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May 2017 Issue 11

President's Column

May 2017

Let me begin by thanking everyone who took the time to vote in the 2017 AAEA Elections.  Kudos to the nominating committee.  They pulled together an outstanding set of candidates. Congratulations to David Zilberman from the University of California, Berkeley who was elected incoming President-Elect and to our newly elected incoming directors, Kathy Baylis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Norbert Wilson from Tufts University.  I’m excited to work with David, Kathy, and Norbert over the next year. 

The 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago is just around the corner, and we have been preparing in earnest to make this one of the best meetings yet.  The meetings are an excellent opportunity to learn from each other, see old friends, and make new ones as well.  If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to register and secure hotel reservations.

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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:
Call for Moderators

We seek your assistance! If you are attending the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago, please consider volunteering to serve as a Session Moderator. One moderator is needed for each Selected Presentation and Lightning Session to keep the session on schedule and to foster interesting discussion that will hopefully provide helpful feedback to presenters. Sessions have up to four presenters, and Lightning Sessions will have up to eight presenters; all will last 90 minutes. Volunteer moderators will receive detailed instructions via email prior to the Annual Meeting. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our very short moderator form here.

If you have any questions regarding the role of a moderator, feel free to contact Lauren Seward at or (414) 918-3190.

2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Hotel & Registration - Deadline Approaching!

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:

  • USDA-Economic Research Service
  • Kansas State University
  • National Council of Applied Economic Research

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:
Call for Participation for AEM/Graduate Student Section Case Study Competition

The AEM/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 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting. Deadline is June 12, 2017. Please direct any questions regarding the 2017 AAEA Case Study Competition to Dr. Lia Nogueira-Rodriguez ( or GSS Section Chair, Aaron Ates (
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2017 AAEA Annual Meeting: Grant Writing by Early Career Professionals
“Money Talks” Hear first-hand what donors think is most important in proposal preparation

Pre-conference Workshop
Saturday, July 29, 2017
7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Registration opens at 7:00 am
Cost: $66
Grants available for first 20 participants through funding from the AAEA Trust
This workshop aims to strengthen the core grant writing skills of early career professionals, offering the opportunity to learn more about the perspectives of major funding organizations by engaging directly with donor representatives. The event will also facilitate networking among young early career professionals.
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2017 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Call for Nominations for LAS Outstanding Selected Research Paper Award & Selected Poster Award

The AAEA Latin American Section is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 Outstanding Selected Research Paper Award and Selected Poster Award, which are awarded annually for outstanding research on Latin American issues presented at the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting. Application packages will be accepted until June 1, 2017.

For application steps and more information, please visit: Or feel free to contact Dr. Jose A. Lopez, LAS Chair at

Call for Applications:
Editor of Choices Magazine

The AAEA Board is seeking applications for a co-editor of Choices magazine to help further the strategic goals of the publication as a resource for readers interested in the policy and management of agriculture, the food industry, natural resources, rural communities, and the environment. Choices magazine currently reaches over 2700 non-member subscribers, but there is room to grow.
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Other News

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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Agricultural Finance Review Special Issue

Agricultural Finance Review journal ( has just published a special issue commemorating 100 years of farm credit. Sponsored by the NC-1177 (Agricultural and Rural Finance Markets in Transition) the papers in this issue represent a broad swath of agricultural finance research in the USA. The special issue is guest edited by Calum G. Turvey, Ashok K. Mishra and Charles B. Moss.
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Inter-Conference Symposium

Submission of full papers: Full papers written in English should be submitted via the ConfTool system NO LATER than June 1, 2017. The papers should be no longer than 10 pages total including Tables, and Figures (References do not count in the 10 page limit). Papers should be double spaced, use Times New Roman Font 12 with one-inch margins all around. The papers should provide a background section, a clear explanation of the core research question(s), data and methods used, results, conclusions and key references. Authors are asked to adhere to all stated requirements.
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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.