Projects

Prior Funded Research Projects

  • 2015 UNE Research Seed Grants – Research project: “Disaster Planning and Local Infrastructure: A Study of Queensland Local Government”
  • 2014 UNE Business School Research Seeds Grant – UNE –Research project: “Ameliorating the impact of climate change on Australian coastal fishing by improving coastal port infrastructure”
  • 2014 UNE Research Seed Grants - UNE – Research project: “Central Queensland local government infrastructure backlog and climate change adaptation”
  • 2005 Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Australia. Project: “Assessment of Biological and Economic Sustainability of the Northern Prawn Fishery and Development of a Computerized Management Tool for the Northern Prawn Fishery”.

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Recent Research and Policy Presentations

  • ‘Central Queensland local government infrastructure backlog and climate change adaptation’. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Adapting to Climate Change, 21-22 June 2016, Lisbon, Portugal: Water, Waste and Other Local Infrastructure.
  • ‘A stage-structured population matrix for banana prawns (Penaeus merguiensis)’. The International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) Conference, 2014, Brisbane, Australia
  • ‘The effect of environmental variables on catch of banana prawns in the Australian Northern Prawn Fishery’. ICES 2013 Annual Science Conference, 2013, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • ‘Commercial and public perspectives in the management of banana prawns of the Northern Prawn Fishery’ At the NPFRAG Committee meeting, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, 2010, Cleveland, Australia.
  • ‘An optimization model for the banana Northern Prawn Fishery’. 54th Annual Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) National Conference, 2010, Adelaide, Australia
  • ‘A bioeconomic model using a stage population matrix for the Northern Prawn Fishery in Australia’. E-crew 2009, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia
  • ‘A bioeconomic model using a stage population matrix for the Northern Prawn Fishery in Australia.’ The International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) Fourteenth Biennial Conference, 2008, Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • ‘An S-System bioeconomic model for the Northern Prawn Fishery in Australia’. International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICES-CIEM), 2007, Arendal, Norway
  • ‘Economic sustainability of the Northern Prawn Fishery in Australia’. University of Tromsø – The Norwegian College of Fishery Science, 2007, Tromsø, Norway
  • ‘Economic aspects and management choices for the Northern Prawn Fishery in Australia.’University of Southern Denmark - The Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and Economics (FAME), 2007, Esbjerg, Denmark
  • ‘Current issues and management choices for the Northern Prawn Fishery in Australia’. University of British Columbia – The Fisheries Centre, 2007, Vancouver, Canada
  • ‘Application of differential evolution algorithms to optimize welfare in the Northern Prawn Fishery in Australia’. 5th International Fisheries Observer Conference, 2007, Victoria, Canada
  • ‘Optimization of tax rates to balance effort and biomass in a single species bioeconomic fishery model’. 15th NSW Coastal Conference, 2006, Coffs Harbour, Australia

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Dr. Simone Valle de Souza is an Academic Specialist in the MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. She completed a Masters in Economic Studies and a PhD in Resource (Fisheries) Economics at the University of New England (UNE) in Australia, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting and a Bachelor in Business Administration at the Federal University of Parana, in Brazil. While in Australia, she taught Economics applied to Agricultural, Natural Resources and Public Policy, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Simone’s background also includes another 5 years of practical experience in management.

Research and Outreach Interests

-       Economic Modelling and Parameter Optimization

-       Economics of Fisheries and Aquaculture

-       Agricultural and Resource Economics

-       Climate Economics and Policy

-       Environmental Economics

-       Public Policy Analysis

-       Local Government 

Projects

  • Financial emergency management in Michigan

Presentations

Recent Research and Policy Presentations

Open the black box: State intervention in local government fiscal affairs in Michigan. Paper to be presented at the Association of Budgeting and Financial Management Annual Meeting, (2016, October) Seattle, WA.

