Agribusiness Department

College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

Professor Jay Noel Retires after 26 years at Cal Poly

This year the Agribusiness Department says farewell to another distinguished and beloved Cal Poly professor. Dr. Jay Noel earned a doctorate degree in agricultural economics in 1979 from the University of California, Davis. He has worked as a natural resource and agricultural economics consultant, the chief operating officer for a California rice marketing cooperative and served as a professor and chair of the Cal Poly Agribusiness Department. He is also a past director of the California Institute for the Study of Specialty Crops at Cal Poly.

Noel taught courses in quantitative methods, agricultural cooperative management, agricultural policy, agricultural policy, agricultural economics, agricultural marketing, and research methodology.  His research efforts recently focused on the impact that market, economic, and public policies issues have on the California and U.S. agricultural specialty crop sector, food supply risk management issues, financial management, and regulatory policy analysis. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, research reports, and presented at conferences and workshops. His research efforts have been used by agribusiness firms, California agricultural commodity groups and government policies officials in evaluating a number of differing California food industry issues.

He looks forward to enjoying retirement with his wife and family. He will be greatly missed at the Agribusiness Department. We thank you for your many distinguished years of service!

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