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March 2017 Issue 5


President Column
March 2017

A lot is happening with the AAEA.  Although the summer meetings are still a few months away, we have already begun to schedule invited papers, organized symposia, and selected papers.  I’m pleased to announce that we have an outstanding set of plenary speakers for the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago.  Charles Plott, one of the pioneers of experimental economics and political science, will kick off the meetings with the keynote address and Dan Ariely, author of Predictable Irrational, will end the meetings by giving the Galbraith Lecture.  And, back by popular demand is an additional night to network at Reunions/Receptions.

I’m also pleased to welcome two new AJAE editors: Tim Richards from Arizona State University and Terry Hurley from University of Minnesota.  Tim and Terry will join Tim Beatty and Travis Lybbert from University of California, Davis to round out the AJAE editor team.  Thanks to James Vercammen and JunJie Wu for their hard work and service as outgoing editors. 

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Harry M. Kaiser
2017 Fellow

Harry M. Kaiser has made important contributions to the advancement of agricultural and applied economics in research, undergraduate and graduate teaching, extension/outreach, and service. After earning a BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a PhD in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at Cornell University where he has been for more than 30 years. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Charles H. Dyson School, and is the Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics.

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Other 2017 AAEA Fellows:

  • Damona Doye, Oklahoma State University
  • Mario J. Miranda, The Ohio State University
  • Philip Garcia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Robert J. Myers, Michigan State University

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2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago:
Registration Rates & Travel Grant Information
AAEA invites you to take part in our 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30- August 1, 2017. Our meeting will be taking 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 for the event early as rates will be increasing. Registration for #AAEAChicago17 will be open in Mid-March. Registration Rates may be found on the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting page online.
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Register for the 2017 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!

2017 AAEA Early Career Professional Workshop:
Registration is now OPEN
Who: This Workshop is for Early Career Professionals currently in a position in the academic or government fields. Topics include: teaching; service: learning when to say "NO"; grant writing and project management; work-life balance; research and publishing; extension and outreach; successful communication; strategies and working with the media; navigating re-appointment, promotion and tenure; and advice on careers outside of academia. Registration forms are due with a post marked date of May 5, 2017.
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Land Water, and Environmental Economics (ENV) Section Workshop:
Water Resources & Policy: Exploring the Risks, Benefits and Opportunities for Conservation
The purpose of this workshop is to inform Congressional staff, agency staff, and other research analysts about research on water quantity, water quality, and related policy being conducted by agricultural economists and engage in an interactive dialogue on research needs and priorities for future research useful for policy development. The intended beneficiaries of this exchange are various stakeholders affected by Farm Policy, researchers, and policy-makers. The workshop will bring together representatives from academia, research organizations, government agencies, and Congressional staff for presentations on and discussions about the current state of science, current knowledge gaps, and policy constraints. To encourage the participation of those outside academia, one member on the organizing committee is from a government agency.
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Call for Submissions:
2018 ASSA Annual Meeting
President-Elect Scott Swinton is soliciting proposals and suggestions for AAEA invited paper sessions at the 2018 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA January, 5-7, 2018.

The objective of AAEA sessions at the ASSA Annual Meeting is to share new knowledge of interest to economists. The AAEA encourages sessions that will draw widely from ASSA attendees, including sessions jointly sponsored with other ASSA member associations.
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Other News

Call for Undergraduate Teams:
David Sparling Business Case Competition at CAES
Deadline: Midnight (PST), April 13, 2017

The CAES is pleased to announce the new David Sparling Business Case Competition This competition is a great opportunity to showcase the next generation of business leaders in the agri-food industry. Teams will be required to work through a complex, real-world challenge related to sustainability in the agri-food value chain, develop a creative, practical solution and present their findings and recommendations to a panel of judges made up of industry executives and academics.
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Call for Proposals: WERA-72 Annual Meeting
The Future of Agribusiness Research, Teaching and Extension
June 12-13, 2017 in Boise, Idaho

The WERA-72 Committee will host its annual meeting on June 12-13 in Boise, Idaho. The Executive Officers are seeking proposals for program activities for the 2017 WERA-72 meeting. Agribusiness researchers, teachers, and extension specialists are invited to submit proposals.
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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,


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new positions HERE.