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Ariana Torres

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Associate Professor of Horticulture and Agricultural Economics
Horticulture Room 330
625 Agriculture Mall Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor Horticulture & Lands. Archit.
  • Associate Professor Agricultural Economics
HORT Room 330
625 Agricultural Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

 General Information

Dr. Torres’ background combines field experience in agriculture with theoretical and applied research on agricultural economics. She has worked on projects looking at the impact of marketing choices on technology adoption for fruit and vegetable growers; the economic implications of social capital on entrepreneurship; and the role of community support on the resilience of small business after disasters.

Dr. Torres' appointment in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture & Agricultural Economics allows her to use economic analysis to support the economic viability of the horticulture industry. Her research focuses on the intersection between the horticulture industry and marketing decisions. Her goal is to conduct innovative outreach and applied research in Specialty Crops Marketing, with the end of promoting economic sustainability for horticultural businesses.

Dr. Torres is currently working on a project evaluating the market, economics, and potential barriers to produce export-quality dried apricots from smallholders of southern Tajikistan. She is also working on evaluating the adoption of solar dehydrator for selected dried specialty crops in Indiana and Georgia. Lastly, she is collecting foundational data and establishing long-term pricing reports for Indiana farmers' markets.


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