(CNN) — Food insecurity among families with children fell in 2021, reversing a spike during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a US Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday.

Some 6.2% of households with children, or 2.3 million families, were unable at times to provide adequate, nutritious food for their kids last year, compared with 7.6% in 2020, the report found. Last year’s rate was not significantly different than the 2019 share.

However, the news was not all good.

Ana Maria Herrera and Steve Lugauer, along with Ph.D Gatton alum Guowen Chen, had their paper entitled "Policy and Misallocation," accepted for publication at the European Economic Review.

Ana María Herrera has been named to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business & Economics Statistics and the Journal of Applied Econometrics

Jim Ziliak, Chris Bollinger, and Gatton Ph.D alum, Charles Hokayem, had their paper accepted for publication at the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Chris Bollinger, Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the KRDC, highlights an important problem in his research: Balancing Privacy and Usability.

This event recognizes Gatton faculty who have received recognition and awards for outstanding teaching and research. 

Dean Farmer, an economics and political science major, is one of 3 recipients who have received UK’s highest honor for humanitarian efforts — the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected undergraduate students as new scholars for the Gaines Fellowship Program. This highly competitive and prestigious program selects 12 UK students each academic year.

University of Kentucky students win 2nd and 3rd place in the annual 2022 Econ Games, an annual data competition sponsored by Fischer Homes and co-founded by Dr. Darshak Patel and Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani.

Dr. Aaron Yelowitz, Professor of Economics, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship in a hearing entitled "Small Business Franchising: An Overview of the Industry, SBA’s Role, and Legislative Proposals."