Mykel Taylor

Associate Professor & Alfa Eminent Scholar

Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology

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213 Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • M.S., Montana State University
  • B.S., Montana State University


  • 2021-present: Associate Professor, ALFA Endowed Eminent Scholar, Auburn University
  • 2011-2020: Assistant/Associate Professor, Kansas State University
  • 2008-201: Assistant Professor, Washington State University


  • 2018: American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers: Leadership Institute Attendee
  • 2017: K-State Research and Extension Award: Extension Professional of the Year
  • 2017: K-State Research and Extension Program Focus Team Award: “Farm Management PFT”
  • 2015: K-State Research and Extension Team Award: “2014 Farm Bill Education Team” comprised of State Extension Specialists and County Extension Agents from across Kansas


  • 2008-Present: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
  • 2008-Present: Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA)
  • 2021-Present: Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA)
  • 2012-2021: North Central Farm Management Extension Committee
  • 2017-2018: Chairperson, North Central Farm Management Extension Committee
  • 2018-2020: Chair, Extension Section of AAEA


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.



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


Note: Please see my CV below for a full list of publications.



  • Arnold, C., J. Yu, M. Taylor, L. Palm-Forster, S. Banerjee. “The Role of Risk in Farmland Contract Choices.” Forthcoming in Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
  • Skevas, T., M. Taylor, and A.M. Featherstone. 2023 “How different types of government payments and the elimination of direct payments affect farm productivity? Evidence from Kansas crop farms.” Applied Economics, 55(14):1621-1635.
  • McKendree, M., and M. Taylor. 2022. “Extension Program Development for Early Career Faculty.” Applied Economics and Teaching Resources. 4(3):49-66.
  • Chen, Y., B.W. Brorsen, J.T. Biermacher, and M. Taylor. 2022. “Spatially Varying Wheat Protein Premiums.” Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, 15:587-598.
  • Regmi, M., A. Featherstone, C. Cowley, M. Taylor. 2021. “Big Banks versus Agricultural Banks: Has Too-Big-To-Fail Regulation Affected Efficiency and Scale Economies Measures?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 103(3):1164-1178.
  • Taylor, M.R., N.P. Hendricks, G.S. Sampson, and D. Garr. 2021. “The Opportunity Cost of the Conservation Reserve Program: A Kansas Land Example.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 43(2):849-865.
  • Taylor, M.R., L. Sudbeck, C. Wilson, and J. Yu. 2020. “Quality Effects on Kansas Land Price Trends.” Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, pp. 167-170.
  • 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.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 45(3):410-427.
  • Bekkerman, A., and M.R. Taylor. 2020. “The Role of Spatial Density and Technological Investment on Optimal Pricing Strategies in the Grain Handling Industry.” Review of Industrial Organization, 57(1):27-58.
  • Sampson, G., N. Hendricks, and M.R. Taylor. 2019. “Land Market Valuation of Groundwater.” Resource and Energy Economics, 58: 101-120.
  • Taylor, M.R., and G.T. Tonsor. 2019. “Impact of Extension Education on 2014 Farm Bill Enrollment Decisions by Kansas Producers.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 44(1): 213-226.


  • Hendricks, N.P., I. Kisekka, V. Sharda, and M. Taylor. 2018. “The Value of Water in GMD 5.” Report commissioned by Water Protection Association of Central Kansas. December 20, 2018.
  • Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter. GAO Report, GAO-11-228 (with L. Shames, J. Jones, J. Ashley, M. Braza, A. Capaccio, B. El-Osta, E. Gunn, T. Horner, Jr., A. Liles, K. Lloyd, J. Malcolm, J. Mingus, K. Raheb, and C. Hernstadt) , June 2011.



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