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Kenneth R. Farrell

About the Interviewee: 
Vice President Emeritus (Agriculture) University of California

Kenneth R. Farrell was raised on a farm in Eastern Ontario and graduated from OAC in 1950. He majored in Agricultural Economics at both OAC and at Iowa State in Ames. After completing Ph.D. studies, he joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Berkeley campus, University of California.

Dr. Farrell had a very distinguished career in agricultural marketing and public policy issues related to food, agriculture and natural resources in the USA, while at the University of California and with the U.S. government, and with a non-profit organization called “Resources for the Future.” Dr. Farrell ended his career as Vice-President for the Agricultural/Natural Resources Faculties at all three campuses of the University of California.

During undergraduate studies at OAC, he became the Canadian Inter-Collegiate Wrestling Champion and participated in curling. He gives credit to the late OAC Professors Wm. M. Drummond and E. C. ‘Chippy’ McLean for initiating his interest in agricultural public policy and in reading, respectively. In 2004, Dr. Farrell provided funds for an annual OAC lecture, called “The Farrell Distinguished Public Policy – Lectureship” to last for five years.

Grad Year: 
College : 
Interview Date: 
D. Murray Brown
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340142