Take Five with the 13 enthusiastic faces partnering with Michigan Farm Bureau to host a Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter at their institution. Our Collegiate advisors work closely to offer college students a variety of opportunities including preparation for discussion meets, connections with the county Farm Bureau and improved understanding of the Farm Bureau organization.
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I’m Aleks Schaefer, assistant professor of agricultural and food policy in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.
I currently reside in Ingham County.
My first job was counting bugs at the Kansas State Research Experiment Station in Garden City, Kansas. I did my undergraduate degree at a small college in Kansas before getting a law degree at University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California, Davis. I’ve previously worked at the World Bank and the University of London before joining the faculty at Michigan State in August 2019.
I’m excited to interact with the cream of the next generation’s crop. I hope to help facilitate students’ learning and growth into the leaders of tomorrow’s ag community.
Traveling around the world, living in exotic places.
Bonus: Dr. Schaefer co-advises MSU’s main campus Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter with Dr. Trey Malone. Each Friday at 3 p.m. they host “Closing Bell,” a virtual conversation around current agricultural economics on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Facebook page.
If you’re a college student interested in where our food comes from, or have a background in agriculture, or just want to help Michigan grow (literally), you should check out Michigan Collegiate Farm Bureau. It helps students network with peers and ag professionals, build career and leadership skills, and develop their voices as agricultural advocates.