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Bethel College economics professor receives international award

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A Bethel College professor has distinguished himself as an international leader in the food and agribusiness industry. Michael W. Woolverton, professor of economics, has received the Fellows Award from the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA). Woolverton was honored at the 13th Annual World Food and Agribusiness Forum and Symposium June 21-24 in Cancun, Mexico.

The highest award granted by IAMA, the Fellows Award honors members who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to the success of the organization. It recognizes demonstrated leaders in the food and agribusiness industry.

IAMA is a worldwide leadership forum that brings together top food and agribusiness executives, academics, policy makers and other concerned stakeholders to stimulate strategic thinking across the food chain. Dedicated to an efficient, safe, sustainable and environmentally responsive food system, IAMA advocates a global food system that is sensitive to the needs of consumers and has a high level of business integrity.

IAMA is the only international organization that brings together business and academic leaders from all segments of the food chain to discuss key issues that impact the global food system. It serves as an effective worldwide networking organization from the food sector to consumer and NGO groups and acts as a functional bridge between the academic, business and public worlds.

Raised on a farm near Abilene, Woolverton holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in financial management from Kansas State University. He received his doctoral degree in agricultural economics at the University of Missouri. Woolverton was an extension agent in Kansas and worked 10 years in agribusiness, including employment with CIBA-GEIGY and Cargill, Inc. He was a faculty member at Ohio State University and Arizona State University. Woolverton currently chairs the business department at Bethel College in North Newton where he has taught since 2001.

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