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UF/IFAS economics faculty member recognized as early-career leader

Kelly Grogan.  Food and Resource Economics.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A four-year faculty member in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has received a national award for young leaders in her field.

Kelly Grogan, a food and resource economics assistant professor, was selected in May as one of five national winners of the 2014 Early Career Professional Leadership Award by the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

The C-FARE Board of Directors selected Grogan based on her merit and interest in learning more about federal grant programs. The council also commended Grogan for her interest in communicating agriculture and applied economics to policymakers.

“One of the primary goals of my research program is to provide information that is relevant beyond the pages of a journal or classroom,” Grogan said. “In our academic training, much emphasis is placed on academic writing and the ability to communicate research to our academic peers, while the ability to communicate to stakeholders is often overlooked. In order for my work to have the impact I would like it to have, I need to develop my ability to communicate to a broader audience.”

As an award winner, Grogan will attend a Washington, D.C. conference June 19-20 where she’ll learn more about federal funding programs and science policy communication.

Grogan focuses her research on bioeconomic modeling and sustainable agriculture production. Specific current projects center on pesticide use in California citrus, economic analysis of strategies to control citrus greening in Florida and disease management in Colombian palm oil production.

She hopes to write more papers for broader audiences, including Extension documents for the UF/IFAS Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS). Grogan also wants to more effectively communicate her research results, including an upcoming study on the environmental benefits of clam production and her research on optimal forest management under fire risk.

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Writer: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu

Source: Kelly Grogan, 352-294-7633, kellyagrogan@ufl.edu

Cutline: Kelly Grogan, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of food and resource economics, has been selected as one of five national winners of the 2014 Early Career Professional Leadership Award by the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.