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Pre and Post Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Tour: Extension Section Chesapeake Bay Tour

This is a ticketed event. The cost to attend is $100.
Saturday, August 3, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Beginning at 8:00am, the tour bus will pick up participants at the 24th St. entrance of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The bus will head to Chesapeake Bay where we will board a working skipjack vessel at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and go for a 2-3 hour cruise to observe fishing activity on Chesapeake Bay.  Skipjacks are traditional vessels that harvest oysters by dredging, and we will pull a sample dredge over oyster bottom.  We will learn about the innovative role that Extension plays in aquaculture and restoration activities helping the Chesapeake Bay seafood industry overcome challenges from pollution, over-harvesting, and disease outbreaks. After the skipjack cruise, participants will have the opportunity to tour the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Lunch will be provided as well. The bus will return to the hotel approximately 2:00pm.


Pre-Conference Workshop: The Debut of USDA's New National Food Study to Support Research on Health and Obesity, Hunger, and Nutrition Assistance Policy

This is a ticketed event and will take place off-site at the USDA-ERS offices in the First Floor Conference Room. Transportation will not be provided. The cost to attend is $20.
Saturday, August 3, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This day-long workshop will provide insight on:

  • Reason for the new survey
  • Information collected and methodologies used
  • Integration of SNAP administrative records to enhance sampling design
  • Use of proprietary data to add information on food environment of the respondents
  • Quality and completeness of the collected data
  • Data access and use protocols
  • Initial research results on Dietary and Nutrient Knowledge, Food Purchase Patterns, Prices, and Food Access and Security, including users' experience working with the data

Agenda:
8:00 - 8:45 am       Registration at ERS and Continental Breakfast


8:45 - 9:00 am        Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service (ERS) and Mark Denbaly
                               "Welcome and Introduction: Why FoodAPS?"

9:00 - 9:45 am        Nicholas Redel, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR); and John Kirlin ERS
                                "What Information Did the Survey Collect?"

9:45 - 10:30 am      John Hall and Nancy Cole, MPR
                               "Sampling Design and Implementation"

10:30 - 10:45 am    Break

10:45 - 11:45 am    John Hall, MPR
                               "Data Quality: Survey Response Rates and the Non-Response Bias Study"

11:45 am - 12:45 pm  Lunch at ERS


12:45 - 1:30 pm      Nancy Cole, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
                               "Data Quality: Characteristics of Households and Food Acquisitions"

1:30 - 2:15 pm         Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois; Parke Wilde, Tufts University
                                "The FoodAPS Geography Component"

2:15 - 2:30 pm         Break

2:30 - 3:15 pm         Tim Mulcahy, NORC, University of Chicago
                                "FoodAPS Data Access and Use Protocols"

3:15 - 4:15 pm         John Kirkin, ERS
                                 "How FoodAPS Data Will Support USDA's Planned Research Objectives"

4:15 - 4:30 pm         Mark Denbaly, ERS
                                 "Closing Remarks"

4:30 pm                    Adjourn

Directions to ERS Building:
The new ERS building is at 355 E Street, SW. If you are coming by metro get off at the Federal Center Southwest stop. When you come up out of the metro, turn right, walk two short blocks, and turn right on to E Street, SW. ERS is at the far end of the block; there is a big outdoor courtyard and ERS is in the far right building - 355 - as you face the courtyard. You will have to sign in at the guard's desk. Then you will see posters directing you to the conference room.


Post-Conference Workshop: Best Practices of the USDA NIFA Projects: Food System and Food Security

This is a ticketed event. The cost to attend is $80 for professionals and $50 for early career professionals.
Wednesday, August 7, 7:00 am - 12:30 pm

It is essential for stakeholders, researchers, educators, and service providers to create innovative projects when funding is more competitive due to budget limitations and greater competition among proposals. In this workshop, pioneering project investigators and USDA program leaders will share their experiences assembling multidisciplinary teams across organizations. Attendees can expect to familiarize themselves with best practices of the USDA NIFA projects and to stimulate new ideas which will strengthen and broaden collaborations to prepare for future proposals. This workshop will showcase best practices in integrated and multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach of food system and food security projects that have been funded by USDA NIFA.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Sivapathasun Sureshwaran, USDA National Program Leader, Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities
  • Dr. Matt Smith, USDA ARS National Program Leader, Sustainable Agriculture Systems
  • Jill Auburn, National Program Leader Division of Agricultural Systems, Institute of Food Production & Sustainability USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Dr. Mary Ahearn, USDA ERS Senior Researcher
  • Dr. Stephan Goetz, Director, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
  • Dr. Francis Fluharty, Research Professor, Animal Scientist, Ohio State University
  • Dr. Leah Mathews, Sara and Joseph Breman Professor of Social Relations, Professor of Economics, University of North Carolina Asheville
  • Dr. Kathleen Liang, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Applied Economics, University of Vermont
  • Dr. Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, West Virginia University

