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Title: FREDispatch ; vol. 5 no. 1
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Creator: Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2008
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FRE Says Good-bye to
In 2007, the UF Food and Resource Economics
Department bid farewell to several distinguished
faculty. Richard Beilock, Calton Davis, Robert
Degner, Robert Emerson, Gary Fairchild,
Tim Hewitt, Clyde Kiker, Burl Long, and PJ
VanBlokland and Ron Ward.
Dr. Richard Beilock began his work with the
University of Florida in February of 1981. His
professional interests focused on transportation
and logistics, marketing, enterprise development,
international trade, privatization and land
reform, and humanitarian assistance. Dr.
Bielock served as instructor for numerous
courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Dr. Beilock was the recipient of more i million
dollars in research grants and held multiple
consultancies while on faculty at UF.
Dr. Carlton Davis came to the department in
1970 and was named a Distinguished Professor
in 1990. Dr. Davis' research interests covered
topics in international trade and development,
Carribbean agro-economic issues, and food and
agricultural policy. He has taught courses at
both the graduate and undergraduate level. His
honors include being given the Distinquished
Professional Contribution Award by the
Carribbean Agro Economics Society, the George
Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame
Award by Tuskegee University, and the Lifetime
Achievement Award by the Southern Agricultural
Economics Association.
Dr. Robert Degner joined FRED in 1976. Dr.
Degner has focused on marketing research
and extension, particularly on agricultural and

Distinguished Faculty

marine marketing problems.
For many years in the department, he had
a significant extension responsibility which
required development of educational programs
and materials for agricultural and marine
audiences. Dr. Degner has worked with
numerous other faculty members as well as
a number of other institutions, agencies, and
industry groups. He has collaborated with three
other Florida universities, five federal agencies,
seven state agencies, 25 industry groups and
four private firms. Dr. Degner also worked on a
total of 75 projects which brought in more than
$3.34 million dollars in extramural funding.
Dr. Robert Emerson joined the UF FRE faculty
in 1971. Dr. Emerson has taught many graduate
and undergraduate courses. His research has
included work on agricultural labor markets and
the increasing presence of foreign workers in
agriculture. His work has resulted in research
methodology developed and implemented for
the Florida Department of Labor. His research
has resulted in findings that have greatly
impacted research focused on immigration
policy. Dr. Emerson's projects have been funded
by the US Department of Agriculture, the US
Department of Labor, Florida Department
of Labor and Employment Security, and the
Rockefeller Foundation.
Dr. Gary Fairchild joined the department in
1971. Dr. Fairchild has had a major impact on
the undergrad and graduate teaching programs


From left to right Gary Fairchild, P.J. van Blokland, Burl Long, Robert Emerson, Clyde Kiker, Ron Ward,
Robert Degner,and Tim Hewitt (not pictured Richard Beilock and Carlton Davis)

Welcome to our latest issue of FREDispatch. As you can see in this issue, 200oo7 was an
eventful year for FRED. In addition to our new faculty hire in 2006 (Mike Gunderson),
we added six new faculty. Brief biographical sketches of our new faculty are found
elsewhere in this newsletter. Maria Pilar Useche (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin)
holds a joint appointment with the Center for Latin American Studies and will work in
international economic development. Laila Racevskis (Ph.D., Michigan State University)
will direct the Natural Resource Leadership Institute (NRLI), a highly successful
program recently led by Burl Long. She will also work in land economics and natural resource policy. Jennifer Clark
(M.S., University of Florida) is Lecturer and is teaching and advising undergraduate students. Alfonso Flores-Lagunes
(Ph.D., Ohio State University) came to us from the University of Arizona. Alfonso will teach econometrics and conduct
research in the area of production economics. His wife, Carmen Carrion-Flores (Ph.D., University of Arizona) also teach
econometrics and conduct research related to natural resource economics. Zhifeng Gao (Ph.D., Kansas State University)
is an Assistant Research Scientist who will teach at the graduate level and conduct research related to consumer demand
and agricultural marketing. Our newest faculty member is Tatiana Borosova (Ph.D., Penn State University) who will
work in water economics.
At the same time we bid good-by to Donna Lee, Associate Professor, Damian Adams, Lecturer, and Richard Beilock,
Professor who resigned in 2007. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.
The year 2007 also marked the year of a large number of retirements. Six faculty in Gainesville along with two off-
campus faculty, all of which have been with FRED for many years retired. They are Clyde Kiker, natural resource
economics; Robert Degner, Director of the Florida Agricultural Market Research Center; Carlton Davis, Distinguished
Professor who worked in international development; Robert Emerson, econometrics and labor economics; Gary Farichild,
marketing and trade policy; and Ronald Ward, econometrics and marketing. Off-campus faculty retiring are Tim Hewitt
who was located at Mariana and worked in farm management, and P.J. van Blokland, director of the FRED program at Ft.
Pierce. All of these individuals had 30+ years of service at the University of Florida and will be sorely missed.
So as we transition to new faculty, we still remain committed to provide the best in teaching, research, and extension
programs related to the economics of issues confronting the Florida agricultural and natural resource sector.
Please let know your thoughts about the Dispatch as we try to find ways to keep you informed about the activities
of FRED. Please feel free to send your thoughts and ideas to They are greatly appreciated.
Go Gators.