Evaluation of property-tax-based financing tools by municipalities: A Conceptual Framework. Paper to be presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Miami, FL.

Wang, S. (2015, October). Effects of state-imposed TELs on municipal revenue structure. Paper to be presented at the Association of Budgeting and Financial Management Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.

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Selected Publications

Barker, D., Wang, S., Merriman, D., Crosby, A., Resnick, E., & Chaloupka, F. 2016. Estimating cigarette tax avoidance and evasion: Evidence from a national sample of littered packs. Tobacco Control 25(Suppl 1), i38-43.

Wang, S., & Feeney, M. K. 2016. Determinants of information and communication technology use in local governments. American Review of Public Administration 46(3), 292-313.

Wang, S., & Mastracci, S. 2014. Gauging social justice: A survey of indices for public management. Public Administration Quarterly 38(4), 488-520.

Students

Teaching Experience at MSU

  • PLS 313: American Public Policy (Undergraduate)
  • PLS 310: Public Administration and Policy Making (Undergraduate)
  • PPL 801: Quantitative Methods for Public Policy, Level I (Graduate)
  • PPL 891: Local Government Management (Graduate)

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Dr. Shu Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on institutional and economic factors that affect fiscal condition of local governments and the sustainability of service provision. Her current projects investigate state-imposed constraints on local revenue-raising and state intervention when local governments are in distress. She also uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore innovative ways through which local governments cope with fiscal distress. She is also interested in organizational behavior in the public sector, and how public organizations innovate differently than their private counterparts.

Prior to joining the AFRE faculty, Shu was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at MSU. While there, she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses related to public policy analysis.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Local government financial management
  • State and local finance
  • Fiscal federalism
  • Intergovernmental relations

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Student advising at Pepperdine University: Lionel Ong

 

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Teaching experience at University of Michigan

  • World Economy – (Blend of International Economics and Management for undergradate seniors/juniors)

Pepperdine University

  • Managerial Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics (all courses taught at the masters level)

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  • Firm behavior
  • International Trade
  • Development

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Ellen Payongayong is an International Development Research Associate (based in Philippines) who works on survey data collection and analysis in various MSU/AFRE international projects.  She mentors and assists host country analysts in all phases of survey data collection, analysis and storage.

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Dianne Novak is Project Services Coordinator - MSU Product Center - Client Services

Dianne is also a Registered Dietitian, and in charge of coordination of services both on and off-campus for entrepeneurial clients participating in the business development process at the MSU Product Center.  Her content specialties are:  Food, Nutrition and Health

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Dr. Whims is an Assistant Professor in AFRE working with the Product Center FOOD•AG•BIO.  Growing up in the shadows of Michigan State University, Whims received his B.S. degree in business from Greenville College, Greenville, Ill., his M.B.A. from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the Product Center, he was an Economist and External Relations Director, of MSU’s Office of International Research Collaboration within the International Studies and Programs unit from 2009 to 2013. From 1999 to 2009, he was a Senior Consultant in the consulting division of the firm Informa Economics (formerly known as Sparks Companies). Whims started with Informa Economics as a Senior Commodity Analyst (dairy industry) in 1996.

Dr. Whims is an economist with over 25 years of experience in the area of strategic planning and business development consulting in both the private and public sectors. He has been a consultant to Fortune 500 food and agriculture businesses, investment firms, and numerous federal, state and local government agencies. His work has involved some of the following activities: domestic and international economic development consulting regarding the evaluation of food value chains (marketing practices and efficiencies) analyses of agricultural and bioenergy markets (factors of supply, demand, and price relationships/forecasts); financial feasibility studies; macroeconomic and demographic analyses; the design and implementation of survey instruments; and the development of risk management hedge programs

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Stephanie Lelo is an Outreach Specialist with the TelFarm Data Center, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics. The TelFarm system of farm financial record keeping is a program available from MSU Extension’s Farm Information Resources Management (FIRM) Team. It is an educational and service program designed to assist farmers with their farm financial records and decision making. The program has its roots with the MSU Farm Records program which began in 1928, and evolved into a mail-in computer records program by the mid-1950s. Today the majority of the TelFarm cooperators utilize the Pc Mars accounting program, developed by Iowa State University.

