Richard Levins, University of Minnesota Extension Service economist, has received a Food and Society Policy fellowship, from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The national professional fellowship program is designed to improve communications about food and agriculture issues in the U.S. It addresses the need for consumers and societal leaders to better understand how to sustain family farms and food production in the U.S.

Levins has written extensively on issues affecting family farming, food system control and environmental impacts of agriculture. His research interests include the economic relationships between sustainable agriculture and rural economies and designing public policies to support sustainable agriculture.

The American Agricultural Economics Association awarded the Quality of Communication Award to his book, "Willard Cochrane and the American Family Farm."

Levins will be participating in a study tour of community-based food and agriculture systems in Europe, in October. He also will meet with leaders in Washington, DC, who work in food and agricultural policy.

Twelve fellows were chosen from 80 applicants nationwide. During their two-year terms, they will write food and agricultural articles and participate in policy conferences and other communications activities.

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