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Leading Figure In Agricultural Economics To Give Wershow Lecture

Carole L. Jaworski

Leo Polopolus (352) 392-1845 ext. 416
Andrew Schmitz (352) 392-1845 ext. 415

GAINESVILLE – David Zilberman, director of the Center for Sustainable Resource Development and Chair of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, will present this year’s James S. and Dorothy F. Wershow Distinguished Lecture.The lecture will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, in Room 297 of the Holland Law Center on the University of Florida campus. A reception follows. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Zilberman will speak on “Intellectual Property Rights: Biotechnology and the Future of Agriculture.”

“Biotechnology will change agriculture the way it changed medicine, but it will take longer and will require more government support of research,” he says.

Zilberman is at the forefront in the analysis of the role of a public land grant university in biotechnology research, said Leo Polopolus, UF food and resource economics professor emeritus. “He is one of the world’s bright lights in the field of agricultural economics. He is a brilliant scholar who has made many contributions.”

Zilberman is world renown, said Andrew Schmitz, UF eminent scholar in food and resource economics. “He is an expert in the field of biotechnology property rights and at least one of the top five experts in the economics of pesticide use and resource economics generally.”

On policy matters, Zilberman is listened to By decision makers throughout the world, Polopolus said. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, World Bank, Israeli Department of Agriculture, California Air Quality Control Board, California Energy Commission and the Chicago Board of Trade.

He is the author of more than 100 refereed papers in such journals as Science, Econometrica, American Economic Review and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and has won three awards. He has also authored two books as well as many other publications in both scientific and popular outlets.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and a doctorate in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California at Berkeley.