Stephanie works with TelFarm cooperators to educate them on the use of Pc Mars, both from an accounting and technology standpoint. She also works with managing cooperators depreciation data and related tax schedules.

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John Jones is Co-Cordinator TelFarm.  He began working with the Telfarm Data Center in 2013 as an Outreach Specialist.   He assist Telfarm as a staff member answering farm management and record keeping questions. He is especially helpful with questions relating to the PCMars farm accounting program, although the Center also expects to use his skills in other areas as needed.

John previously worked as the Telfarm Director, 1987-1997.  His earlier work centered on moving the Telfarm Data Center from 305 Computer Center to the current location at 414 Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture and supervising the moving of the data entry from on-campus keypunch to on-farm personal computers using the Telfarm for Windows accounting and payroll software. 

For fifteen years after serving as the Telfarm Director, Jones owned and operated a dairy farm near Posen, Michigan. He received his MS degree from Iowa State University in 1979.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Coordinator - MSU Income Tax School
    • 2017 is John’s first year as the Coordinator of the MSU Income Tax School.  Initial years will rely heavily on the advice and assistance of Larry Borton, past-Coordinator.
    • Assisting over 2,000 CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and Accountants with their continuing education on the proper application of the income tax code and regulations.  Participants estimate preparing over 425,000 federal tax returns.
    • Provide income tax education assistance to the faculty and MSU Extension educators.
  • Manager – MSU Telfarm Data Center

    • The Telfarm system of farm financial record keeping is a program available from MSU Extension’s Farm Information Resources Management (FIRM) Team. It is an educational and service program designed to assist farmers with their farm financial records and decision making. The program has its roots with the MSU Farm Records program which began in 1928, and evolved into a mail-in computer records program by the mid 1950s.  Today the records are entered with the use of personal computers, predominantly on-farm.
    • Capture and analyze farm management data used in agricultural sector modeling.  The economic intelligence produced is used by farmers, agri-businessmen and policy analysts in decision making.
    • Assisting Telfarm cooperators with on-farm issues of information system design to efficiently capture and retrieve necessary management information.
    • Work with MSU-Extension educators to enhance their programs in the areas of farm records, farm and income tax management, and economic intelligence
    • Computer programs used while carrying out responsibilities include PcMars Accounting, FBFM Asset Manager, and Finpack farm business analysis software.

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Dale Elshoff is an Academic Advisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. She advises students in Food Industry Management, Agribusiness Management and Environmental Economics and Policy.

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 Ruthi Bloomfield is an Academic Advisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. She advises students in Food Industry Management, Agribusiness Management and Environmental Economics and Policy.

 Ruthi enjoys working with a diverse student population and believes that a strong student-advisor relationship is a key component to student success.  Ruthi was recognized at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Honors Banquet on March 29 with the 2013 CANR Student Senate Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.  Testimonials by two students summed up why so many students found her so deserving:

  • “It is her desire to help people and her unmatched passion that makes Ruthi who she is - a phenomenal advisor.”
  • “Her door is always open. Her flexibility and availability are things that are invaluable to students that are full of questions and need guidance.”

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Prior Projects

  • Agriculture and Structural Transformation in Africa: Toward and Programmatic and Policy Agenda.  Jayne, T. S. & Yeboah, F. K.  Gates, Bill and Melinda Foundation  6/30/15 → 6/29/16

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Publications (View all Dr. Yeboah’s publications on Google Scholar sorted by year.)

