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Concurrent Session Schedule (8 of 8)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel

*Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and content may change prior to the Annual Meeting*

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I. Track Sessions
            Session 2081 AEM/TLC
            Session 2082 China Section
            Session 2083 NAAEA
            Session 2084 ECONO
            Session 2085 FAMPS/FSN
            Session 2086 GSS
            Session 2087 Senior
            Session 2088 EXT
            Session 2089 Int'l
II. Organized Symposium Sessions
            Session 2090 (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
            Session 2091 (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
            Session 2092 AERE
III. Selected Presentation Paper Sessions
            Session 2093 (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
            Session 2094 (Behavioral Economics)
            Session 2095 (Demand and Price Analysis)
            Session 2096 (Food and Agricultural Marketing)
            Session 2097 (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
            Session 2098 (Food Safety and Nutrition)
            Session 2099 (Industrial Org./Supply Chain Management)
            Session 2100 (International Development)
            Session 2101 (International Development)
            Session 2102 (International Trade)
            Session 2103 (Natural Resource Economics)
            Session 2104 (Production Economics)
            Session 2105 (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)


I. Track Sessions

Session 2081 Preparing Our Students for Successful Industry Careers through Active Learning and Extracurricular Opportunities
Track Session AEM/TLC
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore A

We have long known the importance of active learning and extracurricular opportunities, but it has been difficult at times to quantify that importance when it comes to our students’ career paths, and advancement in their careers as well as the promotion and tenure decision at our Universities. This session will examine the value extracurricular activities have to former students as they pursue careers in industry, the ways in which preparation and participation in these activities map to learning outcomes identified by Universities, and how they are structured in terms of a class or club setting at our Universities. Panelists will include former agricultural economics and agribusiness students currently pursuing careers in industry who were active in activities such as Academic Bowls, NAMA, Case Study Competition Teams, Study Abroad Programs and Ag Econ/Agribusiness Clubs as well as faculty currently advising students in extracurricular activities.


  • Elizabeth A. Yeager; Purdue University
  • Christine A. Wilson; Kansas State University
  • Aslihan D. Spaulding; Illinois State University
  • Leigh Thiel; broadhead.
  • Marcus Hasheider; PadillaCRT

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Session 2082 Economic Development in China: R&D Investment, Poverty Reduction, Migration and the Environment
Track Session (China Section)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore B

The four papers in this session examine economic development in China through various aspects, including agricultural R&D investment, poverty reduction, reverse flow of rural labors from cities back to rural areas, and spatial patterns of CO2 missions.

Organizer: Yanhong Jin; Rutgers University
Moderator: Jie Lu; Renmin University of China

  • Factors Influencing Participation in Wetland Ecosystem Restoration: Evidence from China
    Zhengfei Guan; University of Florida and Honggen Zhu; Jiangxi Agricultural University
  • Public Policies and Poverty Exit in a Lagging Region of China: Evidence from a Village Panel Survey in Guizhou Province
    Mateusz J. Filipski; Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Yumei Zhang; Agricultural Information Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Kevin Z. Chen; IFPRI-Beijing, Xingshen Diao; IFPRI-Beijing
  • Has China’s Domestic Food Prices Become More Stable? An Investigation Based on a Structural Break Regime Switching Model
    Jie Lu; Renmin University of China, Zhong Tang; Renmin University, Yuji Lin; Renmin University, Xinkai Zhu; Renmin University

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Session 2083 Developing Smarter Metrics: Quantifying Outcomes and Impacts from Interdisciplinary Efforts
Track Session NAAEA
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Skyway A

Land Grant Universities and other public Universities are increasingly seeking better impact and productivity metrics demonstrating the importance of research, outreach, and academic capacity-building to enhance sustainability and social welfare. This third installment of the NAAEA track session series capitalizes on the discussions of the first two sessions.  Concrete analyses of metrics to capture the contributions of agricultural and applied economists are the theme of this third session.

Earlier sessions focused on fundamental issues with designing and utilizing collaborative metrics to enhance internal prioritizing and evaluating education, research and outreach efforts.  It became clear that impact assessments are more complex for inter-disciplinary projects are involved. In this 2014 track session we extend the discussion to practice.  Targeted metrics are presented and discussion will focus on their effectiveness in measuring impacts. Given the need for relevance to an ever broader array of stakeholders, we conclude with a discussion of how such metrics can best be used in communities outside traditional agricultural agencies and sectors to enhance the impacts of our efforts while garnering additional support for our academic programs.

