Ralph E. Hepp
Ph.D., 1965. University of Wisconsin
M.S., 1962. University of Wisconsin
B.S., 1960. University of Wisconsin
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University
Okemos, Michigan -firstname.lastname@example.org
Hepp Biographical Information (Scroll down to view)
Hepp Online Resources
- List of advisees and respective theses/dissertations topics
- Ralph Hepp legacy cv
- Selected publications, many downloadable
Other Notable Downloadable Publications/Presentations
Comparison of Michigan Farmland Returns to Nonfarm Investments. 1996. by Ralph E. Hepp. MSU Staff Paper 96-93
- Targeting Extension Management and Marketing Programs. 1993. Choices, First Quarter. by the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee, including Ralph E. Hepp.
- Information Needs and Sources for Michigan Small Farm Operators. 1980. by Ralph E. Hepp and Thomas M. Olson. AER Report No. 372. MSU/AEC
- 1979. by Ralph E. Hepp and Victoria Shade. Michigan State University Extension Service Bulletin E 1258. .
Small Farms in US Agriculture. 1979. by Ralph E. Hepp
- Description and Analysis of Michigan Small Farms. 1976. by Ronald L. Thompson and Ralph E. Hepp
- Kellogg Farmers Study Program - Final Report. 1976.
- Ralph Hepp - List of Scanned and Downloadable Historical MSU Extension Bulletins
Photos of Professor Hepp at Work
- Professor Hepp and other MSU colleagues leading the Kellogg Farmers Study Program - 1976
Ralph E. Hepp, Professor Emeritus and Extension Specialist, taught farm management courses in the Department’s two-year Agricultural Technology and undergraduate Agribusiness programs. He also taught farm management courses to Michigan farm and agribusiness groups, conducted research on financial management problems, and consulted with family farmers on financial management and business succession and transfer issues. For almost fifty years, Professor Hepp was an advocate for family farmers by conducting educational programs for family business operators. The search for improvement in business decisions, evaluation of alternatives, and implementation of ideas made a difference in the personal and business lives of many family farmers in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Dr. Hepp earned his M.S. and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin in Agricultural Economics and worked in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin on agricultural finance educational programs.
At Michigan State University, Dr. Hepp assisted in organizing and implementing special study and travel programs in agricultural leadership. He worked with the Kellogg Farmers Study Program and the Michigan Agricultural Leadership Program, employment training tor farmers experiencing financial stress, the Jobs Training Partnership Act, business restructuring for farmers with cash flow problems, Emergency Management Assistance Teams, and innovations in Extension staff professional improvement, Quest for Quality. The agricultural leadership and training programs have been an investment in rural citizens’ professional improvement and leadership capacity to deal with opportunities in rural communities.
Dr. Hepp has received the John A Hannah Award for Extension Program Excellence, and Extension program leadership, team, and outstanding Specialist awards. He received the Alpha Zeta Award for leadership from the local Kedzie Chapter.
Following retirement, Ralph worked on the Board of Directors of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, on committees at St. John’s Student Parish and on activities for other community organizations.