John N. Ferris

John N. Ferris

Ph.D., 1957. Michigan State University
M.S., 1952. Cornell University
B.S., 1951. Purdue University

Professor Emeritus

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

AFRE Faculty, 1957-1997

East Lansing, MI

517 337-2955, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Student Mentoring

Teaching Experience

  • Professor Ferris developed an undergraduate course entitled “Commodity and Futures Marketing.” 
  • His graduate course, “Commodity Market Analysis,” was designed to help students develop analytical skills in applied econometrics. A majority of the students were either foreign or were interested in international development and were encouraged to select a commodity in their country to analyze. 
  • Class notes led to a textbook, Agricultural Prices and Commodity Market Analysis, published by WCB/McGraw-Hill in 1997.  The book is in the second edition and has received a very favorable review in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.  One of the chapters was selected by the World Bank for a web course on commodity price risk management in developing countries.