E-Newsletter from the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics

From the Desk of Allen Featherstone

Allen Featherstone July 2014The fall semester 2014 has certainly quickly passed. As we wrap up the fall semester, we want to bring you up to date on Departmental activities. First of all, we would like to thank the many faithful and dedicated alumni that provide scholarships to our undergraduate and graduate students. During the last year, the Department was able to provide in excess of $250,000 in scholarships to our well deserving students. As tuition continues to increase and as the number of undergraduate majors continues to increase, scholarships are certainly an important mechanism that many students use to further their education. The Departments appreciates your generosity.

During the fall semester, we were pleased to welcome Jorge Gattini back to campus to allow him to interact with our students. Jorge Gattini originally came to Kansas on a 4-H exchange program, came back to Kansas State University to receive his master’s in Agricultural Economics, and now serves as Minister of Agriculture in Paraguay. Mr. Gattini is responsible for formulating and executing agricultural policy for the country of Paraguay where agriculture ranges all the way from subsistence to precision agriculture that is competitive on the global scale.

Transition continues to occur as Dr. Arlo Biere and Dr. Joe Arata will retire at the end of the semester. They have both left a lasting legacy on the Department and will certainly be missed. We thank them for the many years of service to the State of Kansas in educating future generations of Agricultural leaders. We will be welcoming Dr. Elizabeth Yeager to the staff. She will be joining us from a faculty position at Purdue University and will teach in the undergraduate program in the areas of farm management, agricultural finance, and grain and livestock marketing.

I encourage you to examine a taste of the many other exciting developments in the Department. We would love to hear about your career and family developments and share them in upcoming issues of our quarterly E-Newsletter. Please email me at afeather@ksu.edu or Amanda Erichsen, our communication coordinator, at aerichsen@ksu.edu with information you would like to share with your fellow alumni.

Go Cats!
Dr. Allen Featherstone, afeather@ksu.edu
Department Head, Professor, Master of Agribusiness Program Director


View this E-Newsletter as a PDF or on the department website.  Headlines include:
Jorge Gattini, Paraguay’s Minister of Agriculture, delights K-State with campus visit
Introducing Ben Schwab
Summer Internship summary
2014 Scholarship recipients
New class of Risk Management Student Fellows
Lynes attends fifth Lindau Meeting
Andrew Barkley’s new book
Office of Local Government market approach to pollution reduction
MAB program and staff awarded honors
Farm Bill meetings led by Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby
Upcoming events
Gifting opportunities


For more information about the Department or this e-newsletter, please contact Amanda Erichsen at 785.532.6994 or aerichsen@k-state.edu.


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