Organizer: Susan M. Capalbo; Oregon State University
Discussants: David K Lambert; Kansas State University

  • A federal perspective on metrics
    Mary E. Bohman; USDA-ERS
  • Metrics in a changing world
    Eluned C. Jones; South Dakota State University
  • Outcome measures
    Philip G. Pardey; University of Minnesota
  • The efficacy of alternative metrics
    Susan M. Capalbo; Oregon State University

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Session 2084 Spatial Econometrics Methods
Track Session ECONO
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore C

Spatial models are an important tool in agricultural economics as well as the related disciplines of regional sciences, geography, urban and real estate economics, economic geography, public economics, and local public finance. Given the nature of agricultural economics, spatial econometric methods are playing an increasingly important role. However, since many standard econometrics textbooks do not cover spatial models, this important and quickly growing literature is not well understood by economic researchers, including agricultural economists. This learning session will provide an overview of spatial econometric methods. It is hoping that the participants of this session would obtain some basic understanding of spatial modeling and its implementation.

Organizer: Ximing Wu

  • Spatial Econometrics Methods
    Kathreine R. Baylis; University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

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Session 2085 Global Trends in Marketing and Demand of Meat and Dairy Products
Track Session FAMPS/FSN
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fifth Level; Lake Superior A

This session presents new insights on global meat and dairy marketing and demand from a variety of angles drawing on survey and experimental data from developed and less developed countries.  Marketing issues considered in this session range from animal welfare, quality labels, to shelf life.  Overall, the papers in this track session present a wide-range of new findings in consumer valuation of meat and milk with an international market focus.

Organizers: Carola Grebitus; Arizona State University and Christiane Schroeter; California Polytechnic State
Moderator: Glynn T. Tonsor; Kansas State University

  • Are Animal Attitudes Linked to Attitudes Towards the Use of Genomics In the Same Way Across Countries?
    Ellen W. Goddard and Anahita Hosseini Matin (University of Alberta)
  • Consumer Valuation of Organic and Conventional Milk: Taking a Closer Look at Shelf Life
    Christiane Schroeter; California Polytechnic State University, Charles F. Nicholson; Penn State University, and Margaret G. Meloy; Penn State University
  • Drivers of Demand for “Certified Organic” Poultry Products in Indonesia
    Wendy J. Umberger; University of Adelaide, Wahida Maghraby; University of Adelaide, and Nicholas Minot; IFPRI
  • European consumer preferences for domestic and imported beef with international quality certifications and growth hormone claims
    Carola Grebitus; Arizona State University, and Gregory J. Colson; University of Georgia, and Wuyang Hu; University of Kentucky

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Session 2086 Tips on Communicating in an Academic Setting
Track Session GSS
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway A

Graduate programs in applied economics provide students with many tools and methods for evaluating economic issues.  Being successful in the field, however, often requires the ability to explain research in an effective manner.  This track session brings together three experienced members of the academic community to provide tips on how to communicate in an academic setting.  They will discuss tips on how to publish academic papers, how to give meaningful presentations, and how to communicate research through extension programs.

Moderator: Donald J. Malone, III; Oklahoma State University

  • How to Communicate Research Through Extension Programs
    Dawn D. Thilmany McFadden; Colorado State University
  • How to Give Meaningful Presentations
    Jayson L. Lusk; Oklahoma State University
  • How to Publish Academic Papers
    Brian E. Roe; Ohio State University

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Session 2087 The Evolving Structure of US Agriculture: Productive or Disruptive Change for Rural America
Track Session (Senior)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway C

The current structure of agriculture is characterized by a significant number of very small farms which are growing in number and share of total farms, and smaller shares in all larger size classes. An important issue is the interplay of the geography of production, farm structure, and rural communities. Implications for agribusiness and many agricultural cooperatives, which face challenges in dealing with the increasingly skewed distribution of their membership, are also important.  Given these trends and expectation that they will continue, what are the industry strategies to evolve successfully and possible policy changes that might be required to accommodate them?

