Ron Rainey (left) with Ken Foster (right)

Ron Rainey, extension economist and co-director of the Southern Risk Management Education Center, has been honored by the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators.

The Early Career Professional Administrative Leadership Award was presented Aug. 4 at the NAAEA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., which was part of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association annual conference.

The award is presented annually to an AAEA member who is less than 15 years removed from receipt of their final degree and who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. The award recognition seeks to encourage interest among members of the AAEA in development of abilities and skills necessary for leadership and administrative careers.

“Dr. Rainey has distinguished himself as a leader at every level of our profession,” said Ken Foster, head of the Agricultural Economics department at Purdue University and selection committee chair.

“He serves as a role model to members of the Arkansas agricultural community and exacts influence at the state and national levels through his leadership talent and insight,” Foster said. Rainey’s “efforts have a positive impact on rural families faced with increasing sources of uncertainty about their livelihoods.” Read More