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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.

Currently, she is director for the Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center (RaFF). Her research emphasizes how to support and facilitate rural economic development. She studies rural entrepreneurship as a strategy to grow economies and understanding and analyzing how farms and rural businesses contribute financially to their regional economies. She prioritizes policy-relevant issues and adds to the dialogue about how to form effective policy for rural America. Current research topics include the relationship between financial capital availability and rural firm survival, the impact of broadband access on rural economic development and the rural prime age mortality disadvantage.

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 from Iowa State.