UI Extension Specialist Receives Pat Takasugi Award

Takasugi Award WinnerPaul Patterson, UI Extension Economist in Idaho Falls, received the prestigious Pat Takasugi Award at the Branen Idaho Ag Summit on Tuesday, February 18.  The award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding leadership to Idaho agriculture. 

Paul has made major contributions to Idaho agriculture through his rigorous economic analyses and extensive dissemination of information critical to the agricultural sector, policy makers and others.  He has conducted intensive surveys to produce unbiased, third-party data on potato costs of production and how costs change from year to year.  This information is highly valued by all segments of the Idaho potato industry.  Paul also provides essential financial information used by producers and lenders throughout Idaho to help them make challenging financial decisions about farm management and farming operations. 

Paul provides leadership for the UI Extension Farm and Ranch Management team.  Under his leadership, this team was recognized with a 2007 Outstanding Extension Program Award from the Western Agricultural Economics Association.  He has received numerous additional awards, including the 2009 University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and a 2008 Best Paper Award from the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association for work on the impacts of coordinated production and marketing of Idaho potatoes.  He truly is an acknowledged international expert on the economics of potato production.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Idaho, where he received both a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics.  He has been employed by the University of Idaho as an Extension Economist since 1984, working out of the Idaho Falls Research and Extension Center. 

Photo (L-R): AERS Department Head Cathy Roheim, UI Extension Economist Paul Patterson, and CALS Dean John Foltz.