Dr. Torres’ research focuses on the decision-making processes of specialty crop farmers along with customers’ perceptions and preferences. Her expertise includes the economic modeling of adoption of new technologies, the development of decision-making tools for specialty crop growers, and the economic impact of growers decision-making processes. Her research provides relevant research-based information to her extension program, Horticulture Business (www.hort.purdue.edu/hortbusiness) to provide trainings and publications to farmers, business owners, Extension personnel, and policymakers.
Dr. Torres’ program has produced: 1 book chapter, 12 refereed journal articles (research based), and 5 articles in progress. Her findings have reached extension outlets via 15 peer-reviewed articles (extension based), 9 trade press articles, 8 newsletter articles, and 4 publications in progress. Torres also delivers her expertise via interviews to trade magazines and other media such as NPR, UrbanAgNews.com, Chicago Tribune, NY Food and Policy Center, and Marketing Munchies podcast.