Selected Publications

  • Yeboah F. K. and Jayne T. S. (2016) “Africa’s Evolving Employment Structure” International Development Working Paper, IDWP No. 148.  East Lansing. Michigan State University. October 2016.
  • Jayne, T. S., Chamberlin, J., Traub, L., Sitko, N., Muyanga, M., Yeboah, F. K., Anseeuw, W., Chapoto, A., Wineman, A., Nkonde, C., and Kachule, R. (2016). “Africa’s Changing Farmland Ownership: The Rise of the Emergent Investor Farmer”. Agricultural Economics, Vol. 47(s), supplement 197-214, DOI: 10.1111/agec.12308.
  • Jayne, T. S.,   Holtzman, J. S., Yeboah, F. K., Anderson, J. R.  and Oehmke, J. F., (2016).  Agri-food Systems and Youth Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa” IDWP No. 150. East Lansing, Michigan State University. October 2016.
  • Allen, A., Howard, J., Jayne, T. S., Jemison, A., Kondo, M., Snyder, J., Tschirley, D., and Yeboah F. K.  (2016) “Agri-food Youth Employment and Engagement Study” . Report submitted to The MasterCard Foundation, April 2016-06-13.
  • Yeboah, F.K., Lupi, F., and Kaplowitz, M. D., (2015) “Agricultural Landowners’ Willingness to Participate in a Filter Strip Program for Watershed Protection,” Land Use Policy, 49, 75-85.
  • Yeboah F. K., Kaplowitz M. D., Kerr, J., Lupi, F., and Thorp, L. G., (2015) “Sociocultural and Institutional Contexts of Social Cash Transfer Programs:  Lessons from Stakeholders’ Attitudes and Experiences in Ghana,” Global Social Policy, 1-22, DOI: 10.1177/1468018115600039
  • Lulama Traub, Felix K. Yeboah, Ferdinand Meyer, and Thomas S. Jayne. Megatrends and the Future of African Economies. Chapter 3 in the 2015 ReSAKSS Annual Trends and Outlook Report http://www.resakss.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Ch3_ReSAKSS_AW_ATOR_2014.pdf
  • Kaplowitz, M. D., Yeboah, F. K., Thorp, L. G., and Wilson, A., (2009) “Garnering Input for Recycling Communication Strategies at a Big Ten University”, Resource Conservation and Recycling 53, 612–623, 2009

 

 

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Outreach Specialist Emeritus, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Following graduate work, she was appointed as instructor and extension specialist in the Consumer Marketing Program at Michigan State University.  Her assignments varied from 100 % extension, to 80 % extension and 20 % research at other times.  

Mary Zehner was as also a Therapeutic Dietitian, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, 1957-59. And she was a member, Omicron Nu Honor Society.

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(Herman J. and Helen D. Wyngarden Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Allendale Community Foundation. Established in memory of Herman J. Wyngarden, a long -time educator, this fund commemorates Dr. and Mrs. Wyngarden’s commitment to education. Applicants  must  be  a  resident  of  Allendale  township  who wish  to  continue  their  education  beyond  High  School,  preference may  be  given  to  students  who  plan  to study economics or nursing.)

Professor Emeritus Herman J. Wyangarden was born in Wisconsin. He was named head of the Department of Economics in 1943 and continued in that position until July 1, 1949 when he was appointed dean of Michigan State University’s College of Business and Public Service.  Professor Wyngarden came to Michigan State University as associate professor of economics in 1924.  He had previously taught economics at the University of Michigan from 1921-24.  He authored several publications in the field of money, banking and business cycles.  He was appointed by President Roosevelt to serve on the Detroit area War Labor Board in 1943-46 and the War Stabilization Board during 1946-47.  He was a member of many national organizations.

Professor Wyngarden served as dean of the College of Business and Public Service at Michigan State University from 1949-1958. Under his leadership, the school was separated into two divisions, the Division of Business and the Division of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.  He also oversaw the accreditation of the business administration program and the gaining of the formal status of a college.