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in the department by teaching over 86
sections of eight different courses including
but not limited to Contemporary Issues,
International Trade Policy, International
Agribusiness Marketing (undergrad and
graduate) Agricultural and Food Marketing,
and Public Policy and the Agribusiness Firm.
He has served on a total of iii graduate
student committees filling the role of chair
or co chair of 60 graduate committees.
He has served as mentor for countless
undergraduate and graduate students as well
as serving as the advisor to the Master of
Agribusiness Student Organization and the
Student Agricultural Council. He has been
recognized for excellence in teaching by the
SAEA, AAEA, the UF College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences and was named the
University of Florida Teacher of the Year in
Tim Hewitt joined the UF FRE Faculty in
1977. He has been working as Professor and
Extension Economist at the North Florida
Research and Education Center since then.
His extension appointment focused on farm
management and his work has resulted
in the development of an extension farm
management educational program directed
toward Florida's agricultural clientele to
improve the knowledge, understanding, and
application of farm management techniques
for making more informed farm decisions.
He has published three book chapters, 17
articles in professional journals over 50
abstracts, over ioo extension publications,
over 200 newspaper articles, over 175
extension mimeographs, over 60 popular

articles, and numerous radio and television
Dr. Burl Long began his career with the
University of Florida in 1985. Dr. Long's
research has focused on land and water
resource economics and policy, community
development, rural entrepreneurship,
and agricultural land preservation and
taxation. Dr. Long served as Undergraduate
Coordinator of the department from
1985-1996 and from 200oo-2004. He has
taught several thousand undergraduate
students and served as academic and
career advisor to countless others. Dr.
Long helped initiate and served as Faculty
Program Advisor for the Wedgeworth
Leadership Institute (formerly Florida
Leadership Program for Agriculture and
Natural Resources) until 2oo6 and also
served as a founding member and Director
of the Florida Natural Resources Leadership
Dr. Clyde Kiker came to UF ini974. His
work with graduate students and teaching
program has largely involved fostering
the development of the field of ecological
economics. His research program has
focused on generating pragmatic and
practice information and approaches
useful in merging ecological and economic
analysis for decision processes. He has
taught Introduction to Natural Resource
and Environmental Economics, Ecological
Economics, and Environmental and Natural
Resource Economics Seminar. Dr. Kiker's
work in field of ecological economics has
been interdisciplinary in nature and involved
faculty and graduate students in other

Dr. P.J. van Blokland joined the FRE
department in 1976. Dr. van Blokland has
written over 750 publication and provided
200 broadcasts in various areas of expertise.
He has instructed over 25000 students and
served on over 250 graduate committees.
Courses taught include graduate and
undergraduate sections in management,
finance, investing, economics and futures
markets. Dr. van Blokland has also served
on many different international, national,
state, local and university committees. In
most recent years, Dr. van Blockland has
served in an administrative capacity as
the Program Director of the Indian River
Research and Education Center in Fort
Pierce, FL. During his time in Ft. Pierce,
many of the courses he has taught were
delivered via distance education.
Dr. Ron Ward started his career at UF in
1970. While at UF, most of his work has
included research and graduate teaching.
His research program has focused largely
on agricultural marketing, emphasizing the
economics of commodity advertising both
domestically and internationally. Graduate
teaching included primary responsibility for
the graduate Industrial Organization course
and Econometrics. Dr. Ward has given many
guest lectures, specifically since 1988 he has
give graduate lectures in Zaragoza Spain.
He has also served as a graduate advisor
for many students. Dr. Ward has been
recognized for his excellence in teaching
by Gamma Sigma Delta, the Graduate
Student Organization, and has also received
two AAEA Quality of Research awards. In
addition, two of Dr. Ward's students have
received the AAEA Best Thesis award.

