The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
News from AEDE
October 2015

Welcome to the newsletter for Ohio State's Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE)! Your story submissions are welcome. Please email them to Nicole Pierron Rasul at

Letter from Tim Haab, AEDE Department Chair

We are in an exciting and transformational time in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Of course with change comes uncertainty, but more importantly, with change comes opportunity. While recognizing our past, AEDE will continue to strive to be one of the most forward-looking departments at Ohio State.

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Southgate, Thraen and Zulauf Retire

AEDE bids adieu to three outstanding long-serving faculty members who have recently retired from the department: Cameron Thraen, Douglas Southgate and Carl Zulauf. Thank you for your many years of service to AEDE!

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Meet AEDE’s Newest Faculty Member: Jon Einar Flåtnes

With the start of the 2015-2016 academic year, the department welcomed a new faculty member to its ranks: Jon Einar Flåtnes, a development economist, who joined AEDE as an Assistant Professor. Learn more about  Dr. Flåtnes in our Q&A with him.

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EEDS Program and AEDE Student Service Center Changes

The department recently announced changes to the team that supports AEDE student services with a new leadership role for Gina Hnytka and a new undergraduate coordinator role for Holly Hall. The AEDE Student Service Center, which launched in early 2014, provides academic support services to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in AEDE’s programs.

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Ani Katchova Elected to AAEA Executive Board

Ani Katchova begins her three-year term on the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Executive Board. Dr. Katchova is an AEDE Associate Professor, Director of Ohio State's Center for Cooperatives and Ohio State's Farm Income Enhancement Chair.

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November 6
The 2018/2019 Farm Bill: An Early Assessment
December 4
Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital: Are they Assets or Liabilities?
December 7
Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series - Dean's Preview Meeting