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Professor Emeritus, Karl T. Wright was born December 16, 1901 in Walker, Illinois. He was raised on 280 acre farm in central Illinois, near Moweaqua.  He married Marguerite Bosworth September 11, 1933. They had one son, Richard.

Dr. Wright graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1924 and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1929. He completed his Ph.D. in 1940 at Cornell University in Farm Management. He was hired by Michigan State College in 1929 as a Research Assistant in Farm Management and became an Assistant Professor in 1935. This was followed with Associate Professor (1940), Research Professor (1945) and Professor (1949).

In 1951 – 1952, he worked with the US State Department, Economic Cooperation Administration and the British Ministry of Agriculture.  In 1952, he returned as a professor in Agriculture at Michigan State University.  Recognizing his important role in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, he was awarded a “Distinguished Teacher in Agriculture award at MSU in 1953.  Professor Wright taught extensively in the farm management area, and was instrumental in helping develop and teaching for many years a course “Analysis and Presentation of Agricultural Data.

In 1958 - 1960, Professor Wright was named Director of the MSU Advisory Group at the University of the Ryukus, Okinawa.   He and family spent two years in residence at the Ryukus Campus.  In his leadership role with the Advisory Group, he devoted himself to further development of Ryukus, making every effort to advance agricultural instruction, research and extension to better meet the demands of the people of the Ryukus Islands.

He and family returned to the Department at MSU in 1960.  By the time of retirement, Dr. Wright’s published works included in excess of 500 titles on farm practices, agricultural development and domestic and international agriculture. He served as editor-in-chief of The First 50 Years: A History of the University Club of Michigan State University.  In 1929 Dr. Wright became a charter member of the Faculty Club, precursor of the University Club, and remained an active member for 65 years until his death in 1994.  He served on numerous committees, in various offices and as president in 1981-1982.  Dr. Wright was active in Farm House Fraternity and served as national president from 1952 through 1954. In 1956 he was the recipient of the highest honor the fraternity bestows, “The Master Builder of Men”.  Dr. Wright’s services were frequently sought as advisor and consultant to members of international governments and agencies. He served members of the US Congress and regional boards in a similar capacity. He was widely sought as a guest lecturer.

Dr. Wright was also a pioneer in helping the Department of Agricultural Economics at MSU gain international exposure and input from the International Association of Agricultural Economics. In 1949 he was selected by the Whitney Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture and the US Council of Agricultural Economists as one of ten official US delegates to International Agricultural Economics Association meeting in Stresa, Italy.  At that meeting, Dr Wright offered a special invitation, which was accepted, to the International Association to hold their 1952 International meetings on the campus of Michigan State University, hosted by the Department of Agricultural Economics. 

Dr. Wright prepared this statement of his personal philosophy circa. 1976

 “I am extremely interested in helping developing nations. One might say I have a missionary zeal in helping others and the sensitivity that goes with establishing a rapport with foreign nationals. My experiences in Great Britain in 1951-1952, Okinawa in 1958-1960, Taiwan in 1957 and 1964, Japan in 1959 and 1972, Korea in 1971-1972 and 1974 and as part time associate to the director of the Michigan State University Institute of International Agriculture in 1975 were challenging, interesting, and greatly satisfying in that I felt my professional qualifications and personal enthusiasm in helping educators and government officials with their many diverse problems were appreciated, helpful, and useful.”   Dr. Wright regarded the following activities as his most satisfying accomplishments:

- Agricultural Economic Consultant to the University of Nottingham, England
- Institution Building as Administrator at the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa
- Agricultural Economics Consultant to National Taiwan University and Chung Hsing Univ.
- Agricultural Policy Consultant to the Joint Committee on Rural Reconstruction, Taiwan
- Agricultural Economics Analyst, Korean Agricultural Sector Study
- Agricultural Economics Consultant to Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo, Japan
- Agricultural Education Consultant to Agency for International Development, Taiwan
- Teaching at Michigan State and the “Distinguished Teacher Award”

In 1972, he became Professor Emeritus, and continued to work in the Department of Agriculture Economics on various domestic as well as international assignments, including providing assistance to development agencies for Korea and other organizations in SE Asia until 1990.

