Academic journal article Agricultural and Resource Economics Review

Distinguished Member Award

Academic journal article Agricultural and Resource Economics Review

Distinguished Member Award

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This award recognizes members who have made continuous and outstanding contributions to the Association, the region, and the profession. The award recognizes members for significant recent professional achievement in the context of an overall meritorious record. Recipients must be members in good standing and be nominated by three other members. A recipient can receive the award more than once, based on recent achievements.

Stephen Smith is a professor of agricultural and regional economics, and head of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department in Pennsylvania State University's College of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Smith was also director of Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development, and coordinated the Community and Economic Development graduate program.

Dr. Smith received a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia from 1967 to 1969, then went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1971 and 1974, respectively. In 1976 and 1977 he served as economic and resource planning analyst for the Wisconsin Office of State Planning and Energy. That was followed by nine years at the University of Idaho, where, in 1981, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Associated Students of the University of Idaho. …

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