Jennifer Ifft

Jennifer Ifft

Assistant Professor

Mueller Family Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in Agribusiness and Farm Management

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Faculty Area

Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Farm and Agribusiness Management
  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Real Estate
  • Crop Insurance


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
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Jennifer Ifft is an Assistant Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. She has research and extension responsibilities in farm and agribusiness management. Her research covers farmland markets, risk management and farm labor issues, with a focus on how government policies and regulations affect farm viability and decision-making. Her extension programs focuses on performance of the Federal crop insurance program and increasing the resilience of U.S. and New York farm operations to policy and regulatory changes. Before Cornell, she worked in the Farm Economy Branch of the USDA Economic Research Service. She has a PhD from the University of California - Berkeley, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up on her family’s farm in central Illinois.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Gates Cambridge Scholar (2003)
  • Outstanding Paper (2016) Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence
  • Outstanding Choices Article Award (2012) The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Recent Courses

  • AEM 9900 - Doctoral-Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 7900 - Graduate-Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 8900 - Master's Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 6990 - M.P.S. Research

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D University of California Berkeley, 2011
  • M.Phil University of Cambridge, 2003
  • BS University of Illinois, 2002

In the news

March 10, 2017
The Ongoing Debate over Farmland Taxation