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You may register for a pre- or post-conference workshop while registering for the annual meeting or by calling the AAEA Business Office at (414) 918-3190. The last day to register online for ALL workshops is July 9, 2018 or until sold out. If you are registering only for a pre- or post-conference workshop or would like to add a workshop or luncheon after you register, please download the registration form and submit with payment to or fax the form to the AAEA Business Office (414) 276-3349.

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Pre-conference Workshops

Post-conference Workshops at Washington Marriott Wardman Park or Tours

Post-conference Workshops at USDA-Economic Research Service Building

Post-conference Workshops at USDA Whitten Building

Pre-conference Workshops:
Saturday, August 4


BEER Section Local Brewing Industry Tour
This workshop includes a distillery tour and two brewery tours including one that is 100% solor-powered.
Saturday, August 4
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
$100 includes private tours, samplings, lunch and transportation.
For safety purposes, closed toe shoes are required. 

This tour will provide a look into the craft brewing industry in D.C. with discussions at each stop on the economics of beer and brewing. The tour will be private, ensuring that the discussion at each location is pertinent to the section and the interests of the conference attendees. The BEER section is committed to providing industry experience and insights relevant events to section members.

  1. The first stop is District Distilling Co. for tour and tasting. Read more about District Distilling Co:

At District Distilling Co., we’re proud to present a world-class distillery featuring custom-made German still equipment.

It matters who grows what goes in our glasses. We partner with suppliers of the best ingredients, including many of the Mid-Atlantic's finest farmers. And, our gins feature juniper species not found in other gins, and wildcrafted from the West Texas mountains.

  1. The second stop is Right Proper Brewing Company - Brookland Production House for tour, tastings and lunch.

Right Proper Brewing Company consists of a small handful of folks who share a passion and vision. These are the folks who put their heart and soul into making the beer taste as delicious as possible, and delivering it to our neighbors with a smile.

Right Proper Brewing Company started out of a vision that centered around DC as a hometown, with each neighborhood defined by a different culture and not one that relied solely on museums and monuments (though we love those too).   The beers would be defined by the yeasts used to ferment them as opposed to the hops that bittered them.  The bar would be a gathering place for the community, one that evoked conversation and lit by candles instead of TV screens.

  1. The third stop is Atlas Brew Works for tour and tastings. 

Atlas Brew Works: As of August 2015, Atlas is a 100% solar-powered brewery through a partnership with Solar Solution making it DC’s first solar powered brewery. Being an environmental steward is important to Atlas and in 2016 it won a District Sustainability Award. It also cans its beer in 100% recyclable packaging which weighs less than glass and so uses less fossil fuel to ship in distribution.

Atlas integrates recycling into many parts of its brewing process including recapturing water for re-use and donating spent grain to local farmers for use as feed and compost. "As the brewing world is shifting from large international breweries to smaller and locally focused, being a part of the community is very important," says CEO Justin Cox. 


Towards Engagement and Collaboration of 1890, 1862 and Federal Institutions: A Win-Win for the Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Professions
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
*Offsite Workshop at Economic Research Service (ERS)

Brief Description of Topic: The purpose of this workshop is assess engagement and collaboration, and to explore strategies to enable collaborative linkages to address institutional, funding, and operational gaps between the 1890 and 1862 land grants, and other institutions in agricultural economics research, teaching, and extension.  Discussions on how to promote collaboration and engagement have been ongoing between COSBAE members at the three entities (1890, 1862 and federal institutions) given the under-representation of minorities in graduate Agricultural Economics programs, academia, and other research professions

Intended Audience: Our intended audience includes all AAEA members interested in expanding and exploring ways to enhance engagement and collaboration among the three entities. This workshop should also be appealing to graduate students and young or early-career professionals and leaders in the profession with administrative responsibilities—Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Administrators. The speakers will consist of practitioners who are engaged in identifying ways to enhance engagement and collaboration among the three entities and graduate students and young profession tasked with overcoming the challenges isolation within the profession. 

Thank you to our sponsor: AAEA Trust


The Basic and Advanced Use of National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) to Support Research on Health and Nutrition Assistance Policy
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
$15  (Attendee required to bring their laptop)
*Offsite Workshop at Economic Research Service (ERS)

Description of Workshop: National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) has been designed to capture item-level price and quantity information on all foods acquired at and away from home from a nationally representative sample of 5,000 noninstitutionalized U.S. households. The first FoodAPS oversampled the low-income population from those households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and those nonparticipating households with income below 185 percent of the poverty guidelines (many of whom are SNAP eligible). The survey provides comprehensive, detailed, and consistently integrated data about the factors influencing food choices.  Since its public release in November, 2016, the first FoodAPS has been used to conduct research on a variety of key topics on health and obesity, hunger, and nutrition assistance programs.