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Garland P. Wood, Professor Emeritus, in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  Garland Wood was born in Iowa April 21, 1922.  From 1943 to 1946 he served in the military rising from Private to First Lieutenant.  He then earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

From 1957 through 1985 he served on the Agricultural Economics faculty of Michigan State University.  He completed a number of overseas assignments with the University or while on leave.  He developed and taught courses in Administration related to agriculture for graduate students planning to work in developing countries.  His Extension activities focused on public policy on taxation and water issues.

In retirement years he and Jean lived in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  He died May 14, 2006.  Survivors include his wife, Jean, their children and grandchildren.

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Professor Emeritus Warren H. Vincent was born on a farm in Calhoun County, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army 1943-46.  He joined the staff of the Department in 1949 as an extension specialist in farm management and in 1958 began his work of teaching and research.   He conducted research on a probability sample as the basis for a system for “mail-in” farm accounts. He worked extensively in areas of farm management and production economics, applied his skills and dedicated attention to details in domestic as well as international settings, and advised and mentored a large number of students.  Professor Vincent was Editor of and contributor to an important early text book on Economics and Management in Agriculture,  published by Prentice Hall in 1962.

He also completed a number of international long-term assignments.  He was head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nigeria at Nsukka working under the  M.S.U. University of Nigeria Program, from July 1966 to July 1968.  He also worked in Ethiopia, Thailand and the Philippines.  He spent time working as an Economist, with the Federal Extension Service, USDA,Washington, D.C. in 1965. 

Language: French.  Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta.

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Professor Emeritus, Eileen van Ravenswaay taught undergraduate courses in ecological economics and environmental economics.  Her research focused on economic incentives for pollution prevention in agriculture and the food industry. She served as a member of the Michigan Environmental Science Board and as a member and chair of the Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund Technical Advisory Board.

 Professional Interests 

  • Ecolabeling
  • Industrial ecology
  • Contingent valuation methods

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Professor Emeritus Orion Ulrey was born on a farm near Martinsville, Illinois.

In 1967, he was Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics in the Department.  His assignment was in the research and teaching areas primarily, in areas of cooperatives—the group approach, and rural development.  Major interests included: prices received and paid by farmers; cooperatives; the group approach; rural development; and adult education.

Proffessor Ulrey was on leave as a Social Scientist with BAE, USDA, Washington, D.C., 1945-46; He was awarded Fulbright Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Peshawar, W. Pakistan, 1954-55; He was also an Agricultural advisor with University of Missouri, United States - AID (Agency for International Development) team at Ranchi Agricultural College in Bihar State, India, 1958-62.  He was invited by the Government of Mauritius to participate in celebrations of the “Fiftieth Anniversary of Cooperatives on the Island” in 1963.

Professor Ulrey initiated the M.S.U. Employees’ Credit Union in 1937, and served as its president for the first 8 years. Students of Ulrey’s with his assistance started the Farm House Fraternity at the College in 1932; and the Mens Cooperative Houses at the College beginning in 1938.

Honors: Alpha Zeta and Sigma Xi honor fraternities.

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Former MSU Research Specialist James Tefft, is an Economist in the Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.  He has recently been seconded to the World Bank as Senior Economist and Liaison Officer, where he is working, among other things, on urban agriculture.

He was formely based in the FAO Regional Office for Africa in Accra, Ghana.  He worked previously in the FAO Rome, and the FAO’s Regional Office for Africa in Accra, Ghana. ESA is the focal point for FAO’s economic research and policy analysis for food security and sustainable development. Mr. Tefft works primarily on issues related to early warning systems and economic and food security analysis in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining FAO, he worked for 13 years on Michigan State University’s Food Security Project, principally in the Sahel.  His professional interests were on food security research methods, market information systems, food system development, and linkages between agricultural productivity growth and child malnutrition.

