Jim Hanson, University of Maryland at College Park

Jim Hanson is an Extension Economist, with an emphasis on small farms and sustainable agriculture, for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland at College Park.  He has served as the University’s representative on the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.  Some of his extension programs include increasing consumption of local foods in schools (farm to school), risk management for organic farmers, sustainable crop rotations for the Mid-Atlantic, organic apple production, encouraging the transition of tobacco farmers in Southern Maryland to high value fruit and vegetable production, and support of small farmers.  

He has served as the Associate Director and Associate Dean for University of Maryland Extension (acting), 2005 - 2006.  From 1996 to 2001, he served as Assistant Director and Program Leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources for University of Maryland Extension.  In the last five years, he has worked on agricultural development projects in Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Kosovo.  He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland and his M.Sc. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota.  He and his wife operate a small farm in Central Maryland.  For more information, see his home page at http://www.arec.umd.edu/People/Faculty/Hanson_Jim/index.cfm