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Education

Doctor of Philosophy: Agricultural Economics (Production Economics), Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society of Agriculture) Chi Gamma Iota (Veteran's Honor Society) - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1978)

Master of Science: Plant and Soil Science - Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee Institute, AL (1974)

Bachelor of Science: Agriculture, President's Scholar and Cum Laude - Alcorn A&M College, Lorman, Mississippi (1970)

Professional Experience

1995-Present: Professor of Agricultural Economics, Fort Valley State University

2004-2007: Dean and Research Director - College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs, FVSU

1993-1995: Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Professor of Agricultural Economics - FVSU

1985-1995: Coordinator of Agricultural Economics/Rural Development Research - FVSU

1983-1989: Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics - FVSU

1978-1983: Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics - FVSU

1977-1978: Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics - Prairie View A&M University, TX

1970-1972: Military policeman - U.S. Army

1970-1977: Farmers Home Administration, Assistant County Supervisor - U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mendenhall, Mississippi; military and educational leave

Research Interests

My research has focused on the marketing of non-traditional products in niche markets. Specifically, I have focused on the meat goat supply chain and the barriers hampering the expansion of organic vegetables in the South.

Publications

  1. Beauford, E. Y. and Mack C. Nelson. 1988. "Social and Economic Conditions of Black Farm Households: Status and Prospects." Pp. 99-119 in Lionel J. Beaulieu (ed.) The Rural South in Crisis: Challenges for the Future. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. (book chapter)
  2. Liu, X., Mack C. Nelson and E. Styles. "Validating the Demand for Goat Meat in the U.S. meat Market," Agricultural Science, 4 (10): 546-557.
  3. Liu, Xuanli, Mack C. Nelson and Mohammed Ibrahim. 2007. "Analyzing Consumer's Calculation Factors in the Purchase Decision of Goat Meat." Journal of Food Distribution Research. Vol. XXXVIII (1):196-202.
  4. Knight, Erika, Lisa House, Mack C. Nelson and Robert Degner. 2006. "An Evaluation of Consumer Preferences Regarding Goat Meat in the South." Journal of Food Distribution Research XXXVII (March): 88-96.
  5. Chen L. and Nelson M.C. (2006) Optimization of the RAPD Marker Techniques in Camellia. American Camellia Yearbook 61. Pp. 18-25
  6. Nelson, Mack C. Jackie Whitehead, Seyedmedhi Mobini, Nathaniel B. Brown, Jr., and Marc Thomas. 2004. "Segmenting Niche Goat Meat Markets." Journal of Food Distribution Research. Vol XXXV (1):146-153.
  7. Nelson, Mack and Yvonne B. Oliver. 1995. "Employment Structure and Poverty: Theoretical Perspectives and Conceptual Frameworks." American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 77(3):803-805.
  8. Nelson, Mack C., N. B. Brown, Jr., and Letitia F. Toomer. 1991. "Limited Resource Farmers' Productivity: Some Evidence from Georgia." American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 73: 1480-1484.
  9. Brown, N. B. Jr., Vickie Martin, and Mack C. Nelson. 1989. "The Impacts of Selected Job Benefits on Labor Market Entry." Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 35 (4): 225-242.
  10. Jones, Dewitt, Mack C. Nelson, and Alfred Parks. 1983. "Demand and Supply Factors of Black Agricultural Economists." American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 65 (5):988-992.
  11. Nelson, Mack C., Letitia F. Toomer, and N.B. Brown, Jr. 1982. "Price Levels and Price Variability for Selected Types of Food Outlets Within and Among Markets." Rural Sociology in the South. Pp. 77-86.
  12. Seitz, Wesley, Mack C. Nelson and Craig Osteen. 1979. "Economics of Soil Erosion Control." Land Economics Journal. Vol. 55(1): 28-42.
  13. Nelson, Mack C. and Wesley Seitz. 1979. "An Analysis of Soil Erosion Control in A Watershed Representing Corn Belt Conditions." North Central Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 1 (2): 173-196.
  14. Nelson, Mack C., Jackie Whitehead, Seyedmehdi Mobini Nathaniel B. Brown, Jr., and Marc Thomas. 2001. "Factors Affecting Consumption of Goat Meat Products: Consumer Taste Test and Survey." ARS/AGEC Report No. 1. College of Agriculture, Home Economics and Allied Programs, Fort Valley State University, GA.
  15. Mobini, S. Mack C. Nelson and Y. B. Oliver. 1997. "Goat Markets in State of Georgia." Cooperative Extension Program, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
  16. Mobini, S. Mack C. Nelson and Y. B. Oliver. 1998. " Licensed Georgia Facilities that Slaughter Goats. Cooperative Extension Program, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
  17. Nelson, Mack C. and E.A. Gyawu. 1987. "A Measure of Selected South Georgia's Farmers' Productivity at Different Ages." Fort Valley State College Agricultural Research Station. Technical Bulletin 105.
  18. Nelson, Mack C. and E.A. Gyawu. 1987. "A Measure of Selected South Georgia's Farmers' Productivity at Different Ages." Fort Valley State College Agricultural Research Station. Technical Bulletin 105.
  19. Gyawu, E. A. and Mack C. Nelson. 1987. "A Logit Analysis of Farmers' Use of Public or Private Sources of Information." Fort Valley State College Agricultural Research Station. Technical Bulletin 103.
  20. Allen, J.E., C. G. Davis, S. H. Evans, W. E. Huffman, D. Jones, Mack C. Nelson, Alfred Parks and R. D. Robbins. 1986. "Opportunities and Status of Blacks in the Agricultural Economics Profession." American Agricultural Economics Association, Occasional Paper No. 4.
  21. Seitz, Wesley D., C. Osteen and Mack C. Nelson. 1979. "Economic Impacts of Policies to Control Erosion and Sedimentation in Illinois and other Corn - Belt States." Illinois Agricultural Economics, Staff paper 78E:44.
  22. Chen L., S. Wang, M. Nelson (2005) Genetic diversities within camellia species confirmed by random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers. HortScience. 40:1105.
  23. Chen L., S. Wang, M. Nelson (2005) Detection of genetic variation among camellia parents and hybrids using random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers. HortScience. 40: 1121.
  24. Nelson, Mack C., S. Mobini, Marc Thomas, Jackie Whitehead, and N. B. Brown, Jr. 2001. "Factors Affecting the Consumption of Goat Meat Products." PAWC Proceedings -Land, Community and Culture: African American, Native American and Native Alaskan Connections. Pp. 57-67. Tuskegee University, AL.
  25. Brown, Chandra D., Yvonne B. Oliver, Jackie Whitehead, Mack C. Nelson, and Nathaniel B. Brown, Jr. 1994. "Perceptions of Georgia Residents About Food, Farming, and the Environment." Proceedings PAWC - Rural Development and A Changing USDA, Tuskegee University, Pp. 104-115.
  26. Zachery, Nikki and Mack C. Nelson. 1992. "Consumers' Knowledge and use of Goat Products: An Atlanta Case Study." Proceedings PAWC - Challenges In Agricultural and Rural Development. Tuskegee University, Pp. 157-164.
  27. Humphrey, Vonda L., Mack C. Nelson, Kandace Brown, Mary A. M. Ray and Nathaniel B. Brown, Jr. 1988. "An Analysis of Agriculture Graduates' Opinions of the Need for Selected Agricultural Competencies." Proceedings PAWC - Rural Development Issues of the Nineties. Tuskegee University, Pp. 153-160.
  28. Beauford, Yvonne E. and Mack C. Nelson. 1989. "Status of and Prospect of Improving the Economic Conditions of Minority Owned Farms in the South." Proceeding PAWC - Keys to Rural Community Development. Tuskegee University. Pp. 103-108.

