Agribusiness students in front of Boston Public Library.

Adam Turner, Cody White, Jonathan Lawing, Alanah Frye, English Ratliff, McCauley Frierson, Carson Buzhardt, Michael Vassalos

Boston – The Clemson University Agribusiness Association was named the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Outstanding Chapter of the Year at the AAEA’s annual meeting in Boston.

Determined to improve on its strong showing at last year’s meeting in San Francisco, the Clemson chapter also took home second-place honors in both academic bowl and undergraduate student paper competitions.

“Last year was our first competing on the national level, and we set some challenging goals for ourselves going into this year,” said Michael Vassalos, assistant professor of agribusiness and chapter advisor. “We wanted to finish higher in the academic bowl competition, participate in the chapter of the year competition, and have an undergraduate present a research paper. I am proud of how successful we were in all three goals.”

The Clemson club included: Adam Turner, Caleb Orr, Cody White, Jonathan Lawing, McCauley Frierson, English Ratliff, Carson Buzhardt, Alanah Frye, Meaghan Shaughnessy

The team of Lawling, White, and Frierson took second out of 34 teams in the association’s agribusiness quiz bowl, and Shaughnessy captured second place in the undergraduate student paper award for both her written and oral presentation. It was the first time in ten years that a Clemson student has participated in the contest.

Clemson’s chapter-of-the-year award was based on its goals and objectives, recruiting success, and activities throughout the year.

The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is a not-for-profit association serving the professional interests of members working in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics. The work of its members address a broad range of topics such as the economics of agriculture, international and rural development, resources and the environment, food and consumer issues, and agribusiness.