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July 2017 Issue 14

President's Column

July 2017

It’s hard to believe my tenure as AAEA President is coming to an end.  It has been an honor and pleasure to serve an organization that has had such a positive impact on my own career.  Inheriting the reigns of an organization on solid financial footing and stable membership numbers, thanks in no small part to the outstanding leadership of previous boards and presidents, made the job immeasurably more enjoyable than it could otherwise have been. 

It has been a productive year for AAEA and I’ll use my last column to recap a few of the highlights:

  • 2017 Early Career Professionals Workshop'
  • “Priorities and Solutions” project
  • Integrating agricultural and applied economics within a broader economics discipline
  • AAEAs Journal Offerings
  • Smaller, more specialized conferences and symposia
  • New communications strategies (view AAEA Communications Video HERE)
  • 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago

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2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Working with the Media Session

If you’re interested in sharing your research with a new audience, don’t miss the “Working With the Media” session at the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting. You’ll get the chance to ask questions to journalists and hear stories from AAEA members with vast experience in working with members of the media. Whether you are interested in getting started with communicating to a broader audience or want to get advice from experts in the field, this is a session you won’t want to miss. Learn more about the session on the AAEA app:

Session Information: Tuesday, August 1st, 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

If you have any questions please contact Jay Saunders, AAEA Communications Manager, at

2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Business Meeting

Monday, July 31, 8:00 am–8:30 am
AAEA’s annual Business Meeting will be held during the annual meeting in Chicago, IL on Monday, July 31, in Salons II/III. This meeting gives members the chance to hear about the state of the Association. Updates will be given by the AAEA President, the Finance Committee, and the AAEA Trust Committee. Additionally, Board Members and Editors who are completing their terms will be recognized for their service. Lastly, those in attendance will be given an opportunity to voice any questions or concerns that they may have. We hope you’ll join us in Chicago.

2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Download the AAEA Mobile App

The AAEA Annual Meeting app is live! Be sure to download this years’ #AAEAChicago17 Annual Meeting app before arriving in Chicago.  The app will help you manage your networking, schedules, social media and much more in the palm of your hand.

Download it for FREE to your iPhone, iPad, or Android. Once installed, you’ll have instant access to all of the awesome features. Logging in to the app and adding yourself to the “Attendee” list will help you get the most out of the app features. Ready to get started? If you use Apple or Android, you can search for “AAEA” in your app store. Just look for the AAEA logo!

*AAEA created an app in 2016 which we will continue to use in 2017 and future meetings.

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2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Hotel & Registration
Advanced Registration Deadline has been extended until tomorrow (July 7, 2017)

AAEA invites you to take part in our 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30 - August 1, 2017. Our meeting will take place at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, located in the heart of the Windy City. Surrounded by the best theatres, shopping, dining and entertainment around, this is an ideal location. This is an event you are not going to want to miss. Make sure to register now as rates will increase. Invitation letter information posted.
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2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Register for the Employment Center

Registration is now open for the 2017 Employment Center taking place July 30- August 1, during the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. The Employment Center offers a great opportunity for highly qualified candidates to connect with a number of employers during the Annual Meeting. The Employment Center features a simplified registration and posting process that is integrated into the AAEA Job Board. Employer registration is $400 and includes unlimited job postings. Applicant registration is FREE, but participants must be registered for the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting..

For more information, please visit the online Employment Center. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Kenner. We hope to see you in Chicago!

Registered Employers:

  • Animal Plant & Health Inspection Service –USDA
  • Auburn University
  • Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science
  • Economic Research Service- USDA
  • University of Idaho
  • IDinsight
  • Kansas State University
  • National Council of Applied Economic Research
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Virginia Tech

2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Undergraduate Student Section:

On behalf of the Undergraduate Student Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, we cordially invite you and your students to attend and participate in the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago (July 30-August 1, 2017). Our section offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities for undergraduate students of agricultural and applied economics:

  • Academic Bowl Competition
  • Student Paper Competition
  • Earl O. Heady Decision Sciences Spreadsheet Competition
  • Outstanding Chapter Competition
  • Creative Club Competition

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2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Ticketed Events

Consider attending one of the special ticketed events.  If you have already registered for the annual meeting, call the business office (414) 918-3190 to register for pre/post conference workshop or luncheon/reception.  For additional information click on the special ticketed events pre and post conference workshops or luncheons/reception.

