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Family Firms and Policy
Department of Agricultural Economics
Tobacco buyout program caused a structural change in economy of Kentucky This project examines the effect of Tobacco Buyout on i) family businesses ii) and the consequent, indirect effects on communities.
2011 Project Description
I visited two universities in Michigan (Michigan State University - MSU and Western Michigan University - WMU) and four in California (Santa Clara - SCU, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis and Chico State). In Michigan I visited with eight faculty and four Graduate students, representing seven centers or units. They ranged from the CS Mott Center of Sustainable Agriculture, to the TelFarm Records program and included the Ag Products Center, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, MSU's Agricultural Economics Department Chair and WMU's Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program. Two individuals in Michigan had close and recent experience with two other important centers: The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and The Retail Food Industry Center at the University of Minnesota. The Michigan visit has already resulted in one prospective PhD student visiting UK. Contacts were also made with WMU undergrads who might be interested in a masters with an emphasis in food and agribusiness. They have received from us customized information on the agribusiness and food work being done in our department for those students as well as others that may surface.
In California I visited eight faculty or staff representing another seven centers or units. They ranged from the Davis Center for Entrepreneurship to the Agribusiness Master and Undergrad program at Chico State and included the SCU Food and Agribusiness Institute, Sweet Green Fields LLC (that grows and processes Stevia an all natural sweetener also referred to by the trade name as Rebiana or Reb-1), the Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, Chico's Agribusiness Institute and Davis' Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies. Contacts were also made with undergrads and MS students who might be interested in a masters with an emphasis in food and agribusiness.
Preliminary discussions have started at UK on the possibility of establishing an Entrepreneurship Initiative in the College in conjunction with a group from UK composed of the Center for Business and Economics research (CBER), Innovation for Network Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNet) in Communications and the Martin School.
I expect to discuss the above topics with the FSIC, CEDIC and KCARD as follows: Advisory committees, Sponsoring companies, Affiliate members, Client mentors, Undergraduate internships, and Such student competitions as Marketing (NAMA, FDRS, AAEA), case study competitions and quiz bowls, I also to continue interacting with those with whom I visited, introducing them to my UK colleagues who are interested and might gain from such collaborations as these.
Robbins, Lynn W., November 2011.Stage 2 Firms and Innovation Counselors, Notes form the University of Kentucky Food Systems Innovation Center, an industry newsletter.