Ronald Plain is D. Howard Doane Professor and is Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He serves as program leader for extension within the department and has been a faculty member at MU since 1981. Ron received his B.S. and Masters degrees in Agricultural Education from the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University. His areas of expertise include livestock marketing, farm business management, and swine production.
Ron grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near El Dorado Springs, Missouri. He taught vocational agriculture for three years at Odessa, Missouri, before returning to graduate school. Dr. Plain is married and has three children.