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Michael A Gunderson

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor
765.496.2010
Krannert Room 754J

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.


Mike also 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 taking their two children and two dogs for hikes and following college sports.

Awards & Honors

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

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

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

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

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

Selected Publications

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

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

Trejo-Pech, C. J., Weldon, R. N., & Gunderson, M. A. (2014). Earnings Management through Specific Accruals and Discretionary Expenses: Evidence from US Agribusiness Firms. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue Canadienne DÕAgroeconomie.

Holland, J. K., Olynk Widmar, N. J., Widmar, D. A., Ortega, D. L., & Gunderson, M. A. (2014). Understanding Producer Strategies: Identifying Key Success Factors of Commercial Farms in 2013. Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

Widmar, D. A., Gray, A. W., & Gunderson, M. A. (2014). Wilson Seeds, Inc.: A Period of Transition. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Gunderson, M. A. (2014). The Ethics and Economics of Agrifood Competition. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 96(2), 611-612. doi:10.1093/ajae/aat112

Janve, B., Yang, W., Kozman, A., Sims, C., Teixeira, A., Gunderson, M. A., & Rababah, T. M. (2013). Enhancement of corn nixtamalization by power ultrasound. Food and Bioprocess Technology, 6(5), 1269–1280.

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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