UMD: A Globally Connected University

James Hanson

Professor and Associate Director, University of Maryland Extension
2212 Symons Hall
College Park, MD 20742
Work Phone: 
301 405 8122
Expert Credentials: 

Jordan, evaluated the agricultural research and extension programs at National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer (2005)
Estonia, worked with Estonian Agriculture University faculty to offer dairy educational programs for farmers (2004, 2005).
Bosnia and Herzegovina, advised the International Orthodox Christian Charities on agricultural economic development (2003, 2006).
Kazakhstan, worked with Kazakh National Agrarian University faculty to establish three pilot extension centers near Almaty (PI for US State Department grant, 2002-2005).
Honduras, advised a publicly funded, private delivery extension service to small-land holders on the hillsides in three states (2001, 2002, 2003).
Uzbekistan, worked with faculty from several Uzbek universities to create pilot agricultural extension services in the regions of Tashkent, Namangan, and Bukhara (PI for US State Department grant, 2000-2003).
Bulgaria, taught farm management and economic principles to sixty faculty members and graduate students at the Agrarian University in Plovdiv (1992). "Albania, taught farm management and agricultural marketing to two agricultural cooperatives. A text and instructor's guide were developed and translated for use by Albanians (1993)
Colombia, evaluated the competitiveness and sustainability of farming systems, partnering with three Latin American institutions (1994, 1995). "Kuwait, analyzed the strengths of animal agriculture and made suggestions for its re-establishment after the first Iraqi War (1995).
Russia, evaluated opportunities for developing wholesale fruits and vegetable markets in Moscow for local farmers (1993).
Hungary, evaluated a feasibility study by Pannon Agricultural University for agricultural investment in the Surjan Valley Agricultural Cooperative (1990).
Sri Lanka, participated in a UM Fulbright Group Scholarship in Sri Lanka studying the supply and demand for agricultural labor (1983).

Area of Expertise: 

International agricultural extension, farm management, nutrient trading between point and non-point sources of pollution, sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, small farms, economics of cropping systems

Ph.D. Agricultural Economics University of Maryland (1983)