Organizer and Moderator: Walter J. Armbruster; Farm Foundation (Retired)

  • 20-year Evolution of Farm Structure Brings Sector Resilience'
    Mary Clare Ahearn; USDA-ERS and Virginia L. Harris: USDA-NASS
  • Implications for Agribusiness and Cooperatives
    Michael L. Cook; University of Missouri
  • Implications for Communities
    Michael D. Woods; Oklahoma State University and Steven C. Deller; University of Wisconsin
  • Is it Productive or Disruptive?
    Danny A. Klinefelter; Texas A&M University

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Session 2088 Crop Outlook
Track Session EXT
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Mirage

This session will feature presentations highlighting the current and near-term situation and outlook for major U.S. crop commodities: corn and soybeans, wheat, and cotton.  This year’s session will also include a discussion of alternative or non-traditional crops such as canola, sunflowers, sesame, and guar.  All presentations will provide insight of factors that may affect the crop mix in the United States and elsewhere in the future and highlight the implications for Extension economists.


  • Corn and Soybean Outlook
    James H. Hiker; Michigan State University
  • Cotton  Outlook
    John R.C. Robinson; Texas A&M University
  • Outlook for Alternative Crops
    James M. Welch; Texas A&M University
  • Wheat Outlook
    Frayne Elton Olson; North Dakota State University

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Session 2089 A New Transdisciplinary Approach to Regional Integrated Assessment of Climate Impact and Adaptation in Africa and South Asia
Track Session Int'l
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Regency

This session will present economic impact results (adoption/adaptation, production, income, poverty) from regional teams in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia that are part of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). All of the teams are utilizing the new integrated assessment methodology developed by AgMIP. This approach represents a departure from approaches in the literature in several dimensions. First, the approach is based on the analysis of agricultural systems (not individual crops) and is inherently trans-disciplinary: it is based on a deep collaboration among a team of climate scientists, agricultural scientists and economists to design and implement regional integrated assessments of agricultural systems.  Second, in contrast to previous approaches that have imposed future climate on models based on current socio-economic conditions, this approach combines bio-physical and economic models with a new type of pathway analysis (Representative Agricultural Pathways) to parameterize models consistent with a plausible future world in which climate change would be occurring. Third, adaptation packages for the agricultural systems in a region are designed by the research team with a level of detail that is useful to decision makers, such as research administrators and donors, who are making agricultural R&D investment decisions.  Finally, the approach represents not only “mean” impact the distribution of impacts among farm populations. The session will feature a brief introduction followed by one presentation on Sub-Saharan Africa results (from East, West and Southern Africa) and one presentation with results from South Asia (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).  Presentations will summarize the impact assessment and adaptation analysis results, comparing and contrasting among study areas, and highlighting the role of the Representative Agricultural Pathways in climate impact assessment.


  • A New Trans-Disciplinary Approach to Regional Integrated Assessment of Climate Impact and Adaptation in Agricultural Systems
    John M Antle and Roberto O. Valdivia (Oregon State University)
  • Climate Impact and Adaptation in South Asia: Pathways, Impacts and Adaptation
    Muhammed Ashfaq; University of Faisalabad-Pakistan, P. Paramasivam; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University-India, Harbir Singh; Indian Center for Agricultural Research, and Dumindu Hereath; Foundation for Environmental, Climate and Technology (Sri Lanka)
  • Climate Impact and Adaptation in West, East and Southern Africa: Pathways, Impacts and Adaptation
    Ibrahima Hathie; Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale, Richard M Mulwa; University of Nairobi, Sabine Homann-Kee Tui; ICRISAT (Zimbabwe), and  Charles Nehemachena; Human Sciences Resource Council (South Africa)

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II. Organized Symposium Sessions

Session 2090 The Economics of Honey Bee Health: A Dialogue on Current Work, Critical Extensions, and Policy-Relevant Research
Organized Symposium (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Northstar A

The 90-minute symposium will be divided into two parts.  The first hour of the session will be split into 15-minute segments during which, each research team (EPA, USDA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and North Carolina State University) will briefly present their work, anticipated extensions, and perspectives on additional research opportunities  The remaining portion of the session will include a question and answer period and an open discussion on honey bee health topics, including the proposed working group being organized by the EPA, USDA, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • TJ Wyatt; US-EPA
  • Elizabeth S. Hill; University of Georgia
  • Michelle R. Ranville; US-EPA


  • Kathy Bayliss; University of Illinois
  • Wally Thurman; North Carolina State University
  • Jennifer K. Bond; Colorado State University

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Session 2091 Addressing the Local Impacts of Oil and Gas Development: Is State Fiscal Policy Up to the Task?
Organized Symposium (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Northstar B

The session will advance our knowledge of the nexus of issues related to the challenge of effective governance and taxation of oil and gas as that sector continues through a period of rapid change. This session will provide analysis from the fields of community development, public policy, and rural geography to begin to craft a multidisciplinary perspective.

