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    Boris E. Bravo-Ureta presented his research at the 2018 IAAE conference in Vancouver

    Professor.Bravo-Ureta presented his research on assessing farm performance in Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda at the 2018 IAAE conference in Vancouver.  Findings suggest that access to agricultural input markets improves the productivity of small farms, while greater spending on transportation infrastructure and extension services enhances the productivity of large farms. His USDA-ERS project were featured in the World Bank LSMS Facebook page found here

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    ARE student is awarded the best presentation

    Shaina Stamp, a CAHNR student studying in a summer program abroad at the Mediterranean Agribusiness School in Spain, was awarded the best final project presentation in her class for her marketing and communications. The department congratulates Shaina on her hard work and recognition.

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    ARE undergraduate student at  COP24

    ARE Undergrad Risa Lewis was selected for COP24 by a 12-member UConn@COP Organizing Committee, to be officially announced by the Office of Environmental Programs. COP24 is the acronym for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Previous conferences in Bonn, Germany and Paris, France. This year's event seeks to coordinate full implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. COP24 will take place from December 3-14, 2018, in Katowice, Poland. We congratulate her selection.

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    Dr.Boehm was cited in The Washington Post

    Rebecca Boehm was cited in The Washington Post in an article published on Monday, June 11th, 2018, in an article entitled: The U.S. Diet is a Climate Disaster. Here are Four  Easy Fixes.  The article is about average American household diets, and how consumers can make changes in personal lifestyle habits to help limit the greenhouse gas emissions caused by food production and transportation, with suggestions and research by Boehm. The full article can be found here. She was also cited in another article in Daily Science.

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    Dr.Bovay’s Presentation at the 2017 Educational Micro Sessions

    Professor John Bovay presented at the 2017 Educational Micro Sessions hosted of the New York PRODUCE Show and Conference. The title of his presentation was “GMO and Non-GMO Food Labels: Implications of the New Federal Law for Growers, Marketers, and Consumers.”

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    ARE faculty appointed as advisory board member at Florida A&M University

    Professor Boris Bravo-Ureta has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Agribusiness Program at the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) at Florida A&M University.  He will serve from November 2017 to September 2019.

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    Economic Impacts of Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry: Update 2015

    The Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy Invites you to the release of latest numbers on the contribution of agricultural sectors to the Connecticut economy, including statewide sales, jobs, wages, and non-traditional impacts. Comparisons to the 2010 study, identifying rising and declining sectors.

    Please see the latest report here.

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    Income Tax School (2017)

    The University of Connecticut Income Tax School for Practitioners is a two-day program on federal and state taxes. It is designed to bring you up to date with the latest tax law information as you prepare for the upcoming tax preparation season. The program is specifically designed for accountants, consultants, attorneys, enrolled agents and all other professionals who prepare taxes. 

    This year's tax school will take place on Tuesday, November 14th and Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell, CT (map). The registration fee is $365** with an early registration fee of $350 for those whose registration is postmarked on or before October 15. 
    **Please note: a 5% charge will be added to all credit card registrations to cover bank processing fees.


    Click here for more information on this year's event

    Info on past events:
    2016 Income Tax School  (pdf)

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    ARE department is delighted to welcome Dr.Boehm and Dr.Burney to our staff as Postdoctoral Fellows.

    Rebecca Boehm (Right) received her Ph.D. in Nutrition Science, Agriculture, Food, and Environment program from Tufts University in 2016. Dr. Boehm is currently working as a postdoctoral research associate in the area of Food and Agricultural Economics, Nutrition and Agriculture Policy with Rigoberto Lopez, Director of Zwick Center, Professor and ARE Department Head.

    Dr. Burney (Left) comes to UConn from University of Kentucky, where he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 2017. Shaheer brings his focus on Food, Agricultural Economics, and Food Policy to the department, and will be working with Rigoberto Lopez.

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    Charles Towe Promoted With Tenure

    Charles Towe was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

    Professor.Towe has been with UConn's ARE department since 2014, having previously been on the faculty of the Agricultural Economics Department at University of Maryland, College Park. In addition,Towe was Agricultural Economist, at Economic Research Service USDA. 

