Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Research Highlight Video Addresses Watershed Plan

We’ve launched a new research highlight on the K-State Ag Econ YouTube Channel!

Josh Roe and Robert Wilson discuss the keys to success in developing the Tuttle Creek Watershed Plan, which was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency this fall as one of the nation’s best. The plan was developed by staff from the Office of Local Government in K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics.

The plan addresses watershed issues for the Lower Big Blue and Lower Little Blue Rivers, a transboundary watershed in northern Kansas and southern Nebraska. The watershed drains into Tuttle Creek Lake, a flood control reservoir near Manhattan, Kan. The lake is impaired by phosphorus, total suspended solids and atrazine.

In their August 2011 report, the EPA commended the plan, stating, “Overall, the Lower Big Blue/Lower Little Blue River plan was one of the best reviewed, and it provides an excellent example of how to develop and write a watershed based plan.”

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Featherstone Receives APLU Regional Teaching Award

Allen Featherstone, professor of agricultural economics, received one of five regional teaching awards from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The award was presented during the Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Awards Program on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Since joining K-State Agricultural Economics in 1986, Featherstone has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes. His courses include an experiential course in conjunction with Frontier Farm Credit where the class serves as a board of directors. In addition, he teaches Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems with eight international professors to educate students on the global dimensions of agriculture. In 1998, he guided the development of K-State’s award-winning Master in Agribusiness (MAB) degree, a distance-education program for individuals whose career and family status do not allow access to a traditional on-campus degree program.

Featherstone’s research program as resulted in more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. As a leading agriculture finance scholar, he has assisted the industry on mergers, loan loss severity, the influence of taxes on farm land and alternative federal tax systems.

Featherstone has been recognized as a leader at the university, regional, national and international levels. He has received numerous awards for his efforts in undergraduate and graduate teaching, including the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Distinguished Graduate Teacher. He also was honored with several prestigious distance education awards for his efforts in administering and teaching in the MAB program.

Featherstone earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University.

Other recipients of the APLU Regional Teaching Award are as follows: C. Lee Burras, professor of agronomy and geology at Iowa State University; Dale A. Coleman, associate professor of animal sciences at Auburn University; Ashim K. Datta, professor of biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University; and Richard W. Hartel, professor of food science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Flinchbaugh Receives American Agri-Women Veritas Award

Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh received the American Agri-Women’s highest honor, the Veritas Award, on Nov. 10 during the organization’s convention in Wichita, Kan. Flinchbaugh is a professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University.

The Veritas Award is given to individuals who have been public witness to the “pursuit of truth” in accordance with the principles expressed in the AAW statement of philosophy. Of specific interest are personalities of importance to agriculture, or responsible media coverage of agricultural issues and events.

Past Veritas recipients include Paul Harvey, Michael DeBakey, Julia Child, Dr. C. Everett Koop, and John Stossel, to name a few.