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Rueben C. Buse

Throughout a career spanning 35 years at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Buse provided major leadership for the development of the Department of Agricultural Economics, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Madison campus of the university. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota and earned his doctorate in agricultural economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1959. In the 1960s, as a visiting professor at the University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, he guided the development of that institution into one of Brazil's leading graduate education and research programs in the rural social sciences. He has authored seven books, 35 journal articles and numerous other publications in both English and Portuguese. He later served as the AAEA's representative to the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994.

Dr. Buse served as executive secretary of the AAEA for five years, helping to position the Association, the AAEA Foundation and related organizations to better serve the needs of all agricultural economists in the coming years. He was awarded the AAEA Outstanding Journal Article citation and the AAEA award for Quality of Communication for the textbook he co-authored, Econometrics: Basic and Applied.