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Dr. Richard Kilmer Earns SAEA
Lifetime Achievement Award
UF Food and Resource Economics Professor
Richard Kilmer received the 2007 Southern
Agricultural Economics Association's
lifetime achievement award for enduring
contributions to the agricultural economics
profession. He received at the group's
annual meeting in Mobile, Ala last February.
It is the organization's highest award. While
at the University of Florida, Dr. Kilmer's
research in agricultural marketing has been
in the commodity areas of dairy, citrus, and
vegetables. His most recent research has
dealt with the development of a bargaining
framework for the negotiation process
between a milk marketing cooperative and
fluid milk-processing plants. A generalized
axiomatic Nash-bargaining model is used
to investigate the price negotiation process.
His research in agricultural marketing
has resulted in 178 publications and 38
abstracts, which include one co-authored
book and one co-authored, edited book; 44
refereed journal articles; over $1.4 million in
contracts and grants; and 66 presentations
as presenter and/or co-author or moderator
at professional meetings and conferences.
Dr. Kilmer has taught price analysis and
quantitative methods at the undergraduate
level and microeconomics and agricultural
marketing at the graduate level. He has
chaired 33 graduate students, served on
58 other graduate committees, and served
as the Food and Resource Economics
Department's graduate coordinator from
Dr. Charles Moss receives Quality of
Research Discovery Award
Two Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences economists and two economists
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Economic Research Service have received the
prestigious "Quality of Research Discovery
Award" from the American Agricultural
Economics Association at its annual meeting
in Portland.
Charles Moss, a professor with UF's food
and resource economics department, and
Grigorios Livanis, a former postdoctoral
student in the department, shared the award
with co-authors Vincent Breneman and
Richard Nehring at the USDA's Economic
Research Service in Washington, D.C.
Livanis is now an adjunct professor in
the College of Business Administration at
Northeastern University in Boston. The
award was presented July 31 for their article,
"Urban Sprawl and Farmland Prices," in

the November 2006 issue of the Journal of
Agricultural Economics.
Dr. James Sters receives SAEA Teaching
Dr. James Sterns received the 2007
SAEA Outstanding Teaching of a Course
Award for his AEB 3300 Principles of
Agricultural and Food Marketing Course.
This course seeks to stimulate each student's
understanding of the entire marketing
system for food and agricultural products
from consumption back to production and
agricultural inputs. Dr. Sterns joins past
UF recipients, Dr. Lisa House, Dr. Gary
Fairchild, Dr. Tim Taylor, Dr. Karl Kepner,
and Dr. Michael Olexa.
Dr. Lisa House named
Director, AAEA
Dr. Lisa House was recently named a
Director of the 2007-2008 American
Agricultural Economics Association
Executive Board. The AAEA is governed by
an elected President, a six member Board
of Directors, the President-elect, and the
immediate Past President. Dr. House's term
will last until 2010.
Dr. Allen Wysocki named
Director, SAEA
Dr. Allen Wysocki was recently named a
Director of the SAEA Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee consists of a
President, Past President, President Elect,
three Directors and an appointed Secretary
Treasurer. Dr. Wysocki's term as SAEA
Director will last for three years.


In November of 2007, the FRE
department said Goodbye to Nancy
Baker, undergraduate program
assistant. Mrs. Baker retired
after nearly 21 years of service to
the University of Florida. Nancy
served as program assistant to the
undergraduate program and was very
involved in our student organizations
such as NAMA, Academic Quiz Bowl
and the Ag Econ Club. Nancy will be
missed by our students and will always
be remembered for her smiling face
and kind words.

Dr. Tatiana Borisova joined the FRE faculty
in January 2008. Her research interests
are water economics and policy, use and
allocation, and issues at the rural/urban
interface. Tatiana (or Tanya nickname)
received her BS in Economics, Management,
and Engineering for Energy Sector from
Samara State Polytechnic University (Russia),
MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy
from Central European University (Hungary),
and PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and
Regional Economics from Pennsylvania State
University (State College, PA). While working
as a post-doc and research assistant professor
in West Virginia University, she was involved
in research and extension projects related
to water quality policies and non-market
valuation, aquaculture, pasture-based beef
production, and food and nutrition.
Dr. Carmen Carri6n-Flores joined the
FRE faculty in July 2007. She is a recent
Ph.D. graduate from the University of
Arizona, and her fields of specialization
are: Natural Resources, Labor Economics
and Econometrics. Her research interests
also include Regional Economics. Current
research examines the role of environmental
policy in spurring environmental research
and development expenditures and, in turn,
reducing air emissionsIn the area of regional
economics, Dr. Carri6n-Flores explores the
nature of residential land use conversion
in the rural urban interface, as well as the
effectiveness of zoning on deterring rural
land use conversion.Dr. Carri6n-Flores will be
teaching graduate econometrics and classes
in the natural resources and environmental
economics area. She is already involved in
advising graduate students from FRE and
Latin American Studies, where she holds a
courtesy appointment. Carmen completed
her B.A. Studies in Monterrey, Mexico and
also holds a M.S. Degree from Ohio State
Jennifer L. Clark joined the FRE department
in July 2007 as a lecturer with a 1oo%
teaching appointment after having completed
her Master of Science degree in FRE at the
University of Florida. Her undergraduate
teaching curriculum focuses on applied data
analysis methods and computer applications
in AEB 3550, Data Analysis in Food and
Resource Economics, as well as relating

