62.

- Retail Food Marketing Specialist, North Carolina State University, 1957-60.

- Assistant County Agent, North Dakota Extension Service, 1955-56.

- U.S. Army - Company Grade Infantry Officer, 1953-55.

Consulting and Projects Conducted

Conducted numerous short-term studies for various firms and agencies. Among these are:

Feasibility Studies of:

  • Establishing a frozen food plant in California
  • Establishing a campground in the Sierra foothills
  • Establishing a textile mill in Central California
  • Marketing an automatic fencing machine
  • Marketing a multi-use tiller
  • Marketing a plant growth regular

Other Studies:
  • Estimated target markets for fertilizer
  • Conducted a management audit of a large farm-foodprocessor
  • Served as a consultant to the Governor's TaskForce on Small Farm Viability
  • Conducted a readership profile for an agricultural-chemical magazine

Foreign Experience:
  • Uruguay - evaluated the potential of exporting fruit from Uruguay for the Minister of Agriculture, Uruguay, South America
  • Honduras - represented the University in a study of potential research and marketing programs in Honduras

Professional Membership and Activities

- American Agricultural Economics Association

- Western Agricultural Economics Association

- American Marketing Association


- 1990 and 1985 Meritorious Performance and Promise Award, California State University, Fresno

- 1975 Salgo Noren Outstanding Teacher Award, School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, CSU Fresno

- 1973 Award for Outstanding Teaching and Counseling, CSU Fresno Outstanding Educator of America

- 1972 Outstanding Educator of America


- Authored numerous articles and bulletins about food distribution and agricultural marketing.