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Agribusiness Economics Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields.

Ira Altman , Director, School of Agricultural Sciences

Dr. Altman grew up on a mixed, grain and beef, farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a BA (Double Honors) in Economics and Political Science and an MSc in Agricultural Economics. He completed his Phd at the University of Missouri in Agricultural Economics in 2005. He is married with two sons.


Dr. Altman specializes in many aspects of agribusiness economics but especially organizational economics and regional economics or rural development of emerging industries. His research includes the application of transaction cost economics, economic impacts and financial feasibility of developing industries such as bioenergy. 

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Ira Altman

Office: Agriculture Building 226-C
Phone: 618-453-2430 

Jebaraj Asirvatham, Associate Professor, Agriculture Economics

Dr. Jebaraj Asirvatham (Jeb) is Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the Department of Agribusiness Economics.  He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics in 2011 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to joining SIU, Dr. Jeb worked as an Instructor and as a post-doctoral research associate in the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  His primary research interests are Consumer Economics, Health Economics, and Nutrition and Health Behavior.  Currently, he is researching causal effects of school food environment and peers on childhood obesity.  He has received two international awards.


Influence of school food environment and social networks on health and nutritional outcomes.

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Jebaraj Asirvatham

Office: Agriculture Building 226-C
Phone: 618-453-1709
Curriculum Vitae

Sarah Bond, Assistant Professor of Practice

Dr. Sarah Bond is certainly no stranger to Illinois Agriculture. Born and raised in east central Illinois, Iroquois County, she was actively involved in 4-H for 12 years and the FFA for 6 years. Dr. Bond attributes a great deal of her educational and leadership success to the opportunities in agriculture and these organizations.

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Peter Dirks, Instructor

Agribusiness Economics


ABE 333: Professional Agriselling

ABE 419: Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness

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Kishore Joseph, Assistant Professor

Agribusiness Economics

Dr. Joseph is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M.S. Agribusiness Economics/M.B.A. program and earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2014.

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SIU Kishore Joseph Phone: 618-453-1707

Angela Kazakevicius, Instructor


ABE 300i: Social Perspectives on Environmental Issues

ABE 302 Country Living Management

ABE 340 Domestic and International Food Policies

CSEM/PSAS 446 Soil and Water Conservation

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Wanki Moon, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Agribusiness Economics

Wanki Moon has a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida.  His research interests include global governance of agricultural trade, WTO trade rules, the global food system, political economy of agricultural trade negotiations, and multifunctionality of agriculture as a paradigm shaping a new order of global agriculture.


Dr. Moon’s research interests include a range of subject matter issues within the disciplines of agricultural economics, international political economy, and global governance of agricultural trade.

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Wanki Moon

Office: Agriculture Building 223-B
Phone: 618-453-6741 

Dwight Sanders, Professor, Agribusiness Economics

Dwight Sanders is a Professor in Agribusiness Economics. His industry experience includes production agriculture (cow-calf operation), commodity futures brokerage, as well as key positions with The Pillsbury Company and Darden Restaurants, Inc.


Forecasting; forecast evaluation; risk management; hedging; futures and options markets; speculative impacts on commodity prices; development of new futures contracts; analysis of new markets for agricultural products.

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Dwight Sanders

Office: Agriculture Building 226 E

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