Friday, April 12, 2018 – Reynolds Alumni Center

2017 J.W. Burch State Specialist: Ryan Milhollin

Ryan Milhollin

Ryan Milhollin has served the University of Missouri and stakeholders throughout Missouri for the past 14 years after receiving two degrees from MU — in agricultural economics and business administration.  

Milhollin has numerous areas of expertise, including business planning and management, finance, risk management, and environmental regulations. He works with producers, industry associations, government agencies, input suppliers and agribusinesses to share that wealth of knowledge and information.

Milhollin has also secured grant funding to help develop educational programs and curriculum. He recently helped organize a study abroad trip to Argentina, which included representatives from the Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council. Milhollin has authored feasibility studies, guide sheets and reports for numerous industries, including biofuel, livestock and crop.

“Ryan is a true service-centered faculty member. He is a true believer that his role as a faculty member is to support the field faculty by developing much needed curriculum, conducting training, and making high quality presentations at the local, state and regional levels,” said David Baker, emeritus assistant dean, agriculture and natural resources extension. “He has played a major role on more than 33 economic impact studies in the last 14 years, on topics ranging from branded soybeans, pasture based dairy, dog breeding to composting. He was involved on these projects because of his technical expertise, strong work ethics and principles-focused service to do non-bias research that answers hard questions or directs key policy development.”


Throughout Missouri, Ryan is regarded as an expert in business planning and management, finance, risk management and environmental regulations due to his extension work. In my current role, I spend much time interacting with constituents within MU, state and federal governments and industry. From those interactions, it’s clear that Ryan’s work has effectively supported Missouri agriculture and farmers.

Joe Parcell, interim director, Division of Applied Social Sciences