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Richard Barrows, CALS Associate Dean and agricultural economist, to retire

Richard L. Barrows, Associate Dean for Academic Student Affairs in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and professor of agricultural and applied economics, will retire from the university after the end of the academic year.

Barrows, who earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from the UW-Madison, is closing a distinguished career of teaching, research, extension work and administrative service.

“Throughout his tenure at UW-Madison and CALS, Richard Barrows has been a tremendous leader in advancing the Wisconsin Idea,” says David Hogg, Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. “As a member of the CALS administrative team he has sought ways to strengthen the educational experience for our students. His commitment to diversifying our student population is exceptional and his legacy will be felt at the UW-Madison for many years to come.”

Barrows joined the faculty of agricultural and applied economics in 1972, specializing in natural resource economics and policy, including both domestic and international policy issues, rural land use, and state and local public finance. He has authored hundreds of professional journal articles, extension bulletins, government reports, legislative papers and book reviews. Barrows worked extensively with Wisconsin counties and local governments on land use policy and public finance, as well as with state agencies and the legislature on land use and natural resource policy and with federal agencies and commissions on agricultural land policy.

In addition to his work on the faculty, Barrows served in numerous administrative roles for the UW-Madison, including Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 1993, Acting Dean for International Studies Programs from 198