University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Applied Economics

Ryan Pesch

Ryan Pesch Extension Educator
Community Economics

Phone: 218-998-5794 or 888-241-0843

UM Extension Regional Center - Fergus Falls
220 West Washington Avenue
Suite 201
Fergus Fall, MN 56537

Counties Served:

Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin

Special Projects:

Team Leader, Public Finance Programming


Work Experience:

Ryan has developed and delivered Extension Community Economics programming in northwest and west central Minnesota since 2004. In that capacity, he has delivered business retention and expansion programming, retail trade analysis and small stores success workshops. He has also developed public finance programming with Department of Applied Economics faculty, and adapted the Access ECommerce program to the needs of direct farm marketers. Before coming to Extension, Ryan taught at the elementary and post-secondary level in West St. Paul and in Trabzon, Turkey. At the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Ryan researched case studies of rural knowledge and industry clusters, and researched and hosted regional planning meetings for economic development planning coming from the West Central Initiative. In addition to experience in teaching and rural development, Ryan has experience in sustainable agriculture as an intern, an independent farmer/ business owner and a grocer.


Community Development and Vitality

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