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    EPA Awards $800,000 Grant to ARE Faculty

    ARE faculty members Stephen Swallow, Pengfei Liu and Charles Towe are among the six-person PI team leading a new study announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which will measure how communities value changes in water quality. The grant, officially titled "Valuation of Water Quality Change in Environment and Economy Context: Ecosystem Services across Gradients of Degradation and Local Economic Interest," amounts to a total of $799,994, and the project is set to run from now until June of 2019. 

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    Syma Ebbin and Victoria Croog Named to UConn Environmental Policy Advisory Council

    Faculty member Syma Ebbin and M.S. student Victoria Rose Croog have been appointed to the University's Environmental Policy Advisory Council, the body that advises senior members of the UConn administration - including the President and the Provost - on matters related to the University's environmental policies, compliance and similar issues. Croog, the Graduate Student Representative to the council, will serve a one-year term, while Ebbins's appointment is for two years, as one of the at-large faculty members of the council. For more information on the UConn EPAC, click here.   

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    From Student to Assistant Research Professor: Pengfei Liu

    Last semester, Pengfei Liu was completing his final semester as a Ph.D. student within the department, and his research was getting a lot of attention from the agricultural and resource economics academic community. He starts this semester still at UConn, but in a different capacity: as a member of the UConn ARE faculty.

    Over the summer, Pengfei was appointed to the post of Assistant Research Professor, allowing him to keep working with Prof. Stephen Swallow and the rest of the ARE faculty on topics including public good provision and other issues in behavioral and resource economics. In his new capacity, he will be stepping into the position previously occupied by Adam Rabinowitz - another ARE Ph.D. alumnus - who is currently serving on the faculty of the University of Georgia.

    While a student, Pengfei won the 2016 Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award from the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, and co-authored the recipient of the Best Poster Award at the 2016 European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual conference. With 100% of his new position devoted to research, we can look forward to continued achievement from Pengfei Liu at the department for some time to come. 

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    ARE Welcomes John Bovay to the Faculty

    Dr. John Bovay is the newest member of the ARE faculty, officially joining the department this week as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Bovay received his Ph.D. from the University of California Davis in 2014, and worked for the USDA's Economic Research Service as an economist in the Food Economics division until accepting his appointment at UConn. His focus is in food policy and food and agricultural economics, and in addition to teaching and research duties, Bovay will also be spearheading the department's Extension efforts as well. 
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    PhD Alumnus Honored by AAEA

    JunJie Wu, who received his PhD from the ARE department in 1992, was recently named as one of five 2016 Fellows of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association - the AAEA's most prestigious honor.

    Wu was advised by Kathleen Segerson, and has gone on to have a distinguished career in the two-plus decades since receiving his ARE PhD. According to the AAEA, Wu "has made seminal contributions to the design of agro-environmental policy, spatial modeling of land use change and its economic and environmental impacts, and nature-human interactions in the evolution of rural and urban development." His work around alternative conservation targeting strategies won him the AAEA Quality of Research Discovery Award in 2002.

    JunJie Wu is currently a professor and the Emery N. Castle Chair in Rural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University, where he has served on the faculty since in 1997. He is also the editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.   
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    2016 Income Tax School Set for November

    This year's UConn Income Tax School for Pratcitioners will be held November 15th and 16th at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell, CT. Click here for more information.
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    ARE Mourns Nataliya Plesha

     It is with a heavy heart that the ARE department marks the passing of our dear friend and PhD student-teacher Nataliya Plesha, who passed away on  the morning of Thursday, July 21, due to complications from a brain injury sustained as the result of a car collision.  

     Services to honor the life of Nataliya will be held on Saturday, July 30 - details can be found here. We ask all who were touched by Nataliya's generous, warm and vibrant  spirit  to consider contributing to her family in their time of emotional and financial need. Please visit the GoFundMe page established in her honor. 
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    Meet Visiting Professor Paulo R. Scalco

    The newest visiting professor at the ARE Department is Dr. Paulo Scalco of the Federal University of Goias, Brazil.

    Prof. Scalco arrived at UConn at the beginning of July, and will be staying for a six-month tenure. His research focuses on industrial organization and econometrics, and says he was drawn to the University of Connecticut and ARE due to the high quality of research.

