In 1978, Orlen Grunewald joined the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics.
An expert in agribusiness, Grunewald will deliver his last lecture, “I had to go to Guatemala to learn to listen” on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in room 328 Waters Hall. Refreshments will be served.
The lecture is one of several planned as part of a “Last Lecture” series in which several K-State Department of Agricultural Economics faculty members will give one last lecture for the campus community and the public shortly after retiring.
“Dr. Grunewald had an outstanding career at Kansas State University and in the agribusiness area,” said Allen Featherstone, professor and head of the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics. “One of his lasting legacies is the initiation of the commodities trading course where students take actual market positions.
Through his career, he has studied and contributed to our understanding of commodity markets. He and the other retiring professors that are a part of this Last Lecture series have had a great impact on thousands of students and agriculture in the state of Kansas. The Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture and the university are very grateful for their contributions and dedication to Kansas State University and agricultural economics. It is always inspirational to hear from one’s colleagues as they reflect upon their careers. We encourage everyone to attend this series so they can reflect on their career.”
Grunewald, professor emeritus in the agricultural economics department, taught many undergraduate courses in agribusiness management, agribusiness marketing, and computer applications. He authored a textbook on food and agribusiness management for beginning students. His research activities focus on investigating the impacts of identity-preserved crops and livestock on supply chain management and agribusiness structures.
Grunewald earned his bachelor’s degree in regional planning at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1973. He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky in 1975 and 1980, respectively.
His research included investigating the structural efficiency of agricultural producers and agribusinesses in the supply chain; learning about entrepreneurship and integration in agri-food supply chains to understand the innovation processes that shape the supply chains; identifying key success factors in value-added enterprises; creating a series of educational modules based in applied research on value-added agriculture; and developing commercialization protocols to facilitate producer participation in wealth-creation value-adding initiatives.
He belonged to the American Agricultural Economics Association; Southern Agricultural Economics Association, serving on the editorial board for four years; and the Food Distribution Research Society. He also served on the International Committee for the American Council on Consumer Interests in 1990.
Grunewald also was a Kansas State University Presidential Lecturer in 1986.
More information about his lecture or any in the “Last Lecture” series is available by contacting Judy Maberry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-4493.
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