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Craig L Dobbins

Agricultural Economics 

  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
Krannert Room 686

Professor Dobbins conducts extension and teaching programs in farm management. His areas of interest include the application of decision support tools to farm management problems, farm financial management, and farmland economics.

Professor Dobbins teaches two undergraduate courses: AGEC 411 – Farm Management and AGEC 412 – Farm Business Management Workshop.

His recent publications include: Measuring and Analyzing Farm Financial Performance, Purdue Extension Publication EC-712; Developing Vision and Mission Statements, Purdue Extension Publication EC-720; Principles for Structuring Small Businesses and Farms, Extension Publication EC-729; and “Indiana Farmland Values and Cash Rent Jump Upward,” Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, August 2005, pages 1 – 8.

Awards & Honors

(2013) Career Award. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialist Association.

(2009) AAEA Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Group Award. Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.

(2008) Abstract Award for Humanaities/Socal Sciences. Undergraduate Research & Poster Symposium.

(2008) David C. Phendler Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. 2007-2008. College of Agriculture, Purdue University.

(2006) Outstanding Undergraduate Counselor Award. College of Agriculture.

(2005) Team Award. Purdue Univesity Cooperative Extension Specialist Association Award.

(2004) Certificate of Achievement. Epsilon Sigma Phi.

(2004) Chapter recognition for level of activity and improvement in activities. Gamma Sigma Delta.

(2004) Outstanding Team Award. PUCESA.

(2004) Seed of Excellence. Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Dobbins, C. L. (2013). "Neil Farm" in 2013 Indiana Farm Management Profiles, 15-17.

Dobbins, C. L., & Cook, K. (2013). "Up Again: Indiana’s Farmland Market in 2013,” in Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, 1-9. Retrieved from

Dobbins, C. L., & Cook, K. (2013). "Values for Indiana Pasture Land; Irrigated Farmland; Hay Ground; and On-Farm Grain Storage Rent,” in Purdue Agricultural Economics Report,, 12-13. Retrieved from

Dobbins, C. L. (2013). “Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers’ Assessment of Indiana’s Farmland Market,” in Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, 1-2. Retrieved from http://

Dobbins, C. L. (2013). “Mood Shift for Farmland and Cash Rents” ini Purdue Agricultural Economics Report, Department of Agricultural Economics, 12-13. Retrieved from

Dobbins, C. L., Langemeier, M. R., Miller, W. A., Nielson, R., Vyn, T., Casteel, S., . . . Wise, K. (2013). 2014 Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide (December Revision), 3. Retrieved from

Dobbins, C. L., Langemeier, M. R., Miller, W. A., Nielson, B., Vyn, T., Casteel, S., . . . Wise, K. (2013). 2014 Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide,, 3. Retrieved from

Darko, F. A., Allen, B., Mazunda, J., Rahimzai, R., & Dobbins, C. L. (2013). Cost-Minimize Food Budgets in Ghana. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 5(4), 135-141. Retrieved from http://

Dillard, J. G., Kuethe, T. H., Dobbins, C. L., Boehlje, M. D., & Florax, R. J. G. M. (2013). The Impacts of the Tax-Deferred Exchange on Farm Real Estate Values. Land Economics, 89(4), 479-489.

Dobbins, C. L., Miller, W. A., Nielson, R., Vyn, T. J., Casteel, S., Johnson, B., . . . Erickson, B. (2012). 2012 Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide, 3. Retrieved from