Outstanding M.S. Thesis Award

Gabriella Sorg was the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding M.S. thesis award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The objective of her thesis, entitled “Dairy Confined Animal Feeding Permits on Public Notice as a Leading Indicator of Milk Supply,” was to test whether data on the number of cows being permitted through the CAFO process can improve milk production forecast accuracy. Her research suggests that CAFO permits on public notice do have some future predictive power, though the economic significance of this variable did not match that of milk margin above feed costs.

Gabriella grew up on a fifth-generation dairy farm near Hastings, Minnesota with many University of Minnesota alumni in her family tree. She is currently working for Compeer Financial in Lakeville, Minnesota.