    "I've read so much of the work coming out of this department, particularly from [Department Head] Rigoberto Lopez," said Scalco, "I very much wanted the chance to work alongside Dr. Lopez and the department, and am pleased to be here."  
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    Two Postdoctoral Fellow Positions Available Immediately 

    Two postdoc fellowships in conjunction with ARE are now available, scheduled to begin August 23. The fellowship in Food Policy will have the fellow working with both the ARE-based Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, while the Agribusiness fellowship will be solely with Zwick/ARE.

    For more information including application details, click here.   
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    ARE Spring Newsletter Released

    To close out the semester, the ARE Department has put together a look back at Spring 2016, including the biggest news stories, achievements, student profiles and more. Download your copy here, or look for the print version at the Department offices in W.B. Young Building, 3rd floor. 

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    Four ARE Undergraduates to Compete in Academic Bowl at AAEA Annual Meeting

    For the first time, undergraduate students from the UConn Agricultural and Resource Economics Department will vie for academic dominance and a cash prize at the Academic Bowl, sponsored by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), during the AAEA Annual Meeting in Boston this summer. 

    Resource Economics majors Scott Caggainello, John Ciesla, Dan Fortin and Carina Immer form the team that will represent UConn, and go head-to-head with their rivals to bring home the championship. Assistant Research Professor Adam Rabinowitz of the ARE Department is the team's faculty sponsor. 

    The competition, which will immediately precede the AAEA Awards Ceremony on August 1, pits teams from universities across the country against one another in a test of their applied and agricultural economics knowledge. Prizes include $500 for the winning team, with $300 and $100 prizes for the respective second and third place finishers. This is the first year UConn ARE students will compete for the national title.  


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    Stephen Swallow and Pengfei Liu Honored at CAHNR Awards

    Professor Stephen Swallow and PhD candidate Pengfei Liu were recognized for their outstanding work by the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, during an awards ceremony held on April 20, 2016. 

    Professor Swallow is this year's faculty recipient for the Excellence in Research category, while Pengfei Liu received the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award. Prof. Swallow and Mr. Liu have been working together on pioneering approaches to market-based conservation efforts, which have also been nationally recognized by peers and through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

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    Richard Dunn Promoted with Tenure

    The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has announced a promotion for Richard Dunn from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, a position at which he will be tenured. 

    Richard Dunn has been with UConn's ARE department since 2014, having previously served on the Agricultural Economics department at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, Richard was approved to receive tenure, but the University of Connecticut and the ARE Deparment are glad he chose UConn as the place to take the next step in his career. 

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    Nataliya Plesha Receives University Honor

    PhD student Nataliya Plesha is the 2016-2017 recipient of the University of Connecticut Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. She and the winners in other categories were honored at a ceremony earlier this week. 

    Nataliya had previously been recognized with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Leadership Award, recognizing her excellence in teaching. 

    Congratulations Nataliya! 

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    The Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy welcomes the newest member of its Advisory Board: Benjamin J. Freund.

    Ben Freund is the owner and operator of Freund's Farm Market and Bakery, an operation in East Canaan, CT, that includes a dairy farm, garden, farmer's market, and the manufacture of CowPots (molded manure seed starter containers). A Cornell University graduate, Freund was also one of the founders of the Canaan Valley Agricultural Cooperative, which manages manure from local farms. He is a former director and current board member of Farm Credit East, ACA, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the CoBank Board of Directors. 

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    PhD Student Madiha Zaffou Selected for USDA Diversity Program

    Congratulations to ARE's Madiha Zaffou, who is a 2016 selectee for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program. The program, begun in 2007, is "designed to expose students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today's real world environment." The Outlook Forum is scheduled for Feb. 25-26, 2016, in Arlington, Va.  

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    Zwick Seminar Schedule Announced 

    Spring semester is here, and with it comes a new line-up of speakers for the popular Seminar Series, sponsored by the Zwick Center. 

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    ARE Website Gets a New Look

    The newly redesigned ARE website was highlighted by Naturally@UConn for its improved functionality and flow.

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    Economist's Work Exerts International Influence

    This article highlights associate professor Farhed Shah's research into the multi-billion dollar global problem of sediment buildup in reservoirs formed by dams, and the software he and his collaborators developed to help policy makers deal with reservoir sedimentation.  

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    SNAP Participants Get Enough Calories, Insufficient Healthy Food

    Professor Tatiana Andreyeva's research with the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity was recently published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. 