There are a limited number of scholarships available for early career professionals and developing country scholars. This scholarship will cover the workshop registration fee. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to attend this workshop, please submit a copy of your CV and 250 word description of what you expect to learn by attending this workshop, and how you expect to use the information received to further develop your own career to Dr. Kathleen Liang at cliang@uvm.edu.


Post-Conference Tour: Exploring Federal Alternatives: Tours of USDA and Other Agencies

This is a ticketed event. The cost to attend is $50 for professionals and $35 for students.
Wednesday, August 7, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
This tour will start at the USDA-Whitten Building, please bring a picture id (i.e. passport or drivers license) for access into the buildings.

Tour Agenda

Directions

Tour volunteers will meet attendees in the Marriott Wardman Park lobby at 7:00 am EST. We will leave for USDA no later than 7:10 am EST.

The USDA Economist Group and The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) have developed for participants a post conference event offering individual tours of a various USDA agencies. We are pleased to welcome USDA REE Under Secretary Dr. Catherine Woteki as part of the program. In addition to touring the agencies, participants will hear from Gary Blumenthal (President and CEO, World Perspectives, Inc.), Jonathan Coleman (Chief, Agriculture and Fisheries Division at U.S. International Trade Commission), Matt Hourihan (Director, R&D Budget and Policy Program, AAAS), and representatives from the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Possible agencies to tour include:

  • USDA Economic Research Service (USDA ERS)
  • USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS)
  • USDA Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA)
  • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS)
  • USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)
  • USDA World Board

If you would like to secure your spot in a specific group (ERS, FSA, etc.), please contact Caron Gala (cgala@cfare.org) via email putting Post-Conference Tour Reservation in the subject line. Thank you!

The tours will provide a brief background and working knowledge of how the agency functions, examples of what an economist does at the particular agency, and information on career and research potential.

These tours would be informative to participating economists at any stage of their career. In particular, there may be interest from students and early career members who are planning for a career change, they would be of interest to those inside Washington, DC currently so they can learn more about the work of their colleagues, and mid-career members may learn of new grant opportunities.


Post-Conference Workshop: How to Get and Get the Most Out of Federal Statistical Microdata

This is a ticketed event and will take place off-site at the USDA-ERS offices. Transportation will not be provided.
The cost to attend is $25.

Wednesday, August 7, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
**Please bring a picture id (i.e. passport or drivers license) for access into the building.

This full day workshop has four objectives:

1.    Introduce agricultural economists to the vast array of federal statistical surveys and available data bases on general economics, demographics, food, health, agriculture, farming, agricultural programs, natural resources and conservation programs.  This should be exceptionally useful to graduate students and young professionals seeking new research;

2.  Provide face-to-face, hands-on assistance with the processes required to access various data bases for research purposes;

3.  Stimulate and facilitate a dialogue between agricultural economists and officials from federal statistical agencies on some of the biggest issues facing those who want to use data for research purposes; and 

4.  Describe and discuss cross-cutting issues affecting the accessibility of federal statistics. 

Those registered for the event will receive a packet of reference material, including short descriptions of each of about 20 federal data sets of interest to AAEA members.

Directions to ERS Building:
The new ERS building is at 355 E Street, SW. If you are coming by metro get off at the Federal Center Southwest stop. When you come up out of the metro, turn right, walk two short blocks, and turn right on to E Street, SW. ERS is at the far end of the block; there is a big outdoor courtyard and ERS is in the far right building - 355 - as you face the courtyard. You will have to sign in at the guard's desk. Then you will see posters directing you to the conference room.