Organizer: Linda M. Young; Montana State University
Moderator: Roger H. Coupal; University of Wyoming
Discussant: Roger H. Coupal; University of Wyoming

  • Emerging Approaches to Measuring Community Impacts from Oil and Gas Development: Process and Metrics in the U.S. West
    Mark Haggerty; Headwaters Economics
  • Home from Holiday: Lessons from the Debate on Taxation on Unconventional Drilling in Montana
    Linda M. Young; Montana State University
  • The Political Economy of Taxation and Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania
    Kyle Hoy; Penn State University and Timothy W. Kelsey; Penn State University

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Session 2092 Water and Energy
Organized Symposium (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Harriet

Climate change and other environmental concerns have heightened interest in reducing energy and water usage.  This session examines the role of economic and regulatory tools to shape demand in these sectors.


  • Evaluate the Impact of Voluntary Program on Promoting Energy Efficient Technology
    Rong Zhou; University of Connecticut and Kathleen Segerson; University of Connecticut
  • Incorporating Random Effects in Structural Models of Piecewise-Linear Pricing: An Application to Residential Water Demand in North Carolina
    Roger H. Von Haefen; North Carolina State University and Marwa Salem; North Carolina State University
  • Market Structure and Energy Efficiency Regulation: the case of clothes washers
    C. Anna Spurlock; Lawrence Berkeley Lab
  • Residential Water Demand Effect of Increasing Block Rate Water Budgets
    Kenneth Baerenklau; University of California, Riverside

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III. Selected Presentation Paper Sessions

Session 2093 Risk Aversion in U.S. Agriculture
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway D

Risk aversion methods continue to evolve with changing volatility in agriculture markets.  This section discusses the relationship between risk aversion, marketing, and time with applications in the land and fed cattle and hog markets.


  • Producer Perceptions of Risk and Time
    Kendra M. Hedge; Purdue University and Elizabeth A. Yeager; Purdue University
  • The Role of Risk and Risk-Aversion in Adoption of Alternative Marketing Arrangements by the U.S. Farmers
    Wu-Yueh Hu; National Chung Hsing University, Tomislav Vukina; North Carolina State University, and Xiaoyong Zheng; North Carolina State University

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Session 2094 Consumer Psychology
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Behavioral Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway E

Papers in this session indicate the importance of consumer psychology to understand consumer economic decisions.  Consumer habits, valuation of food safety attributes, information load, and decision rules are all examined regarding their effect on health, artisan cheese valuation, food choice experiments, and discrete choice experiments respectively.


  • A hedonic analysis of artisan cheese prices: The value of food safety attributes to consumers
    Kurt B. Waldman; Michigan State University
  • Addressing elimination and selection by aspects decision rules in discrete choice experiments: does it matter?
    Seda Erdem; University of Stirling, Danny Campbell; University of Stirling, and Carl Thompson; University of York
  • Attribute Non-Attendence in Food Choice Experiments Under Varying Information Load
    Meng Shen; University of Florida, Zhifeng Gao; University of Florida, Schroeder Ted; Kansas State University

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Session 2095 Using Micro Data to Understand Supplier and Consumer Behaviors
Selected Presentation Paper Session  (Demand and Price Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway F

This session contains four papers that use unique micro data to understand supplier and consumer behavior in markets ranging from GM crop to residential water demand.


