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Harold M. Harris, Jr. (1999)

One of Hal Harris' favorite quotations is, "For every difficult problem there is an easy solution---that won't work." Helping individuals and groups ask the right questions, work through alternative solutions, and studying their probable consequences has been the focus of Hal's extension education programs for 29 years. National leadership in public policy is the hallmark of his distinguished career. His expertise related to national food, agricultural and trade issues is sought by the U.S. Congress, state legislators and farm group leadership. He is an outstanding communicator who stimulates citizens to understand the implications of policy issues and become involved in the policy process. Harris received a B.S in agricultural administration and M.S in agricultural economics from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University. He has spent his career as an extension educator with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Clemson University. Hal has served on the National Public Policy Education Committee, including chairing the group. He was an active participant in each of the NPPEC omnibus farm bill projects, co-chairing the effort for the 1996 farm bill, a member of the public issues education task force and currently serving on the animal waste task force. Currently he is President-elect of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.




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