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The History of the Food and Agribusiness Institute

Nima Shahidinia, an undergraduate research assistant for the Food and Agribusiness Institute, is currently working on a research project regarding the history of the Food and Agribusiness Institute.

He and the Program Manager, Jessica Gagnon, believe this project will document the legacy of the Institute.  By understanding its history, the Institute can innovate and grow as a program. The project will produce both a smaller profile that will provide a more summarized history of the Institute, and a larger document that will provide a more detailed description of the Institute, people who helped it run, and past/recurring events.

Much of Shahidinia’s information will come from newsletters that the Institute has published as far back as 1980. From these, He will gather information on past and recurring events, former students and staff, and the development of the Institute. He will also interview former and current faculty and staff of the Institute. If alumni wish to contribute to this exciting project, please contact the Institute at

Shahidinia plans on finishing the project in the spring of 2010. Parts of the history project will be included in future newsletters. The finished product will be viewable online upon its completion.

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