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Since September 2018, Dr. Sarah A. Low has served as an associate professor of regional economics and has held the Fred V. Heinkel Chair in Agriculture within the Division of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Missouri. She also directs MU Extension’s Exceed – Regional Economic and Entrepreneurial Development program.

Today, her research focuses on rural entrepreneurship and innovation, food manufacturing establishment dynamics, the relationship between financial capital availability and rural firm survival, and the impact of broadband access on rural economic development.

Before she began her career in academia, Sarah spent 10 years at USDA’s Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C., and she served a six-month detail with the Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Secretary. Earlier, Sarah worked at the Center for the Study of Rural America at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

She holds a PhD in agricultural and consumer economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an MS in agricultural economics from Purdue, and a BS in public service and administration in agriculture from Iowa State.

Download her CV to learn more about her current and past work.