Texas Tech University

Clay M. Braden

Graduate Research Assistant
M.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics

Email: clay.braden@ttu.edu

My name is Clay Braden and I am originally from Wall, TX. Growing up on a family farm that primarily raised cotton, I have been exposed to agriculture my whole life and wanted to continue to pursue that passion at Texas Tech University. I completed my undergraduate degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics in May 2019 and immediately began work on a master's degree in June 2019. My research focuses on the profitability impacts of different cropping systems used on the Southern High Plains of Texas. Due to increasing input costs coupled with stagnant or declining market conditions, producers are being pushed to employ more profitable and sustainable practices. Crop rotation, cover crops, and reduced tillage and gaining momentum on the SHPT as farmers look for ways to decrease input cost and conserve water. By utilizing partial budgets, I hope to uncover solutions for producers to help them be more profitable and sustainable in the long run. 


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Research Interests

Profitability impacts of cropping systems on the Southern High Plains of Texas.

Previous Degrees

B.S. Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University
Animal Science Minor, Texas Tech University

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

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    Texas Tech University, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
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