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AFRE assistant professor awarded Outstanding JARE Reviewer Award

Congratulations to Melissa McKendree, Michigan State University (MSU) assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE) with a joint appointment in MSU Extension, who received the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (JARE) Outstanding Reviewer Award from JARE and the Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA). Melissa was honored for her excellence in reviewing at the annual WAEA meeting in Anchorage Alaska, on June 26. Read more about Melissa’s work and her award on the AFRE website.

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New Extension papers explore municipal bankruptcy

In this unsteady economy, the chances of a city undergoing bankruptcy increases. Never reaching that point would seem to be the ideal goal for any municipality. However, cities and other districts may need to resort to bankruptcy when other methods fail to lift them out of debt.

To better understand Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, Michigan State University Extension conducted a simulation exercise based on historical data from a U.S. city and recently put out a staff paper presenting the lessons learned from that exercise.

Find “Chapter 9 Bankruptcy: Simulation Exercise Staff Paper” and its companion white paper on the MSU Extension website at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/municipal_bankrupty.

MSU Extension specialist and MSU Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) faculty member Dr. Eric Scorsone, MSU Extension specialist Nicolette Bateson, and MSU College of Law graduate student and graduate assistant in AFRE Amanda Wright wrote the staff paper. Amanda also authored the white paper.

Read more about the paper and municipal bankruptcy here.

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IPM presents solutions for pesky aphids

When aphids invaded American soybean fields in 2000, scientists across the country quickly began looking for ways to control the imported pest. All told, state and federal governments spent more than $17 million on research and education aimed at keeping aphids under control.

Scott Swinton, professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, says it’s money well spent. The net economic benefit of the work done to find integrated pest management (IPM) solutions should reach $1.3 billion over 15 years, he figures. That’s an annual rate of return of 180 percent. Read more.

Hats off to the many MSU Extension educators and specialist who helped find a resolution to this pesky problem.

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