Cory Walters

Cory Walters

Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics


University of Nebraska—Lincoln

Lincoln, NE USA


Everyone has weaknesses. When you think that you don’t, then you’ve exposed your true weakness.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up on a grain farm in Montana growing wheat, canola, barley, and peas—was always warned by his father not to go into the agricultural industry.
Worked for a summer at an aluminum plant, but he hated it—credits this experience with helping him understand how to decide what works best for him and what risks he was willing to take.
Attended Montana State University, where he started as a computer science major, but quickly realized that his failing grades meant he should be doing something else.
Unsure what step to take next, he took a random class in Arabic, which led to him spending time traveling Morocco, Egypt, and Syria.
After meeting with faculty members, he decided to ignore his father’s advice and ultimately earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business.
Says he began to get interested in economics because of its “rigorous framework designed to help you make decisions.”
Decided to go back to school to receive his master’s degree in agricultural economics and his Ph.D. in economics from Washington State University.
Now teaches in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, focusing on farm income risk management and policy-important areas of federal crop insurance.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Montana State University-Bozeman
graduate
Graduate
Agricultural Economics
Washington State University
doctorate
Doctorate
Economics, General
Washington State University
Career

Career

Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

I focus my teaching on management issues facing Nebraska crop producers.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Numbers
Numbers
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I spend the majority of my day reading, staring at my computer writing, drinking coffee (while thinking), thinking, more reading, then some more writing.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication skills. I always feel that using your common sense goes a long way.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get to know your faculty and use them to gain insight into the profession and build contacts.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
graduate
Graduate
Agricultural Economics
doctorate
Doctorate
Economics, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Don't go into farming."

My father always warned me not to go into the agricultural industry for various reasons and, to start out with, I listened to him. After exploring different subjects and not finding my fit, I went into agricultural economics because of the opportunities that the industry could offer me. My dad was thinking about the industry from a different perspective and I had to explore beyond that.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I had to borrow a lot of money and worked a lot while in school.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

I tried not to let the past influence my goals, so I largely ignored the trouble this caused.