Trent Preszler

Trent Preszler

  • Professor of Practice

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Faculty Expertise

  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Trent Preszler teaches five courses in Dyson’s Grand Challenges Program. His research and teaching are focused on sustainable business practices within the agriculture and forestry sectors, plus diversity and equity in the outdoor recreation economy. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CBS Sunday Morning.

Before joining the Cornell faculty, Preszler was (for 20 years) CEO of the Long Island winery, Bedell Cellars. During that time, he also served as Chairman of the Board for both the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and Wine America, the national association of American wineries.

After growing up on a cattle ranch on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Preszler’s first job out of college was a White House internship for President Bill Clinton. His memoir, LITTLE AND OFTEN, hit #1 on the Amazon Books best sellers list and was A Best Book of 2021 in USA Today. A documentary about Preszler’s life won the 2017 New York Emmy Award for Best Lifestyle Feature.

Recent Courses

  • AEM 1101 - Design Your Dyson
  • AEM 2815 - Forest Bioeconomy
  • AEM 4000 - Grand Challenges Project
  • AEM 3600 - Impact Learning: Field Study Prep Experience
  • AEM 4940 - Undergraduate Special Topics in Applied Economics and Management

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Cornell University, 2012
  • MS Cornell University, 2002
  • Post-Graduate Diploma University of Edinburgh, 1999
  • BS Iowa State University, 1998