Charles Ling Named USDA Economist of the Year
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA Rural Development agricultural economist Charles Ling has received the USDA Economist Group 's "Economist of the Year" award, which recognizes his outstanding work to foster greater understanding and use of dairy cooperatives.
"Dr. Ling exemplifies the ways in which USDA employees work tirelessly to help businesses and improve the lives of rural residents," Vilsack said. "The technical assistance he has provided to cooperatives has helped them improve their economic well-being and service to their members."
Ling received the award at a ceremony at USDA headquarters in Washington D.C. Ling provides the only source of comprehensive information on the marketing operations of the nation 's dairy cooperatives, information which has proven useful in policy and research analysis. Especially noteworthy is Ling s work to calculate the cost of manufacturing cheese, butter and milk powder in cooperatively owned plants.
The award citation notes that Ling "is an unsung hero who has fostered understanding and use of dairy cooperatives. His wide-ranging research and technical assistance has provided exceptional information to U.S. dairy cooperatives to better serve their member-farmers. …