Larry G. Hamm

Larry G. Hamm

Ph.D., 1981. Michigan State University
M.S., 1972. University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., 1969. Pennsylvania State University

Former Chair, Professor Emeritus

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

AEC/AFRE Faculty, 1984 to 2010

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Biographical Information 

Larry Hamm, Professor Emeritus, in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University began his association with the Department in 1975 when he started his professional career as a research economist with the USDA‘s Economic Research Service and an adjunct faculty member.  His work included major studies in food retail procurement, fruit and vegetable subsector analyses and economic analyses of the US beef subsector for the Federal Trade Commission and the Packers and Stockyards Administration.  

In 1984, Dr. Hamm joined the Department as an Assistant Professor serving as an Extension Specialist with marketing research and teaching assignments in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE).  Dr. Hamm specialized in dairy industry marketing and policy and agricultural cooperatives.  His extension work received the highest professional awards of the American Agricultural Economics Association and Michigan State University Extension.  He channeled his expertise in industry organizations to the dairy and food processing industries, and continued to provide that service while he served as Department Chairperson from 1992-2002.

After stepping down as chair in 2002, he took on the primary leadership role for the Food Industry Management major in AFRE and reinvented himself to become one of the Department’s best undergraduate teachers.  He broke new ground by incorporating information technology and social networking into his instructional scholarship, reflecting well on his years as an innovative Extension professional.  Throughout his career, Professor Hamm was steadfast in championing the values and mission of the Land Grant University system.

 Professional Interests

• Implications of digital information on the organization and control of institutions
• Global food system institutional political economics
• Dairy and food system marketing policy
• Evaluation of changing roles for group marketing activities (cooperatives, marketing
  orders, generic advertising, etc.) of producers