Colorado State University Professor Wins International Service Award at Cooperative Extension Ceremony

Andrew Seidl, Colorado State University associate professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in agricultural economics, was recognized with the International Service Award at Colorado State Cooperative Extension’s annual awards ceremony on Dec. 9.

The award is given by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional fraternity for Cooperative Extension, and honors an individual who has provided educational leadership on an international basis.

Seidl has been a public policy specialist at Colorado State University since 1997 and is currently on sabbatical leave as a J. William Fulbright Scholar visiting professor at the Central American Institute for Business Administration in Alajuel, Costa Rica.     

As a professor and Cooperative Extension specialist, he has served as a mentor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s faculty exchange program, a program designed to bring qualified agricultural educators from progressive agricultural institutions of higher learning in Eurasia to the United States for five months to increase their knowledge of, and ability to teach, agricultural economics and marketing, agribusiness and agrarian law in a market-based economy. The goal of the program is to promote the development of sound agricultural policy and effective and competitive agricultural marketing and business systems in Eurasia. As Colorado State University’s coordinator of the program,  Seidl has brought 50 scholars from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to campus and has visited numerous countries.

Seidl has been recognized with the Outstanding Public Issues Education Program Award by the Farm Foundation and National Public Policy Education Committee, the International Service Award from the Colorado Epsilon Sigma Phi chapter and the Mitchell International Young Scholar Prize for Sustainable Development.


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