Colorado State University
Gregory D. Graff is a professor of the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, at Colorado State University. Raised in Cincinnati Ohio, in a family that had four generations in the food and oils business of Procter & Gamble, he internalized the principles of science-based innovation with a strong consumer focus. Dr. Graff’s work today looks at the economics and public policy of technological innovation and entrepreneurship broadly in the agricultural and food industries globally. He writes about intellectual property rights, technology transfer, venture capital, startups, and other aspects of innovation up and down the agricultural value chain, with a particular expertise on innovation in agricultural genetics and biotechnology. He is widely published in the economics literature, as well as in leading scientific journals such as Science and Nature Biotechnology. At CSU, Dr. Graff teaches courses on the global agricultural and food system, on agricultural policy, on entrepreneurship, and on the economics of technological change and productivity improvements in agriculture. Dr. Graff received his Bachelors in Biological Sciences from Cornell University in 1992, a Masters from Ohio State University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of California Berkeley in 2002. Dr. Graff and his family own and operate Laughing Buck Farm on the outskirts of Fort Collins, Colorado.