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The Economist

Rising sea levels or fast-moving forest fires that ravaged California this year might not threaten America’s heartland. But other changes do. Take agriculture which suffers as soil dries, rain falls erratically and winters get less cold. The National Climate Assessment, published late in November, warned of especially sharp rises in temperature in the Midwest, along with more intense rainfall and periods of drought. Research published in December by Ariel Ortiz-Bobea of Cornell University concurs with that.

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Cornell University
Erwin Knippenberg, Cornell University
Robert Chambers, University of Maryland

President's Message

David Zilberman
AAEA President

January  2019

Happy 2019! This is the beginning of the year, a time for hope and new beginnings. I hope that 2019 will be calmer and better than 2018. AAEA had very good Invited Paper sessions at ASSA in Atlanta. I always enjoy the calming city and look forward to our summer meeting in warmer and friendlier weather.

I am also looking forward to the award ceremony, and in particular to the inauguration of the new Fellows. I’d like to congratulate our forthcoming Fellows, Mary Bohman from USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, who led and fought to maintain the high standards of ERS during a tough period; Kevin Boyle from Virginia Tech, a creative innovator of macro and applied work on market evaluation; Matin Qaim from the University of Goettingen, and one of the best Agricultural Economists in Europe, and has research which has opened up many new frontiers; Ian Sheldon from The Ohio State University, who is a leading scholar of important agricultural international trade issues; and Wallace Tyner from Purdue University, who laid the foundation that was a pioneer and continues to lead research on energy and agriculture.  

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