Jason was a young professor in the Department of Applied Economics. Most of his work revolved around Geospatial activities where he helped to bridge gaps between climate change, scientific and technological advances and agricultural policy to uncover cost-effective solutions to global food challenges. His work and collaborations provided him the opportunity to travel to South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa. As an early-career professor he found it difficult sometimes to cover certain costs as he didn't have enough research grants.
This fund will help those early career professors or graduate students to enable them to perform their research without being restricted by grant guidelines. Some examples that the fund could help with are travel costs, copies, books, a new computer, paying a grad student to do some research, or software. Early career professors often find themselves without a grant that will help them to do the research that they'd like to do, nor the ability to hire a student to "just enter some data". I hope that this fund will help further research in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences by providing discretionary funds to support their work.