  • Information efficiency in a lemons market: Evidence from Bt cotton seed market in Pakistan
    Xingliang Ma, David J. Spielman, Hina Nazli, Fatima Zaidi, Patricia Zambrano (IFPRI), and Shahzad Kouser; University of Agriculture-Falisbad Pakistan
  • The Effect of Price and Non-Price Conservation Programs on Residential Water Demand
    Serhat Asci and Tatiana Borisova (University of Florida)
  • The role of farmers’ competition on farmland price in Bretagne region of France
    Chalachew Temesgen and Pierre Dupraz (French Agronomic Research Institute (INRA))
  • A Food Demand System Estimation for Rural Malawi: Estimates Using Third Integrated Houshold Survey Data
    Assa M. Maganga, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Session 2096 Agricultural Market Dynamics
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food and Agricultural Marketing)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway G

A series of papers on agricultural market institutions and how they react to market forces will be presented.  The session will highlight implications of market performance across a variety of products.


  • Are Food Exchange Websites the Next Big Thing in Food Marketing? A Latent Class Analysis
    Kar Ho Lim; Korea University and Michael Vassalos; Clemson University
  • Biofuels versus food: How much Brazilian ethanol production can affect domestic food prices?
    Daniel Henrique Dario Capitani; Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Eliciting Expert Opinion on Components of USDA Livestock Market Information
    Jerremy Ross Pruitt; LSU AgCenter, Glynn T. Tonsor; Kansas State University, and Kathleen Brooks; University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Optimal Licensing for Public Intellectual Property: Theory and Application to Plant Variety Patents
    Julian M. Alston and Zoe T. Plakias (University of California, Davis)

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Session 2097 Economics of Production and the Environment
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway H

Production decisions, environmental impacts, and economic effects.


  • A Coupled Spatial Economic-Hydrological Model of Cropland Transitions and Environmental Impacts
    Wendong Zhang, Na Chen, Elena G. Irwin, Seyoum Gebremariam, and Jay Martin (Ohio State University)
  • Linking Farmers' Nutrient Management Choices with Downstream Environmental Quality
    Wendong Zhang and Elena G. Irwin (Ohio State University)
  • Markets for Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Offsets: The Role of Payment Design on Abatement Efficiency
    Cloe Garnache; Michigan State University, Pierre R. Merel; University of Calironia-Davis, Juhwan Lee; University of Calironia-Davis, and Johan Six; University of Calironia-Davis

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Session 2098 The Influence of Agriculture on Child Nutrition
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food Safety and Nutrition)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway I

This session regards the effect of agriculture on child nutrition discussing in particular the relationships between agricultural growth and subsidies on child malnutrition. Furthermore, work on child nutrition in a conflict environment is presented.


  • Longitudinal analysis of child malnutrition trends in Ghana
    Kara Ross, Aleksan Shanoyan, Yacob A. Zereyesus, and Vincent Amanor-Boadu (Kansas State University)
  • Market access and child nutrition in a conflict environment
    Amelia Darrouzet-Nardi and William A. Masters; Tufts University
  • The Role of Agricultural Growth in Reducing Child Malnutrition
    Sébastien Mary and Sergio Gomez Y Paloma (European Commission-JRC_IPTS)

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Session 2099 Market Power, Spatial Competition, and Climate Policy
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Industrial Org./Supply Chain Management)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway J

Papers in this session examine the competitive and strategic interactions of firms in fertilizer, biofuels, and aluminum industries.


  • Climate Policy and Border Measures: The Case of the US Aluminum Industry
    Ian M Sheldon; Ohio State University and Steven McCorriston; University of Exeter
  • Mergers and Market Power in the US Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry
    Jacob Humber; University of California-Davis
  • Spatial Competition and Economics of Biofuels from Corn Stover
    Juan Pablo Sesmero and Joseph V. Balagtas (Purdue University)
  • The Role of Market Scenarios on Farmers’ Switchgrass Adoption Decisions -- An Agent Based Modeling Approach
    Haoyang Li and Brent R. Rose (Michigan State University)

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Session 2100 Contracts and Crop Commercialization in the Presence of Market Imperfections: Evidence from  Sub-Saharan Africa
Selected Presentation Paper Session (International Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway B

This session includes research analyzing the effects of commercialization and input and output contracts on household welfare and production. Papers focus on the effects of contract farming on household food security in Madagascar, the role of risk on horticulture crop adoption and participation in export markets in Ghana, the welfare effects of maize commercialization in Kenya, and the effects of land titling in Ethiopia on households' contract choice.


