Dr. Craig M. Smith
Department of Agriculture
218A Albertson Hall
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Voice: (785) 628-4368
Craig M. Smith grew up in south-central Kansas, near Haven, and spent much of his time with sports, farming, and construction. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Technology Management (2003), an M.S. in Agricultural Economics (2004), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (2011) - all from Kansas State University. During the time period between finishing his Master’s and beginning work on his Ph.D., Craig worked as an Agricultural and Natural Resource Engineering Specialist in northwest Missouri for MU Extension and as an Extension Water Resource Economist for K-State.
Craig joined the Agriculture Department at Fort Hays State University in August 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Business. He has taught the following courses at FHSU: Introduction to Agribusiness, Marketing Farm Products, Technology in Agriculture, Computer Applications in Agriculture, Advanced Farm Management, Commodity Marketing, Agriculture Finance, Agricultural Resource Valuation (rural appraising), Agribusiness Firms Management and Marketing (senior capstone course), and Current Issues and Ideas in Economics (an online Economics course). Craig serves as a co-advisor to the Agribusiness Club at FHSU.
Much of Craig’s research activities and interests are related to the economics of precision agricultural technologies, farm machinery economics, and analyzing water resource issues (both quality and quantity) from an economic perspective.
Outside of work, Craig enjoys spending time with his wife (Cari) and four young children (Jett, Colt, Shaylen, and Remy), working on farm/construction projects, sports, and being involved in their church. He recently received his private pilot certificate, so time and money allowing, he hopes to take to the skies on occasion!