Scott M. Swinton

Scott  Swinton
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics
  • 308 Morrill Hall of Agriculture
  • 446 W. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing MI 48824-1039
  • 517-353-7218



Scott Swinton is a tenured professor of agricultural and environmental economics.  He teaches undergraduate managerial economics and graduate research design and writing.  He is Past President of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and serves on its Executive Committee during 2016-19. His economic research looks at agriculture as a managed ecosystem, focusing on management and policy analysis for enhanced ecosystem services. He concentrates on problems involving crop pest, pollination, and nutrient management; precision agriculture; resource conservation; bioenergy crop production; and management of risks to human health and income. Besides his work on U.S. farming, he has extensive experience with agricultural and natural resource management in Latin America and Africa.  MSU granted him its William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty award in 2015. 


  • Design of incentives to induce adoption of environmentally beneficial farming technologies
  • Valuation of ecosystem services linked to agriculture
  • Design of sustainable bioenergy production systems
  • Formulation of compelling research arguments