Remembering Distinguished Agricultural Economics alumnus James Nielson

James Nielson, 91, retired agricultural economist and administrator, died on March 18, 2013 in Lacey, Wash.

Nielson earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics at Kansas State University, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University during 1947, 1951, and 1953, respectively.  He served on the faculty in agricultural economics at Michigan State University; was the Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Director of the Agricultural Research Center at Washington State University.  He was also an administrator in the U.S Department of Agriculture and the Agency for International Development in the State Department.

Nielson served as president of both the American and Western Agricultural Economics Associations, and was a founding director and Fellow of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association. He also received a Carnegie Fellowship for study at Harvard and a USDA Superior Service Award.

Nielson earned the department’s Distinguished Agricultural Economics Alumnus Recognition in 1982.


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