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Paraguay’s Minister of Agriculture, to Receive K-State Alumni Honor at Department of Agricultural Economics Banquet

Released: Sept. 15, 2014

Jorge Gattini, Paraguay’s Minister of Agriculture, to Receive K-State Alumni Honor at Department of Agricultural Economics Banquet.

Gattini will also give a guest lecture on the Manhattan campus.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics has announced that it will present an award to someone who has made his mark in Manhattan and abroad.

Jorge Gattini, minister of agriculture in Paraguay, will receive the department’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is given to an alumnus who has demonstrated significant professional achievement related to agricultural economics or agribusiness.

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Gattini will give a lecture about “Agriculture, Agribusiness and Rural Development in Paraguay.” The lecture will be at 2:30 p.m. in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

Gattini will be honored at the department’s alumni and scholarship banquet Friday, Sept. 26, at the Kansas Farm Bureau building in Manhattan, Kan.

Gattini was sworn in to his position as the Paraguay Minister of Agriculture on Aug. 15, 2013, under President Horacio Cartes. He has held several positions, mostly in the agriculture ministry’s marketing department under three agriculture ministers.

He earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics at K-State in 1998, and a master’s degree in applied economic environmental at the University of London, Imperial College.

Gattini came to Manhattan from Paraguay in a cultural exchange program with Kansas 4-H, staying for about a month during the early 1990s. The Kansas Paraguay Partners program was an international volunteer organization promoting people-to-people exchanges between Paraguayans and Kansans.

Allen Featherstone, department head and professor of agricultural economics, served as Gattini's professor during his graduate school work and oversaw his master’s program, where he studied “The Agricultural Financial System in Paraguay.” The purpose of the project was to set up a financial system to allow farmers to get credit for purchasing inputs.

“I always knew Jorge would excel in his future just from the interactions that I had with him as a student,” Featherstone said. “We are honored that he is coming back to visit the department and to accept this award.”

For more information, contact Amanda Erichsen at or 785-532-6994.

K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:
Dr. Jeff Whitworth - 785-532-5656 or

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