The proposed workshop will illustrate the access and use of FoodAPS data in informing researchers and policy makers in food acquisition (choice and behavior) and nutrition assistance programs. In the proposed workshop, researchers from USDA Economic Research Service, will describe the FoodAPS program (survey sampling design, data collection and public release) and demonstrate the basic uses of publically-released FoodAPS data in household food acquisition and national nutrition assistance policies in the U.S. The advanced use of restricted FoodAPS data through data enclave at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), an independent research organization at the University of Chicago, will be demonstrated. Case-studies on working with both public and restricted FoodAPS data will be provided.

For more information on the survey, please refer to:

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees: The FoodAPS data provide a unique opportunity for applied economists to study food demand and food policy issues, including issues related to diet quality, food assistance programs, food insecurity, and food access. Interested AAEA members, particularly graduate students and young career professionals, will benefit from this workshop in that they will learn how to access the FoodAPS data and gain an understanding of the full potential of these data that include over 1,000 variables. The workshop provides the basics for attendees to understand and use the content and structure of the data and position them to access the data to initiate exciting economic research on critical food issues such as food access, food security, SNAP impact on food acquisition.

Intended Audience:  Academics, students, and government officials

Format of Presentations (subject to change)

The half-day workshop is planned as a series of presentations with opportunities for Q/A and discussion.

  • FoodAPS: overview and background. Mark Denbaly)
  • FoodAPS design basics: population coverage, sample design, data collection, data products. Xingyou Zhang
  • Basic use of public FoodAPS data: data access, descriptive statistics and regression analysis. Xingyou Zhang
  • Advanced use of restricted FoodAPS data: restricted data access, data linkages, and statistical analysis and modeling. Xingyou Zhang.
  • Case studies with FoodAPS data:
    • Food access, Shelly Ver Plog  
    • Healthy Eating Index, Lisa Mancino
    • Household characteristics with obese children, Young Jo
    • Nutrition information of Food At Home and Food Away From Home, Eliana Zeballos

Thank you to our sponsor:  Economic Research Service (ERS)

Post-conference Workshops:
Wednesday, August 8


NIFA Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities Project Directors Workshop
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Students: $25     Professionals: $55      
Attendee required to bring their laptop
At Marriott Wardman Park

Brief Description of Topic: The workshop will involve presentations of completed and work in process of projects funded from the past few years by NIFA’s Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive research programs in agricultural and resource economics.  We expect three AFRI economics programs to be represented: (1) the Economics, Markets, and Trade (EMT), (2) the Environmental & Natural Resource Economics (ENRE), and (3) Innovations for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities (IREC) programs.  Project directors whose projects are completed, near-completed, or ones seeking feedback will present papers outlining their research endeavors and findings.  Projects that are in early stages will present posters outlining their project objectives, methods and anticipated results.

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees: The AFRI economics programs have become quite competitive with the ability to fund only 15-20% of submitted proposals.  A successful submission must be of high intellectual merit and provide broader impacts in terms of advancing the discipline and/or addressing important policy issues or informing economic behavior and decision-making.  The presented papers will illustrate the quality of research funded by AFRI and present variety new research addressing topics of interest to the AAEA members.

Intended Audience: The attendees will largely consist of project directors and/or co-project directors, with both completed projects and ongoing projects.  Ideally the workshop will attract an audience of individuals who have not submitted proposals to AFRI or those who have submitted proposals but have not been successful in receiving an award.  For that audience it is hoped that the workshop will provide a sense of the type and quality of research that is funded.  The workshop will also provide an opportunity for junior faculty to talk with experienced project directors about their views and experience with proposal submission and create an opportunity for both new and experience individuals to network and foster new research collaboration.


