Lawrence A. Burt was a professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Extension Economist at Oregon State University from 1979 until his retirement in 2009. During this time, he was Associate Educational Director (1984-1994) and Educational Director (1994-2002) for the Western Agricultural Banking School. Burt taught undergraduate and graduate courses in agribusiness management, agricultural marketing, farm management, and agricultural finance and administered the department's internship program. As Extension Economist he provided oversight for the management and dissemination of economic information pertaining to commercial agricultural commodities through the Oregon Agricultural Information Network (OAIN). Other extension activities included marketing management education for clientele in agricultural and related businesses. Burt participated in the development and programming of the Pacific Northwest Farm Direct Marketing Association. He also worked with colleagues at Oregon State, the University of Idaho, and Washington State University to conduct an annual week-long educational session for agricultural lenders. This was known initially as the Northwest Agricultural Credit School (NACS), then the Western Agricultural Credit School, and most recently as the Western Agricultural Banking School. Burt also participated in preparing educational information and programming related to forming or revitalizing agricultural cooperatives.
Burt earned his BS in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University in Pomona in 1973 and his MA (1976) and PhD (1979) degrees from Washington State University, specializing in farm management, agricultural finance, and marketing.
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