Jason Grant, professor of agricultural and applied economics and director of the Center for Agricultural Trade in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the W.G. Wysor Professor of Agriculture by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The W.G. Wysor Professorship was established by the Southern States Cooperative Inc. to honor the founder of Southern States and its chief executive officer from 1923 to 1948. The professorship recognizes excellence in service and the candidate’s potential to further impact the college and Virginia agriculture. The term of the professorship is five years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2007, Grant has built a highly regarded program in agricultural markets and trade, including planning and implementation of the annual Virginia Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade in partnership with four other state agencies.

Grant, the recipient of more than $4.6 million in external research funding, has published 36 peer-reviewed papers in leading professional journals, three book chapters, more than 120 conference proceedings and presentations, and has given eight keynote and invited lectures. He serves as associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and has previously served as guest editor of Choices in which he led a team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policymakers and academics to assess the economic impacts of the 2018-19 trade dispute and retaliatory trade actions impacting U.S. agriculture.

In 2021, Grant’s work was recognized by the American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) for the profession’s Outstanding Choices Article Award for outreach contribution. In addition, he was the recipient of USDA’s Bruce Gardner Award for outstanding contributions by an outside economist and was the recipient of the AAEA’s Honorable Mention award for Outstanding Journal Article. He has also received the European Agricultural Economics Association’s Quality of Policy Contribution Award for his work on international trade agreements and the 2018 APEX award from Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, which recognizes outstanding contributions by alumni.

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