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Matthew Diersen

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Griffith Chair in Agricultural Finance, Professor, SDSU Extension Risk and Business Management Specialist

Office Building

Harding Hall



Mailing Address

Harding Hall 202
Economics-Box 2220
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Matthew (Matt) Diersen is the Griffith Chair in Agricultural Finance. He teaches agricultural economics courses. His scholarly work is focused on pricing mechanisms and financial risks across extreme timespans. His SDSU Extension programming focuses on the interaction of commodity marketing and insurance tools and on changes in the agricultural economy. He is also the co-director of Every Acre Counts, a program seeking management solutions for marginally profitable cropland. He shares commodity market and agricultural sector analysis with producers, lenders, and the agribusiness community in the northern plains. He enjoys applying portfolio theory and economics principals to everyday life. Matt lives in Brookings, South Dakota with his family.


Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois
M.S., Agricultural Economics, North Dakota State University
B.A., Economics, University of Minnesota, Morris

Academic Interests

Agricultural Finance, Commodity Marketing, Rural Economy

Academic Responsibilities

AgEc 478: Agricultural Finance
AgEc 484/584: Trading in Commodity Futures and Options

Extension Responsibilities

Providing analysis and insights for producers and agribusinesses as they understand and implement commodity marketing and insurance tools. Serving on the technical advisory committee of the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC). Participating on the NCCC-134 regional committee.

Professional Memberships

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

Area(s) of Research

Price Analysis, Pricing Mechanisms, Interest Rates, Crop Insurance