Deacue Fields

October 06, 2021

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Deacue Fields, Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics, 2002


Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics, 2002

Current Position

Dean and Senior Associate Vice President, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences


Deacue Fields is a native of Winnsboro, Louisiana. He has served as Dean and Senior Associate Vice President for the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.  

Prior to the U of A, Dr. Fields was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University from 2002 to 2018, and he served as Chair of the Department from 2013 to 2018.  As an administrator, he has been successful at establishing multidisciplinary collaborations to attract extramural funds and building relationships with alumni and industry stakeholders to enhance the student experience.

Dr. Fields received his B.S. from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, his M.S. from University Missouri – Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, all in Agricultural Economics. In his spare time he enjoys traveling with family, youth sports, showing livestock and American Quarter Horses. He and his wife Dana have three sons Caleb (18), Cade (16), and Collin (13).

Job Responsibilities:

Provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership to the College reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Report to the Vice President for Agriculture and work with the Associate Vice Presidents for Research and for Extension to address the agricultural and rural community issues in Arkansas.
Provide a vision for the College that helps to increase national and international prominence.
Interact with stakeholders to secure the external resources necessary to accomplish the college’s goals.
Oversee efforts for student recruitment, innovative and relevant learning platforms, and career preparation for students.

Favorite LSU Memory:

Graduate student gatherings and Thursday oysters at the Chimes.

What advice do you have for current and prospective LSU Agriculture students?

I would tell current and prospective students to make the most of their student experience.  More specifically, I would advise students to:

  1. Get active and involved in activities in the College of Agriculture
  2. Try an educational experience that takes them out of their comfort zone (i.e., study abroad)
  3. Participate in an internship program to gain experience and evaluate career paths.
  4. Network with faculty and students and meet new people who are not like them to help broaden their perspective.

Awards and Honors:

  • Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) Distinguished Service Award. 2018.
  • Council on Food Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) Board of Directors – 2016-2019.
  • President – Southern Agricultural Economics Association. 2018–2020.
  • Outstanding Academic Alumnus Award, Louisiana State University – Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. 2014.
  • Achievement Award – National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). 2013.
  • Distinguished Leadership Award –  Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). 2010.
  • Outstanding Advisor Award – Auburn University College of Agriculture, Agricultural Council. 2010.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Hanover Homecoming Foundation, Business Forum, Hanover, Jamaica. 2008.
  • Top Ten Most Read Article of 2008. HortTechnology Journal. 2008.
  • Faculty Honoree,  Auburn University Camp War Eagle. 2006
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award.  Auburn University Student Government Association. 2005.