About Cheryl Wachenheim

Cheryl Wachenheim is a Professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. She holds an undergraduate degree in animal sciences from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s and doctorate in Agricultural Economics and an MBA from Michigan State University. She began her academic career at Illinois State University in Central Illinois and has been on the faculty at NDSU since 1998.  She regularly teaches classes in economics, agricultural sales, agricultural finance, agricultural marketing, and strategic marketing and management.  Research interests focus on eliciting perceptions and valuations from consumers, firms, students and other stakeholders and decision makers.  Analysis then allows for identification of high-value marketing and management strategies.  Cheryl has been a member of the MN Army National Guard since 1998. She is currently the Commander of the 204th Area Medical Support Company in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.



  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. Farm Management. August 1994
  • M.B.A. Materials and Logistics Management. December 1992
  • M.S. in Agricultural Economics. June 1991


  • B.S. in Animal Science; Minor in Agricultural and Applied Economics. July 1988
Academic Experience

AUGUST, 2015 TO JULY, 2016
Visiting Distinguished Chair Fulbright Lecturer, School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Mingde Main Building, No. 59 Zhongguancun Street, Haidian District, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872.

Professor (as of July, 2010), Associate Professor (as of July, 2003) and previously Assistant Professor, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo. Appointment: 60 percent research; 40 percent teaching.

Latest Publications

Qin, Ming, Wensheng Lin, Jing Li, Zhou Yu, and Cheryl Wachenheim. Impact of Land Registration and Certification on Land Rental by Chinese Farmers. Land Use Policy 99 104875. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104875

Chen, Qianmiao, Wachenheim, Cheryl, and Zheng, Shi. 2020. Influence of Land Scale, Cooperative Membership and Benefits Information on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Adoption in China. Sustainable Futures 2(100025), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sftr.2020.100025.     

Hansen, E. and C. Wachenheim (cooresponding author). 2020. Industry Expectations for Beginning Agricultural Lenders. Agricultural Finance Review (in press). doi: 10.1108/AFR-07-2019-0081.

Junxuan Mao, Qianyu Zhu, Cheryl J. Wachenheim (corresponding author) and Erik Hanson. 2020. A Credit Scoring Model for Lending Decisions in Rural China. International Journal of Agricultural Management (in press).

Wachenheim, Cheryl. 2020. The Ethical Choice: Confronting Ethical Dilemmas with Industry Participants in a Curriculum. Applied Economics Teaching Resources 2(1), pp. 26-31. doi: 10.22004/ag.econ.301863

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