Selected External Grants Funded

  1. Co-Principal Investigator, Quantifying the Market for production of Organic Agriculture in Georgia. Georgia Department of Agriculture, 2011 - 2014 ($80,000).
  2. Co-Principal Investigator, Multicultural Scholars in Agricultural Economics: Enhancing Food and Agriculture Diversity. National Institute for Food and Agriculture, 2012 – 2017 ($160,000).
  3. An Investigation of the General and Niche Market Demand for Goat Meat and the Sustainability of Goat Production. SARE, 2002 – 2005 ($161,074)
  4. Production Systems to Improve the Efficiency and Profitability of Small and Economically Disadvantaged Livestock Farms (USDA Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems Grant, 2001 – 2005 ($120,522).
  5. Minority Summer Research Apprenticeship Program Grant (USDA 80, 81, 82) ( $7,500)
  6. Study Grant, Chicago Board of Trade, 92 ($2,500)
  7. Travel Grant, AAEA Foundation , 94 ($1,500)
  8. Developing Collaborative Models of Outreach and Applied Scholarship to Empower Selected African American Youth, Families and Communities in the Southern Black Belt Region , SOFSEC Project, 96, Y. B. Oliver, C. Williams, Jr, Mack C. Nelson ($29,000)
  9. The Environmental Justice Research Initiative, NRCS, 96, Yvonne B. Oliver Mack C. Nelson, N.B. Brown, Jr., and Clarence Williams, Jr. ($30,000)
  10. Developing Models for Comprehensive and Sustainable Food Delivery Systems, SOFSEC,(97, Mack C. Nelson Y.B. Oliver, and Glenwood Hill ($15,000)
  11. "The School Lunch Program." Georgia Department of Agriculture, 96, Glenwood Hill, Yvonne B. Oliver, Mack C. Nelson ($30,500)