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Pauline Sondag, Librarian Emeritus, administered the Agricultural Economics Reference Room in collaboration with faculty members in the Department of Agricultural Economics.  She also performed collection development activities in the agricultural economics subject area for the MSU Libraries. 

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  • Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services, Project Deputy Director, funded by USAID/Washington
  • Education and Research in Agriculture, MSU Coordinator, funded by USAID/Senegal
  • Projet Croissance Economique, MSU Director, funded by USAID/Senegal

 

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  • Pocket Guide 1: Extension Practice for Agricultural Adaptation. 2016.  By Brent M. Simpson. Published by Catholic Relief Services.
  • Farmer-to-Farmer Extension: Issues in Planning and Implementation. 2015. by Brent M. Simpson, Steven Franzel, Ann Degrande, Godfrey Kundhlande, Sygnola Tsafack. MEAS Technical Note.
  • Planning for Scale: Using what we know about human behavior in the diffusion of agricultural innovation and the role or agricultural extension. 2015. By Dr. Brent M. Simpson. MEAS Technical Note.
  • Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in The Sahel Profiles of Agricultural Management Practices. 2014. Mukesh Ray and Brent M. Simpson, Michigan State University, Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics.
  • Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services under the  New Normal of Climate Change. USAID Presentation. 2013. By  Brent M. Simpson, Michigan State University and Gaye Burpee, Catholic Relief Services.
  • Ag Sector Council | Brent M. Simpson | Climate Change and Agricultural Extension. You tube presentation. 2013.
  • “Investigation of the fate and concentration of Phorbol Ester in co-products and wastes from bio-diesel processing of Jatropha curcas and the detoxification of Jatropha seedcake,” by S. Masten, B. Simpson, S. Hengemuehle, P. Pati, A. Alpatova, and M. Yokoyama (under review).
  • “Whole-Farm Agroforestry Carbon Financial Calculator Toolkit (excel) and Guidebook,” B. Simpson and J. Allwardt, The World Agroforestry Center, July 2011.
  • “Climate Change, Land Use, Agriculture and the Emerging Bioeconomy,” by D. Skole and B. Simpson, in Graedel, T. and E. van der Voet (eds.), 2009, Linkages of Sustainability. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • “The Transfer and Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies: Issues, Lessons and Opportunities,” African Technology Development Forum Journal Vol. 3(1):10-17, 2006.
  • “Farmer Field Schools and the Future of Agricultural Extension in Africa,” by B. Simpson and M. Owens. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education Vol.9(2):29-36, 2002.
  • “Adoption et Adaptation de Techniques Agricoles Innovantes dans le Sud-Ouest de Mali.” Autrepart (Cahiers des Sciences Humaines Nouvelle Serie) 15:5-27, 2000.
  • The Roots of Change: Human behaviour and agricultural evolution in Mali. Studies in Indigenous Knowledge and Development. London: Intermediate Technology Publications, 1999.

  

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Brent Simpson’s international career began as an aquaculture extension agent with the Peace Corps in the D.R.C. (Zaire, 1984-1986). He joined MSU in 2003, initially serving as the Assistant Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, and later in the Institute of International Agriculture and CANR Dean’s Office leading and supporting development of international initiatives of the college.

Prior to joining MSU, he worked as an independent consultant, served as Senior Scientist and Program Leader for Technology Transfer and Systems Development with the Africa Rice Center, Cote d’Ivoire, and as Lecturer and Convener of the Rural Policy and Project Planning Program, Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands.