PC12 Grant Writing by Early Career Professionals
7:30 am – 2:00 pm
PC13 Applied Computational Economics
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
PC14 Econometric Methods for High-Dimensional Data
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Student: $15
Professional: $40
SP31 Extension Section Luncheon
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
*Member rate requires joining Extension Section
Student: $30
Member: $30
Non-Member: $60
SP32 Applied Risk Analysis Section Invited Speaker Lecture and Luncheon 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
SP33 CWAE, COSBAE and Specialty Crop Economics Speaker Series & Luncheon
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
SP34 International Section Lecture and Reception
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PC51 NIFA Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities Project Directors Workshop
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Student: $25
Professional: $55
PC52 Recent Developments in Experimental Economics
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
PC53 Extension Tour $100


Jerry Fletcher

Jerald “Jerry” J. Fletcher, 68, of Morgantown, died from cancer on Monday, June 19, 2017, at his home.

Jerry was born on a ranch in Basin, Wyoming, on January 4, 1949, to the late Wallace Fletcher and Thelma Boyd Fletcher. He was the third of four children. As a child he was active in 4-H, sports, and science fairs. Jerry would read everything in sight, becoming so engrossed that he’d miss the call to dinner. He graduated from Greybull High School, where he lettered in football and was a National Merit Scholar.
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Other News

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing & Emerging Economies (JADEE)

The JADEE Publishing Team is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Editor for the journal. Professor Ashok K. Mishra from Arizona State University, will replace Professor S.P. Raj as Editor of the journal starting July 1, 2017.

Ashok K. Mishra is Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Chair in Food Management, Morrison School of Agribusiness, W. P. Carey School of Business, at Arizona State University, where he conducts research and teaching activities in public policy, finance, agribusiness, and food security. For more information, please visit:
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Call for Proposals:
UCLA Law School Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program

Thanks to generous funding from Mr. Bob Barker, UCLA Law School is pleased to offer the Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program (“UCLA ALP Program”). The UCLA ALP Program exists to encourage new academic empirical research, with the goal of developing better empirical bases from which to understand, evaluate, and pursue animal law reform. Applicants from a variety of academic disciplinary backgrounds, including economics, sociology, demography, social psychology, moral psychology, medicine, plant-based nutritional science, cognitive science, law, public health, and public policy are encouraged to apply. 
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Journal of Food Products Marketing:
Special Issue on Food Waste

The Journal of Food Products Marketing will launch a new series of special issues exploring Contemporary Topics in Food Marketing. The first special issue will be guest edited by Dr. Brian Roe and Danyi Qi of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University on Food Waste: Marketing Strategies.
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Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
Call for Papers

Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research addresses a broad range of natural resource fields including water, minerals, energy, fisheries and forestry in a synthesizing fashion, rather than stand-alone specialty areas. It also publishes papers on the natural resource implications of climate change, natural disasters and biodiversity loss, among others.
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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards. There are many awards in Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry, including:

  • Mauritius: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Australia: Fulbright Senior Scholar in Resources and Energy (Curtin University)
  • Canada: Research Chairs in Environment
  • United Arab Emirates: All Disciplines (Teaching or Teaching/Research)
  • India: Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Awards (All Disciplines)
  • Georgia: Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Colombia: Fulbright-Universidad Nacional de Colombia Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

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AAEA is releasing "Members in the News" emails to the membership.

If you find a State, National or International story about an AAEA Member, please send a link of the story to
Allison Scheetz via email, or

What research and topics are you working on? Want to be an expert source for journalists working on a story? We want to hear from you. Contact Jay Saunders via email,
Communication out to the Public:

Sign up for listserv emails regarding
new positions HERE.