Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Agriculture and Food Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers written by Alisha Bower (MPA ’16) while she was an international agriculture intern in Lima, Peru. The papers focus on biotechnology, climate change, and trade issues related to Peru’s agricultural industries as the country’s new president – Pedro Pablo Kuczynski – assumed office.

La Follette School economist Emilia Tjernström has received two grants to investigate issues related to food security and agricultural inputs in Kenya.

2011 alum Jonny Hunter received the Forward under 40 award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association for his innovative Underground Food Collective and work in food policy.

Rather than being incarcerated, at-risk teen boys are learning how to grow and sell organic vegetables, practice good financial skills, and market and sell products, thanks in part to Katie Herrem's work with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The La Follette School Student Association is running a food drive through Second Harvest's Share Your Holidays campaign through Tuesday, December 2.

Alisha Bower has a plan that will take her to Latin America and then bring her home to the United States, ultimately to run a farm. "I want to work in international agriculture development," the first-year student says, "then I will return to the U.S., put down roots and work on sustainable agriculture issues, eventually transitioning into farming myself."

The La Follette School has nominated two recent graduates as 2015 Forward under 40 honorees.

To help specialists in Nigeria better advise the Ministry of Agriculture about food security, Ulrike Nischan applied what she learned at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Alum David Radtke is using his decades of agriculture and international policy experience to help the Republic of Congo establish large mechanized farms.

Lindsay Read's career has been just the right blend of domestic and international, letting her explore how U.S. public policies affect people from other countries and how other nations approach their domestic programs.

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