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    Meet Undergraduate Colin Ng

    ARE undergraduate Colin Ng is involved in Undergraduate Student Government, the men's ultimate frisbee team, and the CAHNR Ambassador program! Read more about Colin at the link above.

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    Position Opening: ARE Assistant Professor

    The ARE Department is searching for an Assistant Professor for a tenure-track position with 60% extension, 25% research, and 15% teaching appointment, to begin August 23, 2016. Please see details at the link above to apply.

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    Local vs. Organic Products: Article by professor Ben Campbell in CAHNR Highlights of Extension

    The article by professor Ben Campbell evaluates consumer perceptions of both of these popular terms, and what those perceptions mean for produce retailers.

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    ARE graduate student combines philosophy, science, and economics to study agricultural development

    Jeremy Jelliffe investigates the economics of farming, the cost of agricultural products, and farmers' adoption of new technologies with an international development focus. 

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    What's Happening with Local? The Ins and Outs of Local Purchasing

    Professors Ben Campbell, Adam Rabinowitz, and Yizao Liu authored an article in the CT Farm Bureau Association newsletter, discussing consumer perceptions of the term "local."

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    Northeast Economic Engine: Agriculture, Forest Products and Commercial Fishing

    The data used in this Farm Credit East report is that of a study conducted by professors Rigoberto Lopez and Ben Campbell, with Ph.D. student Nataliya Plesha.

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    Professor Stephen Swallow, Ph.D. students featured for work in partnership with CESE

    Over 35 CAHNR faculty enjoy an affiliation with UConn’s Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, including ARE professor Stephen Swallow. 

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    Dr. Zwick Donates Half a Million to UConn for Zwick Center

    Dr. Charles J. Zwick signed his next major gift of $500,000 to UConn for the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy at a ceremony held on April 23 at the UConn Foundation. 

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    Professor Boris E. Bravo-Ureta Receives AAUP Research Excellence Award

    Boris E. Bravo-Ureta received the Research Excellence Award from the AAUP in a ceremony at the State Capitol Building in Hartford on April 6th. Boris has been a professor in the ARE Department since 1980.

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    Meet new faculty member Nathan Fiala

    Nathan Fiala began his appointment as assistant professor in August 2014. Before that, his work brought him to countries around the globe and particularly in Africa, including Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.

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    Professors Rigoberto Lopez and Adam Rabinowitz named co-editor and assistant coordinating editor for Agribusiness: An International Journal.

    Professor and Department Head Rigoberto Lopez was named co-editor of the prestigious international journal, and professor Adam Rabinowitz was named assistant coordinating editor.

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    Research by Professor Stephen Swallow highlighted in CAHNR 2014 Highlights of Research

    Professor Swallow's research for the Bobolink Project examines ways to support the public good while preserving the nesting habitat of the Bobolink bird.

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    Associate Professor and former Ph.D. student cited in the Wall Street Journal

    Former Ph.D. student Elena Castellari and ARE Associate Professor Chad Cotti were cited in a WSJ article for their research analyzing trends in beer sales in relation to the timing of food-stamp distribution.

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    We are offering assistantships for Ph.D. students with focus areas in:

    • Industrial Organization and Food Marketing
    • Environmental and Resource Economics
    • International Economic Development
    • Health Economics

    The deadline for application is January 15, 2015 for Fall semester admission.  Assistantship funding is available on a competitive basis.  For more information about ARE and the application process please visit program details and how to apply.

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    ARE is excited to welcome three new Assistant Professors!

    The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is excited to officially welcome three assistant professors: Charles Towe, Nathan Fiala and Richard Dunn.

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    Assistant Professor Ben Campbell's Consumer Eye Tracking Technology

    Assistant Professor and Extension Economist Ben Campbell conducts market research and promotes locally grown foods in Connecticut by using an eye tracking technology that can easily indicate to sellers and businesses what consumers are looking at in store displays.

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    Assistant Research Professor Interviewed by UCONN Today

    Assistant Research Professor and Zwick Center researcher Adam N. Rabinowitz was featured in UConn Today about rising food prices in the state of Connecticut.

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    Professor Rigoberto Lopez and Assistant Professor Yizao Liu were featured in UConn Today on their research on how social media engagement affects soda choice

    UConn researchers studying the impact of social media on soda purchasing choices found that the volume of conversations matters more than the sentiments expressed. 

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