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Capitol Diary


Peter Davies, professor in the plant biology and horticulture departments, will serve as an advisor on agricultural and food policy issues during the 2011–2012 academic year as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of State. Davies is one of 13 Jefferson fellows selected from U.S. universities to spend a year as a science advisor with the State Department or the U.S. Agency for International Development, and may be asked to commit the following five years to serve as a consultant to the State Department.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition, and Public Policy, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Applied Economics, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry alongside USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and several other experts about the global food and nutrition situation and implications for the 2012 Farm Bill.

Chris Barrett, the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, has been appointed to the research committee of AGree, a new initiative headed by former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman and funded by several private foundations, whose purpose is to transform food and agricultural policy.