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Meet undergraduate Carina Immer

Carina Immer

Carina Immer

With her eyes set on a possible future in the food industry, Carina Immer helped organize an international food festival. In addition, she works with a sustainable coffee company to better the lives of workers living in Nicaragua. Raised in Fairfield, Immer enjoys traveling and working outdoors. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? The agricultural economics major was attractive, and the in-state tuition was appealing to me. I visited some lectures at UConn when I was in high school and found many of the professors interesting. I hit it off with CAHNR and knew I wanted to be there.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I chose applied and resource economics because I feel that it reflects my personality really well. It is well rounded, interdisciplinary and covers many aspects, such as politics, business and sustainable development.

I am also minoring in Latin American studies, which I think is important in an age of globalization and international trade. This minor complements my agricultural studies well because I am interested in labor rights and agricultural development in Central America. (more…)

Economist seeks to determine the contribution of food and agriculture industries to US economy

Richard Dunn

Richard Dunn

Richard Dunn, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the economics of obesity; in 2015 he was a plenary speaker on the topic at the International Health Economics Association Biennial World Congress in Milan, Italy. Prior to arriving at UConn in 2014, he established an extensive research portfolio focused on how the economic environment influences risky health behaviors. For example, he recently published an article that connected declines in the stock market to increases in smoking, alcohol abuse and poor mental health. Another project demonstrated that the Great Recession caused alcohol purchases and drunk driving fatalities to increase.

Dunn is now embarking on an ambitious long-term project to compile and analyze federal administrative and survey data to document the contribution of food and agriculture industries (FAI) to the US economy. Statutory reporting requirements generate a wealth of information about the economic activity at US businesses. This data is a valuable resource that can inform policy decisions, improve production efficiency, increase the competitiveness of US firms and better guide economic development in rural America.

Although the United States Department of Agriculture collects extensive information about on-farm activity, they do not compile data on other segments of the food and fiber supply chain. Rather, these sectors are the responsibility of the Census Bureau. Without a mandate to systematically coordinate reporting across all the economic sectors that constitute the supply chain (on-farm production, manufacturing, warehousing, wholesaling, professional and business services, transportation, retailing and food services), the contribution of food and agriculture to the US economy will be underappreciated.

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CAHNR in the news

newsprintSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

Health Medicine Network. 11-13-16. Described a public health campaign to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks, which was part of a research project. Co-authors of the study include Tatiana Andreyeva, an associate professor in agricultural and resource economics, Jennifer Harris, an associate professor in allied health sciences and Xun Li, a research scholar in agricultural and resource economics. The researchers used objective retail sales data to measure the campaign’s effectiveness. See also Baltimore Sun. 11-13-16, Capitol Bay. 11-16-16 and UPI, 11-17-16.

Statesman Journal. 11-13-16. Highlighted a grant program to help selected schools with funding for athletic trainers in order to increase high school athlete safety. Department of Kinesiology Professor Douglas Casa was quoted in the article, and the Korey Stringer Institute is a partner in the effort. (more…)

Agricultural economist studies voting and farming legislation

John Bovay

John Bovay

This fall, the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics welcomed a new faculty member, Assistant Professor John Bovay. As an agricultural economist and outreach educator, he brings years of experience researching agricultural policies and the food supply chain, including labeling, imports, safety, waste and animal welfare. In his previous work with the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and the USDA Economic Research Service, he assisted farmers, businesses and policy makers. At UConn, Bovay is engaging in teaching, research, and extension, applying his economic knowledge to educate students in sustainable agribusiness management and continuing to explore new ways to help farmers and growers and legislators.

Part of Bovay’s research investigates the economic effects of farming legislation and the role of economic incentives in determining voter preferences for agricultural regulation. On November 8, Massachusetts voters will decide on Question 3, a measure that sets minimum size requirements for farm animal containment. The ballot question concerns restricting the sale of veal, pork and eggs when animals are kept in spaces that prevent them from standing up, lying down, extending their limbs or turning around.

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CAHNR in the news

photo of newsprintSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. Select the bold text names to see the articles. The roman text links go to additional information.

New York Times. 10-6-16. Quoted Tatiana Andreyeva about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children’s efforts to improve dietary intake among WIC participants. Andreyeva, the co-author of a related study, found positive results. She is an associate professor in agricultural and resource economics.

The Huffington Post. 10-13-16. Ran an article about government food programs, which included comments by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics’ Associate Professor Tatiana Andreyeva. (more…)