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AAEA News | Wednesday, December 19, 2018
AAEA Member Profile

Chicago Tribune

Farmers have been struggling for five years as the cost of land, fertilizer, chemicals and seed have remained high, but net income has fallen. Some who rent their land or have accumulated high debt could be forced out of farming by the crisis. "Individually, we've got some problems out there," said Chad Hart, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University. "This squeeze will be enough to put a few farmers out of business."

Chad Hart, Iowa State University

President's Message

David Zilberman
AAEA President

November  2018

This fall, I started to understand some of the challenges of running the association and I really appreciate the work of the main office and previous presidents. It is quite a challenge. My term is short and the pace is fast. We already started to plan the annual meeting. The annual meeting website is being constantly updated.  One of our challenges is to build a community and to help our members enhance their skills. Fortunately, we have the resources to establish several mentoring activities and we hope that some of you will respond for the call for proposals for the mentoring and coaching initiatives. Furthermore, the mentorship committee is planning an early career professional program for individuals in applied economics research positions in both academic and non-academic careers, and I encourage some of our young members to take advantage of it. The mentorship committee is also planning a symposium on developing multidisciplinary leaders that will be in mid-June 2019 and will take place at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science Policy at Tufts University. We will provide you with more information as it is available.

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