Thank you to our sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA


Science Communications and Media Engagement Workshop
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
At Marriott Wardman Park

Workshop Description: AAEA has engaged the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology to conduct a communications workshop for our members. This four hour workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part termed Science Communication Fundamentals focuses on the core components of successful public engagement. Participants are introduced to the AAAS public engagement framework, a guide they can apply to all kinds of interactions. Participants learn how to identify a public engagement goal, determine the relevant audience, craft tailored messages to achieve their goal and rehearse their engagement scenario. This workshop includes both facilitator presentations and attendee exercises. Examples include:

  • learning why economics communication is valuable and how to engage in outreach activities
  • understanding and connecting to public audiences
  • selecting audiences and developing targeted engagement strategies
  • identifying individual strategic communications goals
  • handling interaction with stakeholder audiences
  • accessing resources to communicate science and economics and find outreach opportunities

The second component termed Strategic Media Engagement provides agricultural economists an understanding of established best practices with regard to media engagement. It includes:

  • overview of the science media landscape
  • strategies for effective targeting of messages
  • handling interaction with media and public audiences

The registration fee is only $25 and includes light refreshments. Workshop size is strictly limited to enable better communication among attendees and presenters, so please register early to assure your place.

Thank you to our sponsor: USDA-ERS


Extension Section Post Conference Tour
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

The three counties that make up Southern Maryland offer a unique perspective of both what was and what is Maryland agriculture. This is the region most associated with the old tobacco economy. It’s home to history, horses, and the region’s ongoing struggle to balance farm productivity with water quality concerns of the Chesapeake Bay and its feeder rivers. A growing role as a bedroom community for the greater Washington D.C. area, brings additional challenges and market opportunities that brings. The Extension Section tour offers a look at those and some unique businesses on this year’s tour.

  1. Shlagel Farms (

Over 100 years of continuous farming. Current fruit and vegetable production sells to chain groceries, wholesalers, and multiple farmers’ markets in the D.C./Baltimore region. A buyers club orders produce online for farm pickup and may include some local meats. Summer has strawberry picking and fall features pumpkin patches and educational tours.

  1. Bunker Hill Farm – Chip Bowling and Family

From Bunker Hill Farm in Newburg, Chip Bowling’s family continues generations of farming in the region. The home farm is 271 acres established in the 1940s on tobacco production with some livestock and grain production. When Chip took over, they took the state tobacco buyout in 2000 and grew to about 1,000 acres of grain in more than 100 leased fields throughout the area. These fields are located where poor management would mean direct runoff to the Potomac and Wicomico rivers, flowing quickly into the Bay. Consequently, water quality and management are a big deal for the Bowlings and Chip and his wife Lynn have been especially active in education and promotion related to that. Among other roles, Chip was the first two-term president of the National Corn Growers Association and is still in demand throughout the country to speak about the challenges of crop farming in the Chesapeake watershed.  Bunker Hill Farm is the backdrop for the tour’s “regional lunch” of downhome cooking and Chip’s thoughts on farming in a region wholly focused on risk of Bay contamination. There will also be discussion of commercial grain farming and domestic/foreign grain marketing in the Maryland-Virginia region.

  1. Hollywood Oyster Company (

Hollywood Oyster is located on 300 acres where the mile-wide Patuxent River is fed by Hogs Neck Creek in St. Mary’s County. What started as a weekend hobby for Tal Petty has turned into a major commercial effort since 2010. They start from seed on the dock and move the young oysters to water columns on leases throughout the Patuxent and Creek. The whole farm, and the oyster operation is powered by a solar farm. This includes significant chilling, packing and storage facilities not seen on most oyster farms. HOC grows and ships their Hollywood, Sweet Jesus, VaVoom, and Seasiders varieties. Arrangements with other growers are in place to fill any supply gaps. We’ll visit the farm. Maybe even sample some of their fare. Oh, by the way, there’s no movie industry in Hollywood, MD…just lots of Holly trees.


Making the Most of Federal Data: Combining Data for Economic Analysis
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Complimentary Workshop, but MUST pre-register
*Offsite Workshop at Economic Research Service (ERS) (Transportation to/from ERS not included in registration price.)

Description of Workshop: This workshop will show-case innovative research using data created by linking survey, administrative, and other microdata to answer economic or policy questions that could not be addressed using any single data source.  The focus will be on three broad themes: (1) challenges and solutions in linking data and ensuring that combined data provides representative and reliable estimates.  Cases studies will be presented and discussed to demonstrate the progress that is being made in these areas; (2) Confidentiality, privacy, and data access issues that must be addressed in producing these modern data products; and (3) The modernization initiatives underway for the Federal Statistical System, including (a) new data standards to facilitate data linking to improve estimates and expand research possibilities, expanding data access capabilities, and building capacity for the 21st Century.

