About Bill Wilson

Dr. William W. Wilson received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1980. Since then he has been a Professor at North Dakota State University in Agribusiness and Applied Economics with periodic sabbaticals at Stanford University. Recently, he was named as a University Distinguished Professor at NDSU which an honorary position is, and a great achievement.  And, in 2016 he was named the CHS Chair in Risk Management and Trading at NDSU which is an endowed position. In 2017 he was awarded the AAEA 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award (Chicago July 2017)

His focus is risk and strategy as applied to agriculture and agribusiness with a particular focus on agtechnology development and commercialization, procurement, transportation and logistics, international marketing and competition. He teaches classes in Commodity Trading, Risk and AgriBusiness Strategy and has taught his Risk Class at Purdue University; and is a visiting scholar at Melbourne University where he visits 2 times/year and advises PhD students in risk and agbiotechnology. Finally, he has now created the NDSU Commodity Trading Room which is a state of art facility for teaching and research in commodity marketing, logistics and trading.

He routinely has projects and/or overseas clients and travels internationally 1 week per month.  He led a project for the United States on privatization of the grain marketing system in Russia in the early 1990’s. He currently has projects and/or clients in US, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Argentina and Australia. He regularly advises a number of large Agribusiness firms, several major railroads, and several major food and beverage companies and/or governments in other countries. He served as a Board member of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange for 12 years, on the FGIS Advisory Board, and currently serves as a Board member of several regional firms in agtechnology and venture capital (AMITY, BUSHEL), in addition to NCH Capital (New York City which is one of the largest investors in world agriculture).

He regularly consults with major agribusiness firms on topics related to above and has worked extensively in the following industries: agtechnology,  logistics, procurement strategy, railroads, barges, ocean shipping, elevators (shuttle development), and processed products (malting and beer, durum and pasta, wheat and bread).

He was recognized as one of the top 10 Agricultural Economists in 1995 and more recently as one of the top 1% of agricultural economists by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics). Finally, he has students who are in senior positions in a number of the large agribusinesses including commodity companies, railroads and food and beverage companies.

  • Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba, 1980
  • B.A. Economics, North Dakota State University, 1975
  • Sabbatical, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, Food Research Institute, 1987-88
Work Experience
  • CHS Endowed Chair in Risk Management and Trading,  Awarded March 2016
  • University Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, North Dakota State University Responsibilities:  Teaching and Research in Agricultural Commodity and Risk Strategy
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University.  2003, 2004.  Responsibilities: Teaching a course in their eMBA program titled Risk Analysis and Management
Research and Teaching Awards
  • Eugene R. Dahl Excellence in Research Award, 2015
  • Peltier Award for distinguished record as researcher and educator.  NDSU Celebration of Faculty Excellence, 2015. 
  • 5th Annual Kraft lecturer (honorary presentation), University of Manitoba. October 30, 2013.
  • H. Roald and Janet Lund Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011.
  • University Distinguished Professor, October 2007.
  • Outstanding Journal Article Award by the Western Agricultural Economics Association, for “Competition and Policy Conflicts in Canada-U.S. Barley Trade,” in the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, joint with D. Demcey Johnson, July 30, 1996.
  • Recognized as:
       1) one of the top 1% of agricultural economists by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) ; and
       2) one of the “Top Ten” agricultural economists in an unscientific survey by AgWeek,  as important resources for policy makers August 14, 1995.
  • Henry Schapper Fellowship by the University of Western Australia, Perth (May 2000).
  • Research Fellow, Trade Research Center, Montana State University, 1996/97.
  • Australian Wheat Board Address, Invited, “Decentralization of Grain Trading:  Trends, Implications  and Challenges,” to the 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural Economics  Association, Perth, Western Australia, February 14, 1995.
  • Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award, 1987.
  • 2006 Eugene R. Dahl Excellence in Research Award, Senior Career, nominated by Department.
  • 1998Eugene R. Dahl Excellence in Research Award, Awarded to the top senior faculty for their research contributions during their career in the NDSU, Agricultural Experiment Station.  Received February 22, 1999.
  • Commendation for Excellence, Eugene R. Dahl, Excellence in Research Award, Senior Career, 1996-98.
  • Certificate of Commendation.  “Excellence in Research:  Senior Faculty, 1991,” North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, March 31, 1992.

Dynamic Interrelationships in Hard Wheat Basis Markets William W. Wilson and Dragan Miljkovic Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 61 (2013) 397–416 DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7976.2012.01262.x

Wilson, William and Bruce Dahl,  2013.  “Contracting for Canola in the Great Plains States”,  Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 00 (2013) 1–18; DOI: 10.1111/cjag.12017.

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