CRP Graduate Student Receives USDA Fellowship

News
January 8, 2013

Becca Jablonski (’03 Ph.D. ’14 CRP), has been awarded a $75,000 fellowship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a methodology for assessing the economic impact of local food systems on rural communities. Granted by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the two-year fellowship is designed to develop the next generation of scientists who will lead agriculture into the future.

Jablonski is testing the methodology with several case studies of local food system initiatives in New York state. The results of her research, which is part of her dissertation, could help state, local, and federal policy makers craft an agenda for rural economic development.