(Subject to change)
8:00 am Pre-Registered check-in opens
8:30 am Welcome and Introduction – Objectives for the day
  • Mary Bohman, Economic Research Service
  • John Thompson, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics
9:00 am Discussion of Initiatives to Modernize the Federal Statistical System
  • Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Cases Studies in Combining Information from Multiple Sources
  • Mary Bohman, Economic Research Service, Facilitator
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Confidentiality, Privacy, and Data Access
  • Roger Claassen, Economic Research Service Facilitator
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Group Discussion – The Path Forward
  • John Thompson, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, Facilitator
4:00 pm Wrap-up
  • Mary Bohman, Economic Research Service   
4:30 pm   End of Workshop

Thank you to our Sponsor: COPAFS-Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics


The Convergence of Policy Issues in Produce Research: Labor/mechanization, NAFTA, and the Food Safety Modernization Act
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
*Offsite Workshop at Economic Research Service (ERS) (Transportation to/from ERS not included in registration price.)

Brief Description: Although produce accounts for over 20 percent of the value of U.S. crop sales in 2012, relatively few researchers focus on this area and little data exist compared to major program commodities. Recently enacted and proposed policies related to produce will potentially have large impacts on the produce industry.  The Produce Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) becomes binding on some growers beginning in 2018.  This is the first time that FDA will be regulating on-farm food safety for the produce industry, and many growers report struggling to come into compliance. Congress is expected to take up immigration reform which remains a critical issue for an industry that largely relies on seasonal labor for hand-harvested produce. Labor supply shortages in the produce industry have potential impacts on industry organization, mechanization, and import competitiveness. The current renegotiation of NAFTA will potentially impact the produce industry as well, considering that over 50 percent of produce imported to the United States comes from Mexico and Canada. A longstanding issue for produce research is lack of data required for analysis. Discussion of alternative sources of data would be useful to researchers and US government agencies.

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for both economists and a broader, produce policy audience.  It would bring together AAEA members and non-AAEA researchers from Federal agencies (FDA, AMS, NASS, NIFA, Labor, etc.), as well as industry representatives in the Washington area.

(subject to change)
8:30 am Welcome
  • Mary Bohman, Administrator of the Economic Research Service
8:45 am Labor/mechanization
Goal: To understand current supply and trends in labor availability, potential
policy changes that would impact labor, the impact of the labor supply
on growers, and whether mechanization can substitute for labor.
  • Moderator:
    • Tom Hertz, Economic Research Service
  • Discussant and discussion leader:
    • Phil Martin, University of California, Davis

Changing Supply of Labor in the United States and
Potential Supply from Mexico

  • Ed Taylor, University of California Davis
  • Diane Charlton, Montana State University

Technology Adoption: Blueberry Mechanization

  • Kim Morgan, Virginia Tech

Labor and H2-A

  • Fritz Roka, University of Florida
10:15 am Break
10:30 am NAFTA
Goal: To understand the impact of NAFTA and explore trends in produce trade.
  • Moderator:
    • Renee Johnson, U.S. Government Accounting Office--Invited
  • Discussant and discussion leader:
    • Shawn Arita, USDA, Office of the Chief Economist

The U.S. Produce Industry: The Impact of NAFTA and
other Factors

  • Linda Calvin and Steven Zahniser, Economic Research Service

The Benefits of U.S. Imports of Mexican Avocados

  • Gary Williams, Texas A&M University

Trade Remedies and Seasonal Crops

  • Sabina Neumann and Joanna Bonarriva, U.S. International Trade Commission
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Food safety
Goal: To understand the impact of the Food Safety Modernization
Act (FSMA) on the produce industry.
  • Moderator:
    • Julia Marasteanu, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Discussant and discussion leader:
    • Jennifer McEntire, United Fresh Produce Association

ERS/NASS Produce Grower Food Safety Practices
Surveys Results

  • Gregory Astill, Economic Research Service

The Role of Retailers in Produce Food Safety

  • Kristen Park, Rod Hawkes, and Ed McLaughlin, Cornell University

Mexican Growers’ Preparedness for FSMA

  • Belem Avendaño, University Autónoma de Baja California
2:20 pm Break
2:35 pm Panel: Data Issues and Opportunities
Goal: To understand data needs for produce research and possible
sources of new data.
  • Moderator:
    • Broderick Parr, Economic Research Service
  • Panelists:
    • Gary Thompson, University of Arizona
    • Jorge Garcia-Pratts, USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service
    • Travis Minor, Economic Research Service
    • Terry Long, USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
    • David Johnson, USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service--Invited
3:45 pm Wrap up--future directions in produce research
  • Suzanne Thornsbury, Economic Research Service
4:30 pm  Conclude


The Economics of Animal Health and Biosecurity (two-day workshop)
2-day Workshop but not required to attend both days
Wednesday, August 8 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 9 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
$65 (for one or two days)
Offsite Workshop at Economic Research Service (ERS) (Transportation to/from ERS not included in registration price.)

