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Connection between poverty and conservation

April 1, 2004

KALAMAZOO--An expert on agricultural practices and conservation will explore the influence of poverty on environmental practices during a Wednesday, April 7, talk at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Scott Swinton, professor of agricultural economics at Michigan State University, will present "Too Poor to be Stewards? Rural Poverty and Sustainable Natural Resource Management" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. The lecture is part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Seminar Series.

Swinton's research focuses on the economic relationship between agricultural production and environmental management. His most recent work examines how technology, incentives and policy have affected farmers' interest in sustainable natural resource protection in the United States, Africa and Latin America.

This is the final event of the 2003-04 Werner Sichel Lecture Seminar Series, which featured six internationally known economists who focused on this year's theme, "The Economics of Sustainable Development." The series, named for a current faculty member and longtime chairperson of WMU's Department of Economics, is co-sponsored by that department, WMU's College of Arts and Sciences and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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