He continues to collaborate with research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and provides advisory services to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the WWF among others. He has worked in over 20 countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.  He worked at a Senior Natural Resource Management Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Investment Center. November 2016

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  • Agricultural adaptation to climate change, mitigation through small-holder carbon sequestration efforts, and development of biofuel systems
  • Evolution of agricultural systems and the transfer, dissemination and adaptation of technical and social innovations
  • Capacity-building of farmer organizations and market integration

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Gerald D. Schwab, Emeritus Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  Professional responsibilities included project leader for farm management extension and FIRM AoE (Farm Information Resources Management Area of Expertise) team, and Michigan representative to the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee. Extension activities include the Pork Industry Team with a focus on economic issues concerning swine firms.

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  • Farm Business Planning
  • Farm Financial Analysis and Record-keeping
  • Swine Farm Economics
  • Field Crop Sustainable Systems

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Professor Emeritus Thomas R. Pierson, retired from Michigan State University in 1997 as Director of the Food Industry Management Program.  Professor Pierson dedicated his career to teaching food marketing with a food system perspective encompassing producers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers.  He distinguished himself in these endeavors.  In 2013, he was elected to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame based on his contributions to the welfare of the meat industry’s producer, processor, wholesaler, and retailer segments.  His work was always done based on careful research into issues and problems, followed by the development of effective visual and spoken communication tools to contribute to the knowledge base of his meat industry colleagues.

Dr. Pierson collaborated professionally with his colleague Dr. Jack Allen, a member of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2011.  Much of their work was at the request of food industry groups seeking answers or additional knowledge and information about current industry problems and developments.  He was a co-presenter of a ground-breaking research project entitled, “The State of the Meat Industry” to an audience of over 800 meat industry executives in 1980, the first in a series of joint industry presentations over a twenty year period.

During his career at Michigan State, Dr. Pierson conducted research and made approximately 50 presentations to food industry audiences every year, totaling over 1,000 during his service to the food industry. Those presentations addressed new opportunities for enhanced marketing of meats, produce and fresh prepared foods.  He played a leading role in the conduct of research and established creative ways to communicate knowledge to industry audiences. The approach was to identify progressive practices in their early stages and to document them with photos and evidence of economic feasibility.

Dr. Pierson played a key role in demonstrating the merits of central packaging and a host of other programs and products that added value and convenience for consumers.  An important aspect of many studies and presentations was the Consumer Value Equation which focuses on understanding the true wants and needs of different types of consumers.  He recognized that changes in meat products and services in response to consumers’ wants and needs required investments and aptly demonstrated that greater profits could be achieved by efficiently responding to those wants and needs.

Established in Dr. Pierson’s honor, The Dr. Jack Allen and Dr. Tom Pierson Scholarship Endowment benefits students enrolled in Michigan State’s Food Industry Management program to support their travel expenses associated with participation at professional conferences, seminars, and meetings. The scholarship also supports study and travel abroad connected to a course of study where language studies (non-English speaking) and cultural orientation will precede the travel abroad experience.

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Former Professor Harold Smith Patton was born in Canada, and received a B.A. degree from the University of Toronto in 1912.  During World War I, he served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry until he was wounded in action in France.  After recovering, he became an area supervisor for the Canadian Young Men’s Christian Association, first in England and then in France.

Following the war, Patton studied at Harvard University where he earned A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in 1921 and 1926.  He was appointed lecturer in economics at the University of Alberta and later served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati.  In 1929, he joined the Michigan State College (MSC.) Department of Economics, where he taught until his death in 1946.  He taught the first course at MSC in Government Policies in Agriculture in 1930.

He was also Chairperson of the Department of Economics from 1930 until 1943.  His academic interests centered on international and agricultural economics, and international trade in agricultural products.  While at M.S.C. he served as Assistant Advisor in International Economic Affairs for the U.S. Department of State (1937-1938) and the Pentagon (ca. 1945).

He was on leave, military service, in Washington, D.C., 1943-46, and died in the Spring of 1946 after being hit by a bus in a parking area for the Pentagon in Washington, D. C.

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