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Arbindra Rimal - Missouri State University. Springfield, MO, US

Arbindra Rimal Arbindra Rimal

Professor, Agriculture | Missouri State University

Springfield, MO, UNITED STATES

Dr. Rimal's research interest is in applying economic theory in the food industry from both production and consumption perspectives






Maroon Minute: Dr. Arbindra Rimal




Dr. Arbindra Rimal is Interim Head of the Agribusiness, Agricultural Education and Communications Department in the College of Agriculture and Professor of Agriculture at Missouri State University. His areas of expertise include marketing of agricultural products, sustainable agriculture, agribusiness management, agricultural economics and economic impact analysis.

In recent years, his research has been focused on the area of locally grown produce. To date, Dr. Rimal has published more than 30 refereed papers in several well-known academic journals.

Industry Expertise (4)

Agriculture and Farming Advertising/Marketing Research Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (5)

Marketing of Agricultural Products Sustainable Agriculture Agribusiness Management Agricultural Economics Economic Impact Analysis

Accomplishments (7)

Award for Teaching Excellence (professional)

Missouri State University, Darr College of Agriculture

University Award for Research Excellence

Missouri State University

Distinguished Professional Contribution Award (professional)

Southern Agricultural Economics Association:
first place in selected poster competition

Distinguished Professional Contribution Award (professional)

Southern Agricultural Economics Association:
first place in selected poster competition

Award for Research Excellence (professional)

Southwest Missouri State University, College of Natural and Applied Sciences

Food Distribution Research Society Presidential Award (professional)

Excellence in Research and Communication:
in recognition for outstanding published article

American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Cross-commodity Publication Award (professional)


Education (2)

University of Florida,: Ph.D., Food and Resource Economics 1999

Rutgers University: M.S., Agricultural Economics 1994

Media Appearances (2)

Study finds Ozark Empire Fairgrounds has $30M impact

Springfield Business Journal  print


Missouri State University Darr College of Agriculture professor and department head Arbindra Rimal conducted a study to calculate the economic impact of the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center.

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CEO Roundtable: Agriculture Workforce Development

Springfield Business Journal  print


These CEOs are growing the agriculture leaders of tomorrow. Springfield Business Journal Editorial Director Eric Olson talked with Missouri State University Agribusiness, Ag Education and Ag Communications Department head Arbindra Rimal; Ozarks Technical Community College Agriculture and Construction Department Chairman Robert Flatness; and University of Missouri Extension Taney County 4-H Youth Specialist Willa Williams about agriculture workforce development.

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Event Appearances (5)

Locally produced food: Institutional vs. intermediated buyers

International Food and Agriculture Management Association 26th Annual World Conference (IFAMA) 2016  Aarhus, Denmark

Food Security through Linking Resources to Enhance Undergraduate Education: Strategic Partnership among Five Universities in Missouri

Non-Land-Grant Agriculture and Renewable Resources Universities (NARRU) and Natioanl Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Conference 2015  Kansas City, Missouri

Purchasing Locally Produced Fresh Vegetables: National Franchise vs. Locally Owned and Operated Restaurants

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) & Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Joint Annual Meeting 2011  Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Farmers Markets: Market Attributes, Market Managers and Other Factors Determining Success

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting 2010  Denver, Colorado

Self efficacy as a mediator of the relationship between dietary knowledge and behavior

Southern Agricultural Economics Association Meeting (SAEA) 2009  Atlanta, Georgia

Research Grants (5)

Feasibility Study of a Food Hub in Southcentral Missouri

United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Program $49,000

Principal Investigator

Food Security through Linking Resources to Enhance Undergraduate Education: Strategic Partnership Among Five Universities in Missouri

National Institute of Food and Agriculture $569,890

Principal Investigator

The Missouri Higher Education Partnership Relevance/Capacity Building

National Institute of Food and Agriculture $10,326

Principal Investigator

Feasibility and Business Plan for a Dairy Processing Unit in Mountain Grove

United States Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture $65000


Renewable Energy - Food Feasibility Study

Missouri Department of Natural Resources $9,000


Articles (6)

Purchasing Locally Produced Fresh Vegetables: National Franchise vs. Locally Owned and Operated Restaurants Journal of Food Distribution Research


The objective of this study is to examine purchasing practices of restaurants and food service institutions in relation to locally produced fresh vegetables. The sample for the study included managers of seventy-five restaurants and dining centers out of a total of nearly 600 food service outlets in a mid-size metropolitan city in Midwest region of the United States with a population
of about 400,000.

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Brand Affiliation in Promoting Locally Produced Food: A Case of University Promoted Beef Journal of Food Distribution Research


Many universities are now marketing agricultural products including beef and dairy. The objective of the study was to examine the role of university brand affiliation in promoting locally produced food, particularly grass-fed beef.

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Self Efficacy as a Mediator of the Relationship between Dietary Knowledge and Behavior Journal of Food Distribution Research


Translating the dietary knowledge among individuals into healthy behavior remains a challenging task. This study examines the causal relationship between dietary knowledge and behavior by including self-efficacy in the models.

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Health claims and consumers' behavioral intentions: The case of soy-based food Food Policy


This research evaluates the impact of two soy-specific health claims (highlighting FDA approval along with scientific results and simply describing scientific results) on stated behavioral intentions toward soy-based food using a survey administered by Ipsos-Observer to a nationally representative web panel in the summer of 2007.

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The impact of socio-economic factors on political instability: A cross-country analysis Journal of Socio-Economics


We argue that political instability is a good indicator of disturbances in development. Moreover we argue that the causality between the political instability and the economic growth is often mistaken to run from instability to growth.

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Soyfood consumption: Effects of perceived product attributes and the food and drug administration allowed health claims British Food Journal


There are two main objectives of this paper. The first is to analyze household consumption pattern of soyfood products. The second is to investigate effect of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed health claims on consumption of soyfoods.

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