Post-Conference Workshop: Economic Analysis and Food Safety: The Food Safety Modernization Act

This is a ticketed event and will take place off-site at the USDA-ERS office in Room 1-1180. This cost to attend is $35.
Wednesday, August 7, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
**Please bring a picture id (i.e. passport or drivers license) for access into the building.

In January 2011, the most extensive food safety legislation since the 1950s for Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated food was signed into law. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) affects all stages of the food production/ marketing system.  It includes on-farm regulation of produce production, extends HACCP-like requirements to all food facilities, makes importers responsible for verifying that foreign suppliers comply with U.S. food safety standards, and lays the groundwork for more extensive traceability systems across the U.S. food supply.

Agricultural economists from the USDA Economic Research Service and FDA, with the AAEA Food Safety and Nutrition Section, have organized a 1-day workshop to start discussion on ways in which economic research can contribute to evaluation of this new set of policies. The goal of the workshop is to identify economic research needs as well as data needs to support this work. FDA will provide an overview of FSMA and progress to date on its implementation. Speakers will include economists and food safety specialists from FDA, USDA, academia, and industry. Representatives from federal data and research funding agencies will also speak. Rapporteurs will help workshop participants synthesize discussion and identify areas of consensus on research and data needs.

Click here to view the full workshop agenda. For more information, please contact Linda Calvin at lcalvin@ers.usda.gov.

Directions to ERS Building:
The new ERS building is at 355 E Street, SW. If you are coming by metro get off at the Federal Center Southwest stop. When you come up out of the metro, turn right, walk two short blocks, and turn right on to E Street, SW. ERS is at the far end of the block; there is a big outdoor courtyard and ERS is in the far right building - 355 - as you face the courtyard. You will have to sign in at the guard's desk. Then you will see posters directing you to the conference room.


Post-Conference Workshop: How Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Affect Agricultural Trade?

This is a ticketed event. The cost to attend is $20.
Wednesday, August 7, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a regional trade agreement that is currently being negotiated, considered the most significant trade initiative of the century.  Unlike past agreements where the participating countries are already determined, TPP is structured such that any country willing to agree to the established rules can become a member in the future.  The current confirmed negotiating parties are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States.  In March 2013, Japan formally expressed its interest in joining the pact, expanding its membership to 12 countries. With this complement of participating countries, the TPP is positioned to strengthen ties among some of the world’s most important producers, exporters and importers of agricultural commodities. Negotiations, begun in Melbourne, Australia in March 2010, and convened in successive rounds at locations throughout the Pacific Rim, are expected to conclude in 2013. 

The primary objective of this workshop is to provide a forum where researchers, industry experts, market participants, and policy makers can increase their knowledge of TPP and its importance in eliminating agricultural trade barriers. The workshop will include two sessions consisting of general and technical presentations. One session will provide a general overview of TPP and its importance to agricultural trade addressing such topics as: What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? How does TPP stand out among past trade agreements? What is the status of the TPP negotiations and Japan’s inclusion? The other will highlight analysis of how TPP will affect agricultural production, consumption, and trade.

Agenda
9:00 am - 9:10 am    Welcome

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Country Perspectives
9:10 am - 9:30 am    The Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. Agriculture
                                Veronica Nigh, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation
9:30 am - 9:50 am     New Zealand Perspectives on the TPP
                                 Rowena Hume, Trade and Economic Counselor, New Zealand Embassy
9:50 am - 10:10 am    Japan's Agrifood Sector and the TPP
                                 John Dyck, Agricultural Economist, USDA-ERS
10:10 am - 10:30 am  Q&A
10:30 am - 10:45 am  Break

TPP Liberalization and Agricultural Trade
10:45 am - 11:05 am   The Scope and Depth of Existing Trade Liberalization within the TPP Region
                                  John Wainio, Agricultural Economist, USDA-ERS
11:05 am - 11:25 am   A Note on Market Access Reforms in Agriculture in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
                                  Lorraine Mitchell, Agricultural Economist, USDA-ERS
11:25 am - 11:45 am   The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Its Potential Impact on Rice Markets
                                  Eric Wailes, L.C. Carter Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and
                                  Agribussiness, University of Arkansas
11:45 am - 12:00 pm   Q&A
12:00 pm                    Adjourn         


Post-Conference Workshop: From Policy Research to National Policy Action: How You Can Make a Difference

This workshop has been canceled. Please contact info@aaea.org with any questions.