microeconomic concepts to real-world
applications in AEB 4334, Agricultural
Price Analysis and Consumer Behavior.
Her experience using scenario simulation
software and financial spreadsheet modeling
with applications for agricultural production
systems has developed into an inclination
for incorporating technology as a teaching
tool for statistical and microeconomic
agricultural problems. Plans to include
technology in the classroom involve utilizing
current course website programming for
developing dynamic learning opportunities
for FRE students.
Dr. Zhifeng Gao joined the FRE Department
in October of 2007 as an Assistant Research
Scientist. Dr. Gao's research interests
focus on consumer preferences for
various attributes of product and services,
the effect of factors that influence the
estimation of consumer stated preferences,
policy impacts on consumers and market
structures, and application of duality
theory in production efficiency an market
power estimation. Dr. Gao is also currently
teaching Microeconomics Theory II. He is
a recent graduate of Kansas State University
earning his phd in Economics, focusing
on Agricultural Economics. He received
his Masters of Science in Management in
July 2002, from Beijing Forestry University
and received his Bachelors of Science in
Engineering in July of 1998 from Harbin
Engineering University, in Harbin,
Heilongjiang, China.
Dr. Alfonso Flores-Lagunes joined the
FRE faculty in July 2007. He is an applied
econometrician joining us from the
University of Arizona, where he spent five
years as assistant professor of economics.
His research is on methods for causal
inference, spatial econometrics, evaluation
of government programs, economics of
education, and the efficiency of monetary
policy. Some of his current research
evaluates the federal Job Corps program,
a residential training program targeted
at disadvantaged youth, which has been
found to be ineffective for Hispanic
youth. Dr. Flores-Lagunes is responsible
for teaching econometrics at the graduate
level and advising graduate students. A

native from Mexico, Alfonso completed
his undergraduate degree at the Monterrey
Institute of Technology and his M.S. and
Ph.D. in economics at The Ohio State
University. He has been a visiting scholar
at the Central Bank of Mexico, The Ohio
State University, and a fellow at Princeton
University's Industrial Relations Section.
Dr. Laila Racevskis joined the FRE
Department in January 2007 as an assistant
professor with a joint appointment in
the School of Natural Resources and
Environment. Her research interests
include nonmarket valuation of ecosystem
services, land use economics and policy,
and human dimensions of natural resource
management. She serves as Director of the
Natural Resources Leadership Institute and
also develops workshops and educational
materials on land use and natural resource
issues in Florida. Current projects include
development of workshops using GIS
visualization tools, a comparative analysis
of agricultural and conservation land
preservation programs, and development
of a workshop series aimed at improving
regional understanding and awareness of
urban/rural interface issues in Florida.
She is currently developing projects on
incentives for ecosystem service provision
and the relationship between landowner
characteristics and land use patterns. Laila
holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics
from Michigan State University and two
degrees from The Ohio State University,
an M.S. in Agricultural, Environmental
and Development Economics and a B.A. in
French and International Studies.
Dr. Pilar Useche is Assistant Professor
of Food and Resource Economics and
Latin American Studies at the University
of Florida. Her areas of interest include
technology adoption and innovation, as
well as environment and development
issues in developing countries (especially
in Latin America). She holds doctoral and
master degrees in Applied and Agricultural
Economics from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Previous to her doctoral
studies, she studied Natural Resource and
Environmental Economics at the masters
level, as part of a joint program between
University of Maryland and University of Los
Andes-Bogota, Colombia. Her B.A. degree
is in Economics. Dr. Useche currently
holds a grant from the Illinois-Missouri
biotechnology alliance to conduct research
on the adoption of genetically modified
crops and on the willingness to pay for crop
traits by farmers. Other active research
includes the ambiguity in agricultural
decision-making processes, drinking-water
use patterns in developing countries, and
the equity and efficiency impacts of policy
reforms in Latin America.

