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.

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