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The Wall Street Journal

Food cannons alone can’t protect farms from depressed prices. But they are part of the growing field of agritainment—which also includes corn mazes, hayrides and goat yoga—that can serve as a hedge for farmers during tough times. Farm-linked recreation was a nearly $1 billion business in 2017, according to Claudia Schmidt, an assistant professor of agricultural economics at Penn State University.

Claudia Schmidt, Penn State University

President's Message

Keith Coble
AAEA President

August 2019

AAEA, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your President this year. If you attended my Presidential Address, you heard me speak to the relevance of the profession. Thank you to the many individuals who came forward and offered to work on making us a more relevant organization going forward. We will continue to have more discussions about how to achieve this goal. I encourage members to consider how to better train our students to engage with non-economists and policy makers. Lastly, I challenge us to consider how to expand engagement with our graduates working in industry.

I also want to apologize for some errors in the awards program. We are working to do better next year. When members earn awards, we want to insure they receive proper recognition. Congratulations to all the 2019 award winners. I do want to mention the great opportunity we had to engage with the Center for Disease Control while in Atlanta. Health economics is a growing and exciting part of our profession, and I understand that a proposal to form a health economics section is in development to be submitted to the AAEA Board. Finally, I participated in a tremendous post-conference mentoring workshop led by Madhu Khanna. It was fun for me and greatly beneficial for our younger members. Watch for details of another workshop coming in the next year.

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