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Ronald D. Knutson (1998)

Ron Knutson is arguably the most productive policy educator of his generation. He has written more than 600 articles, book chapters, Extension reports, workshop proceedings and other publications over his 30-year career. His writings have covered such varied topics as international trade, food policy, rural development, domestic farm policy, marketing and policy process, and methodology. Knutson earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University. Ron served on the agricultural economics faculty at Purdue University and as administrator of the USDA’s Farmer Cooperative Service before joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1975. In 1988, he established the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M. The Center has provided quality research and educational materials on every important agricultural policy issue of the past decade, including the much used policy options publications for the past three farm bills. National leadership in public policy education has been the hallmark of Knutson’s distinguished career. He devotes much of his time to increasing the understanding of policy issues for a broad range of audiences: public officials, commodity groups, chief executive officers, boards of directors, producers, other faculty and students. His expertise has been sought by the U.S. Congress and the Secretary of Agriculture. He is an outstanding communicator who stimulates citizens to understand the implications of policy issues and to become involved in the policy process.
Knutson received the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) Distinguished Extension Program Award in 1983 and 1991, the AAEA Quality of Communication Award in 1987, and the AAEA Distinguished Policy Contribution Award in 1997. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association in 1995.




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