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Walden honored for agriculture economics role

The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) and the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators (NAAEA) recognized Congressman Greg Walden (R- Ore. 2nd District) by presenting him the 2013 Friend of Agricultural Economics Award for his employment of economics to policy issues involving agriculture, natural resources, food and nutrition topics.

The Friend of Agricultural Economics Award is presented biennially to members of Congress for their support of economics research, extension, education and reasoning. Award recipients are nominated by Departments of Agricultural Economics from across the country and voted on by leaders of the profession, a press release stated.

The C-FARE Chair, Dr. Damona Doye from Oklahoma State University acknowledged Walden for “his appreciation of the application of economics to policy issues involving agriculture, natural resources, food and nutrition topics.” She went on to say, “Our profession is grateful to Congressman Walden for his continued efforts to use economic analysis to improve public policy.”

Walden is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Since 2012, he has also served as the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Dr. Susan Capalbo of Oregon State University nominated Walden, stating, “In his role as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and as a leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, Greg brings free market principles to policy. He uses his small business experience to influence beneficial pro-growth economic and agricultural policy.”

“I am honored to receive this award. I work hard to promote Oregon’s agriculture and better manage our forests so we can grow jobs in rural Oregon,” Walden said.

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