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Food Safety and Nutrition Section and Senior Section to Co-sponsor Annual Meeting Session on Feeding the Poor in America

In response to post- WWII concerns about hunger in America, Federal programs were put in place to serve the food needs of the poor. By the end of the 20th Century, Federal and Federal-state feeding programs constituted major budget outlays and a large government infrastructure. In recent years, efforts have been made by the Congress to trim these programs. Some of the changes in food safety net programs are included in the 2014 Farm Bill. In view of these changes, those concerned with feeding the poor are turning their attention to new and innovative ways to address food access concerns. A session at this summer’s AAEA Annual Meeting will examine the current state of food security policy in the U.S. and present several ideas about how the not-for-profit and private sectors can step up their initiatives to decrease food insecurity. The session will draw on experienced professionals in the private and not-for-profit sectors who will share their ideas and proposals. The session will conclude with a discussion of areas of research that could provide improved efficacy of alternative food delivery channels and explore new channels that could lead to decreased food insecurity and improved nutrition.

If you have interest in food security, nutrition and social safety net programs, please plan to attend this session on feeding America’s poor at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 28.

Call for Nominations: Latin American Section Outstanding Selected Research Paper Award and Selected Poster Award

The AAEA-Latin American Section Outstanding Selected Paper and Poster Awards seek to recognize outstanding research on Latin American issues presented at the 2014 AAEA Annual Meeting. Two awards will be given:

  1. Outstanding Selected Research Paper
  2. Outstanding Selected Poster

General Rules:

  • A nomination statement shall be submitted to the Chair of the Subcommittee (Miguel I. Gómez, for the award in electronic PDF form (the form will be available in the AAEA Latin American Section website).
  • The nomination packet shall also include a copy of the research paper and indicate whether it will be presented as a selected paper or a selected poster.
  • The research paper or poster must be accepted for presentation at the AAEA Annual Meeting.
  • Any AAEA member(s) may make one nomination (including self-nominations) of a paper or poster. Selection is made from among those nominated.
  • Nominations for the awards are open to both single- and multi-coauthored selected papers and posters.
  • Nominations should be submitted no later than June 23, 2014.
  • Awards will be announced at the LAS Section Business Meeting.
  • A plaque will be awarded to the best paper and poster.

AEM/GSS Case Study Competition

The case study competition is a long and prestigious tradition in the Graduate Student Section. Every year, groups of students have a chance to show off their case study skills and win prize money as well as the great honor of being a case study competition winner. In collaboration with the Agribusiness Econometrics and Management Section, the Graduate Student Section Case Study Competition allows graduate students to test their communication skills and their ability to apply their knowledge of agricultural economics and agribusiness subjects to practical situations. Students competing in the competition will receive a copy of the case study at least two weeks in advance of the AAEA Annual Meeting.

AEM/GSS Case Study Competition Rules:

Each team should prepare an oral summary of their solution to the case that will last no more than 15 minutes. Presentations lasting over 15 minutes will be penalized. After the presentation, teams should be prepared to answer questions from the judges on their interpretation of the case.

Teams can be comprised of up to three graduate students. Students may either compete as a team from the same school, or may choose to be mixed with students from other schools. If there is only one student from a school that wants to participate, the student can compete on their own, or he/she can be matched with other students. In the case of teams that are matched with individuals from different universities, competitors will be notified of their teammates as soon as possible, but no later than the same day the case is announced.

AEM/GSS Case Study Competition Prizes:

The top three teams will receive plaques and cash prizes.

  • First Place: $300
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place: $100

Specific Information for the 2014 Case Study Competition:

The number of rounds will be determined by the number of teams entered. The final round will be composed of the top 3 teams. In addition to plaques and cash prizes, the three finalist teams will also be recognized during the AAEA Awards Ceremony.

  • Sunday, July 27, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: First Rounds of Competition
  • Monday, July 28, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Final Round
  • Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony

Students participating in the case study competition will need to be registered for the Annual Meeting AND the Case Study Competition.

Students should register for the AAEA Annual Meeting through the 2014 Annual Meeting Registration Form which is available online.

Each team must also complete the Case Study registration form identifying their teammates and send it to AAEA no later than June 16, 2014.

Please direct any questions regarding the 2014 AAEA Case Study Competition to Dr. Aslihan Spaulding ( or GSS Section Chair, Brandon McFadden (