Mykel Taylor

Alfa Eminent Scholar

Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology

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213 Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849


Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • MS, Montana State University
  • BS, Montana State University

Professional Experience

  • 2021 – Present – Associate Professor, ALFA Endowed Eminent Scholar – Auburn University
  • 2011 – 2020 – Assistant/Associate Professor – Kansas State University
  • 2008 – 2011 – Assistant Professor – Washington State University

Recent or Select Honors and Awards

  • 2017 – Outstanding State Extension Professional – Kansas State University

Professional Affiliations

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
  • Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA)
  • Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA)



My research centers around land ownership and management. Specifically, I work on understanding land value determinants, trends in land rental rates, and characterizing landowner and tenant relationships. I also study farm management and farm policy issues.


Recent Courses Taught

  • AGEC 1000 – Global Issues in Food, Agriculture, Development, and Environment
  • AGEC 5010/6010 – Farm Management
  • AGEC 3050 – Farm Appraisal


  • Regmi, M., A. Featherstone, C. Cowley, M. Taylor. 2020. “Big Banks versus Agricultural Banks: Has Too-Big-To-Fail Regulation Affected Efficiency and Scale Economies Measures?” Forthcoming: American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Taylor, M.R., L. Sudbeck, C. Wilson, and J. Yu. 2020. “Quality Effects on Kansas Land Price Trends.” Forthcoming: Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
  • Sampson, G.S., E.D. Perry, and M.R. Taylor. 2020. “The On-farm and Near-farm Effects of Wind Turbines on Agricultural Land Values.” Forthcoming: Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
  • Taylor, M.R., N.P. Hendricks, G.S. Sampson, and D. Garr. 2020. “The Opportunity Cost of the Conservation Reserve Program: A Kansas Land Example.” Forthcoming: Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.