Jeffery Peterson

Director of the UMN Water Resources Center

Jeffrey M. Peterson is the Director of the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center, a partnership of University Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences.

As Director, he provides overall leadership for the center’s outreach, teaching, and research activities involving faculty and students across the university. He also holds a faculty appointment as a Professor in the Department of Applied Economics.

Peterson received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. Prior to coming to Minnesota he held a faculty position in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University for 15 years, including service as Director of Graduate Studies from 2014 to 2015. He is the recipient of national awards for his research on environmental policy analysis, focusing on water use and water quality impacts from agriculture.  He currently serves as an editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 

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