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

As another semester comes to an end, and another calendar year turns, I continue to be grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the students, staff and faculty of AEDE. As Department Chair, I have the opportunity to serve an outstanding group of faculty and staff; watch as they change the way others think; challenge others to examine their preconceived notions; cause others to grow in their confidence and their knowledge. If you have the opportunity this holiday season, I encourage you to...

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SUSTAINS: Ohio State's Sustainability Learning Community

Did you know that an AEDE staff member had a critical role in bringing an innovative sustainability learning program that operates outside of the classroom to Ohio State students? SUSTAINS (Students Understanding Sustainability and Taking Action to Improve Nature and Society) is an Ohio State learning community targeted at undergraduates studying or interested in the environment. Gina Hnytka, an AEDE staff member, is one of the founders of SUSTAINS and currently oversees programming for the...

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Faggian Named the 2015 Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award Winner by the North American Regional Science Council

Professor Alessandra Faggian was recently named the 2015 Geoffrey J.D. Hewings award winner at the 62nd annual North American meeting of the Regional Science Association International. The award, which was named in honor of Professor Geoffrey J.D. Hewings who introduced numerous graduate students to the study of regional science and mentored them as young scholars, recognizes distinguished contributions to regional science research by scholars who have completed their doctoral studies in the...

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AEDE Profiles: Jack Willoughby

We recently sat down with AEDE master’s program student Jack Willoughby, a Princeton, New Jersey native and First Team Academic All-American on the Ohio State football team, to talk all things football, applied economics, and life after graduation. Check out our Q & A with the kicker who will begin consulting work at McKinsey & Company in New York City when he graduates from our applied economics program in the spring. 

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2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Series

The 2015-2016 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series kicked off on the Ohio State campus on Dec. 7th. The event initiates a series of local meetings to be held statewide, featuring presentations by AEDE experts on matters the agricultural community should expect in 2016, including policy changes and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment. Speakers at this year's kick-off included: Mark Partridge, Matt Roberts, Ian Sheldon, Brent Sohngen, Ani...

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International Trade Economist: Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Boost U.S Agriculture

After seven years of negotiations, 12 nations agreed to terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in early October. While each country now needs to ratify the agreement for it to be put into effect, Ian Sheldon, Ohio State’s Andersons Professor of International Trade, said TPP could significantly boost the market potential for American farmers and other small-business owners. Several institutions are forecasting impressive economic growth under TPP, including a possible 6.6...

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