Dr. Parr Rosson was appointed interim director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in April 2018.
Dr. Rosson is head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University in College Station and an AgriLife Extension economist. He has an extensive background in AgriLife Extension economics, serving as an agency economist and previously serving as director of the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University for more than two decades focusing on international trade and marketing.
Dr. Rosson’s most recent AgriLife Extension programming efforts have focused on exporting agricultural products to Cuba and other emerging markets, as well as the economic impacts of immigrant labor and invasive species. Much of this work has been provided to U.S. congressional committees, state officials, commodity associations and farm organization leadership. His applied research efforts are directed to support his AgriLife Extension programs.
Dr. Rosson has taught upper-level undergraduate courses – International Trade and Agriculture and International Agribusiness Marketing. Dr. Rosson has also previously taught two master’s level courses at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in applied economics and business administration. He has also co-authored a textbook, An Introduction to Agricultural Economics. The book is now in its fifth edition and has been adopted by 68 institutions in the United States and other countries.
Dr. Rosson’s awards and honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence, the Honors Professor Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Distinguished Achievement Award-Extension from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M.