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Advancing Economics, Transforming Lives

Summer 2013
In This Issue
From the Chairperson
2013 Farm Bill Debate
Green Power at MSU?
West African Native Returns Home to Field Questions
AFRE Faculty and Staff News
AFRE Alumni News
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Ag hall . small From the Chairperson

Since the 1960s, the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) has worked in many of the world's poorest countries in an effort to increase incomes and improve nutrition. The work of our faculty members, students and alumni has played a key role in establishing MSU as the world leader in international agricultural development.  Because of the importance of international programming to both the AFRE and Michigan State University), I have agreed to serve as the interim dean of International Studies and Programs beginning Sept.12. We expect to have a new permanent dean in place by spring. Until then, Lindy Robison has agreed to serve as a second associate chair along with Scott Swinton, who currently serves as both associate chair and director of graduate programs. They are a seasoned ... Read more here.


Steve Hanson

Department Chair

Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics  

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2013 Farm Bill Debate   


The 2013 Farm Bill appears stuck in a logjam with no means of breaking loose. Understanding where the process is likely to move from here requires understanding both the bill's content and the broader political context in which it is being written. Read more here.

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Green Power at MSU? AFRE Students Analyze and Answer 


Could a wind farm be built on the campus of Michigan State University? How about a solar array encompassing hundreds of acres, or even a small-scale nuclear reactor that could provide clean power to the sprawling campus? Each of these options may be feasible in ... Read more here

Ag hall . small West African Native Returns Home to Field Questions 


As a young woman growing up in Cote d'Ivoire, Ramziath Adjao, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE), often visualized herself on a career path in international development.

She packed her bags for East Lansing, worked her way through a bachelor's degree in agribusiness management with a specialization in crop and soil sciences, a master's degree and a full set of completed Ph.D. Read more here.    

AFRE Faculty and Staff News    


The section contains updates on faculty  promotions, transitions and awards as well as student awards and honors. Read more here.

AFRE Alumni News 




James W. Lloyd (Ph.D., 1989), after over two decades as an AFRE faculty member and a decade as associate dean in the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was named dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine  (http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130501/ARTICLES/130509932).


2010s  Read more here.



Ag hall . small James T. Bonnen, MSU professor emeritus of agricultural economics, passed away July 28, 2013, at age 87. Born in Brookings, S.D., on March 11, 1926, Bonnen received his primary and secondary education in College Station, Texas. He earned a B.A. in economics from Texas A&M University, an M.A. in economics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. Read more here.



Advancing Economics, Transforming Lives is the quarterly newsletter of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Re
source Economics at Michigan State University

Editor:Scott M. Swinton
Mark J. Meyer 
Christine Meyer 
Assistant Editor: Debbie Conway
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