Rationale & Significance: The proposed workshop is designed to bring various stakeholders (e.g., government agencies, academic researchers, industry, and NGO’s) together to address animal health and biosecurity economic issues (e.g., costs of surveillance, quarantine, cleaning, vaccination, trade embargos, etc.) that are not only relevant and important in the United States, but also in Canada and Mexico. In particular, this workshop’s goals include the following:

  1. Improve organization and networking for those conducting applied research and policy analysis on animal health and biosecurity economics with those who will use this information.
  2. Identify the areas of applied research interests for policy makers, the needs of the researchers to meet those goals, and discuss how to move this plan forward.
  3. Create a plan for dissemination of applied research and policy analysis.
  4. Create a plan for training, educating, and mentoring the next generation of animal health and biosecurity economists.
  5. Create a plan to integrate this consortium of North American animal health and biosecurity economists with a current consortium of animal health economists in Europe, and more broadly network around the world.

Workshop Outcomes: The proposed workshop will contribute to a roadmap that synthesizes the participants’ discussion related to research, education, and outreach in animal health and biosecurity economics. This roadmap will be documented in a white paper and be made available on the internet. The Organizing and Planning Committee will also evaluate the possibility of additional outputs from the workshop (e.g., special issue in Choices Magazine). Additionally, this workshop will set the stage for the development of a network of North American animal health and biosecurity economists who can contribute to the increasingly important emerging and re-emerging animal diseases issues and discussions.


Exploring Federal Agencies and Congress:  Towards an Improved Understanding for an Impactful Career. Early Career Member Tour, Agricultural and Applied Economics Congressional Visits Day
Students: $20     Professionals: $35 (Registration includes breakfast and lunch on Wednesday)
Offsite Workshop at USDA Whitten Building (Transportation to/from USDA Whitten Building not included in registration price.)

Note: This workshop is two full days (Wednesday & Thursday) AND has a Mandatory meeting at 8:00 pm on Tuesday at the Marriott.  Must attend the Tuesday evening meeting in order to participate in the workshop. Attendee will be notified of additional details after they are registered.

Brief Description of Topic: This program trains the next generation of agricultural and applied economics leaders to understand resource, research, and collaboration opportunities available at federal agencies. It also will teach them to communicate their research findings, impacts, and ideas with policy makers in an objective and balanced way. The conference will include a welcome from the Senior Section and the AAEA Government Relations Committee. The C-FARE Board Chair will also offer insights as to the importance of objective communication and engagement on tough policy issues that the country and the world faces today.

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees: The event will include tours of agencies with highlights from Administrators or chief agency economists; meetings with congressional delegations to discuss the Priorities and Solutions Project Report; and engagement with program and research agency staff to discuss future research questions. The purpose of the post-conference event is to increase the awareness of young professionals of the resources and funding opportunities available to them through USDA as well as helping policy-makers become more aware of the work of the profession through engagement on the Priorities and Solutions Report.

  • Highlighting resources and opportunities: It will also provide participants with the opportunity to meet Administrators at key USDA research and program agencies. The tours will provide non-government economists with a better understanding of the grant programs, data and statistics, and professional experiences that are available at the federal level.
  • Understanding the federal budgetary and decision-making environment: Preparation for congressional visits will include a presentation on how to communicate in the DC environment and a presentation on the United States budget and appropriations process from the Executive Director of the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics. Experts in the media, congress, and the public sector will discuss the political environment with the attendees.
  • Opportunity to communicate research with congressional staff and Members of Congress
(subject to change)
Tuesday, August 7
Training for Agency and Participants Congressional Visits
Wednesday, August 8
8:00 am  Meet at Marriott Wardman Park
9:00 am

Breakfast in the USDA’s Secretary Dining Room

  • 1400 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

Tours to the Agencies

12:00 pm Lunch on USDA patio
1:00 pm  Visits or Additional Tours
4:00 pm Networking Reception
Thursday, August 9
8:00 am Meet at Marriott Wardman Park 
9:00 am Congressional Visits (House)
1:00 pm Congressional Visits (Senate)
4:00 pm Debrief and networking

Thank you to our sponsors: C-FARE, Senior Section, and the AAEA Trust

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