Jim Bingen, Prof.
Jim Bingen, Prof.
Dr. Jim Bingen is a Professor of Community, Food and Agriculture in the multi-disciplinary and applied research department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at Michigan State University. In recent years, funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Department of Agriculture has supported his research on several topics, including: food and agricultural standards; organic agricultural policy; farmers markets and vendors in Michigan; the transition to organic farming by Michigan fruit and vegetable growers; farmer access to organic markets; and the contribution of origin-based and quality food to development in Michigan. His graduate students work on several topics, including: new and beginning farmers; urban agriculture in Senegal; challenges faced by Hispanic farmers in Michigan; value-based supply chains for fruit and vegetables; and, artisanal food and food safety. He works closely with Bernhard Freyer to explore a wide range of issues involved in the organic transformation process. He also has a collaborative project with the SupAgro-Montpellier to enhance value-added agriculture and agri-tourism in Michigan in partnership with French colleagues and agri-entrepreneurs. Dr. Bingen holds the Chevalier d’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, (Order of Agricultural Merit) awarded by the Government of France. From October 2009 through January 2010 he was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. He is the current President of the Society for Agriculture, Food & Human Values (AFHV) and a member of the Board of the national (US) Farmers Market Coalition.