FRE Student named Cleveland
Golf All American Scholar

University of Florida Sports Information

FRE Junior Manuel Villegas (Medellin,
Colombia) was one
of 0oo NCAA Division I golfers named
to the Cleveland Golf All-America
Scholars list announced by the Golf
Coaches Association of America
(GCAA) on Thursday.

Villegas appeared in 12 tournaments last
season, including a
first-place medal at the SunTrust Gator
Invitational on Feb. 1o-11. This
marks the second academic award gar-
nered this off season along with his
third SEC Academic Honor Roll selec-
tion of his career. Villegas is
currently majoring in food and resource

Richard Treis was the last Gator to be
honored by the GCAA in 2005.
This is the third award for a member of
the Villegas family, including
Manuel's brother Camilo earning back-
to-back All-America Scholar
honors in 2003 and 2004.

Juniors and seniors with a 3.2 minimum
cumulative grade-point average
are eligible to be a Cleveland Golf All-
America Scholar. In addition,
Division I athletes must obtain under a
76.0 stroke average.

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FRE Alumni named "Friend
of Agricultural Economics"

U.S. representative and FRE Alum-
ni from Florida has been recog-
nized as one of two "2007 Friends
of Agricultural Economics" for his
appreciation of economics as ap-
plied to policy issues involving agri-
culture, natural resources, food and
The Council on Food, Agricultural
and Resource Economics (C-FARE)
named Rep. Adam Putnam one of
its two friends. Connecticut Rep.
Rosa DeLauro also earned the honor.
The reception was held Sept. 18 in
Washington, D.C. IFAS agricultural
economist Tom Spreen, who is vice
president of the National Association
of Agricultural Economics Admin-
istrators (NAAEA), nominated Put-
nam for the award.
Putnam serves on the Capital Mar-
kets, Insurance and Government
Sponsored Enterprises subcom-
mittee of the U.S. House Finan-
cial Services Committee. Putnam
is a UF graduate with a degree in
food and resource economics. Be-
fore being elected to Congress, he
worked in his family's citrus and
cattle business. He also served
four years in the Florida House of
The reception was held in con-
nection with the NAAEA's bian-
nual meeting on economics poli-
cies and funding issues important
to researchers and agricultural
C-FARE is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to strengthening the na-
tional presence of the agricultural
economics profession

The University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department invites you to attend the

4th Annual Golf Tournament and Reunion Dinner on Friday April 4, 2008.
The tournament will be held at the University of Florida Golf Course in Gainesville, FL. Proceeds of this event will be allocated
to th FRE Student Enhancement Fund. These funds help support our National Agri Marketing Association team, the Agricultur-
al Economics Club, and the Academic Quiz Bowl Team.

Golf Tournament Information
The Mark Bostick Golf Course as the University of Florida
2800 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32611

Friday, April 4, 2008
Check in 12:oo noon
i:oo pm Shotgun Start

Fee: $55 single, $200 foursome $35 student rate
Includes golf cart, range balls, and boxed lunch at check in.


Reunion Dinner

Florida Farm Bureau
5700 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL

Dinner to be served with special awards
and NAMA presentation to follow.

Fee; $12.50 per guest.
Students Free

Last Name First Name Company Name

Mailing Address City State Zip

Daytime Phone

Email Address

Will you be joining us for the Reunion Dinner?
If reserving a foursome and not all player names are known at this time, the person listed above is responsible for directing team-
mates to the course and providing players names on Friday, April 4.
i. Teamate I pay Teammate Pays Dinner Y/N
2. Teamate I pay Teammate Pays Dinner Y/N
3. Teamate I pay Teammate Pays Dinner Y/N
$ $ $

$ $ $ $_
Golfers + Dinner + Other Donation = Total

All payments for the golf tournament must be made prior to the tournament. Pay-
ment must be made via check or money order made payable to IFAS or FRE Share.
Include Golf Tournament on memo line of your checks.

Mail or fax this form:
Amanda Stull Saha, FRE Golf Tournament
P.O. Box 110240 Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone 352-392-1826 x 302
Fax 352-846-0988

University of Florida
Food and Resource Economics Department
McCarty Hall
PO Box 110240
Gainesville, FL 32611-0240

C i,,i, *of Agricultural
and Life Sciences


Thomas Spreen
Department Chair

David Mulkey
Associate Department Chair

David Barber
Undergraduate Coordinator

Undergraduate Program Assistant

Jeff Burkhardt
Graduate Program Coordinator

Al Wysocki
Master of Agribusiness Coordinator

Jessica Herman
Graduate Program Assistant
352.392.1826 x 200

Amanda Stull Saha
Coordinator, Alumni and Career Services

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