  • Commercialization effects on household income, poverty, and diversification: A counterfactual analysis of maize farmers in Kenya
    John Olwande; Tegemeo Institute of Egerton University and Melinda Smale; Michigan State University
  • Risk on Dynamic Behaviour of Farmers in the Export Market: A Case from the Pineapple Industry in Ghana
    Aya Suzuki; University of Tokyo
  • Smallholder Participation in Contract Farming and Food Security
    Lindsey Novak and Marc F. Bellemare (University of Minnesota)

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Session 2101 Coping Strategies and Resiliency in Africa and Asia
Selected Presentation Paper Session (International Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Calhoun

Papers in this session address challenges and issues associated with household resiliency in Africa and Asia.  Household strategies and policies to address these challenges are discussed.


  • Estimating the Resiliency of Zambian Smallholder Farmers:  Evidence from a Three-Wave Panel
    Anthony G. Murray; USDA-ERS and Bradford f. Mills; Virginia Polytechnic State
  • Food Price Subsidies and Nutrition:  Evidence from State Reforms to India's Public Distribution System
    Prasad Krishnamurthy; UC Brekely, Vikram Pathania; London School of Economics, and Sharad A Tandon; USDA-ERS
  • Multidimensional Household Food Security Measurement in Rural Zambia
    Ayala Y. Wineman; Michigan State University
  • Non-Food Coping Strategies in Response to the World Food Price Crisis:  Evidence from Education in India
    Sharad A Tandon; USDA-ERS

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Session 2102 Costs of International Trade
Selected Presentation Paper Session (International Trade)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Skyway B

In addition to firm performance both fixed and variable costs influence the decision to participate in trade. This session explores the role trade-specific costs in play in shaping the pattern of international trade.


  • Misaligned distance: why distance can have a positive effect on trade in agricultural products
    Heiko Dreyer; University of Giessen
  • Trade Costs, Financial Constraints, and Firm Performance in Developing Countries
    Eric Tseng; Ohio State University

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Session 2103 Conservation, Ecosystem Services, and Land Use
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Natural Resource Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; St. Croix

This session explores topics related to conservation, ecosystem services, and land use. Topics include tradeoffs between welfare and biodiversity objectives in urban open space protection, accounting for private benefits in ecological restoration targeting, the effects of conservation policies on residential development, and a hedonic approach for estimating natural capital values for agricultural land.


  • Accounting for private benefits in ecological restoration planning
    Maksym Polyakov and David J. Pannell (University of Western Australia)
  • Estimating a Natural Capital Account for Agricultural Land
    René Roy and Paul J. Thomassin (McGill University)
  • Residential Development and the Effect of Competing Forest Conservation Policies
    Jeffrey S. Ferris and David Newburn (University of Maryland)

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Session 2104 Productivity
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Production Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Minnehaha

Papers in this session conduct measurement of productivity and identification of its driving factors on a range of activities.


  • Deconstructing the inverse land size-yield relationship
    Simone Pieralli; University of Maryland and Humboldt University-Berlin
  • Impact of Land Ownership on Productivity and Efficiency of Rice Farmers:  A Simulated Maximum Likelihood Approach
    Krishna Koirala; Louisiana State University, Ashok K. Mishra; Louisiana State University, and Samarendu Mhanty; IRRI
  • Productivity and Efficiency of Southeastern U.S. Meat Goat Farms
    Berdikul Qushim, Jeffrey Gillespie, and Kenneth W. McMillin (Louisiana State University)
  • The Conventional-Organic Crop Yield Gap: Evidence from Farm-Level Data
    Timothy A. Delbridge and Robert P. King (University of Minnesota)

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Session 2105 Biofuels Policy Design and Price Effects
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Superior B

This session looks at biofuels from a variety of perspectives, ranging from compliance costs under the renewable fuel standard to consumer preferences and the effect on livestock production.


  • Compliance costs and RIN prices under the Renewable Fuel Standard
    Gabriel Lade, C.-Y. Cynthia Lin, and Aaron D. Smith (University of California, Davis)
  • Consumer Preferences for Second-Generation Bioethanol
    Tongzhe Li and Jill J. McCluskey (Washington State University)
  • On the Dynamics of Price Discovery: Energy and Agricultural Markets with and without the Renewable Fuels Mandate
    Layla Shiva, David A. Bessler, and Bruce A McCarl (Texas A&M University)
  • Pricing RIN and Corn in a Competitive Storage Model
    Wei Zhou and Bruce A. Babcock (Iowa State University)

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