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Concurrent Session Schedule (2 of 8)

Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel

*Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and content may change prior to the Annual Meeting*

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I. Invited Paper Session
            Session 1023 (Productivity Analysis and Emerging Technologies)
II. Track Sessions
             Session 1024 COSBAE/CWAE
             Session 1025 AFM/CRENET
             Session 1026 FAMPS/Int'l
             Session 1027 FSN/Senior
             Session 1028 IBES
             Session 1029 ECONO/Int'l
             Session 1030 EVN
             Session 1031 EXT
III. Organized Symposium Sessions
             Session 1032 (Teaching, Communication, and Extension)
             Session 1033 (Research Methods/Econometrics/Stats)
             Session 1034 (AERE)
IV. Selected Presentation Paper Sessions
             Session 1035 (Ag Finance and Farm Management)
             Session 1036 (Demand and Price Analysis)
             Session 1037 (Environmental and Nonmarket Valuation)
             Session 1038 (Food and Agricultural Marketing)
             Session 1039 (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
             Session 1040 (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
             Session 1041 (International Development)        
             Session 1042 (International Trade)
             Session 1043 (Natural Resource Economics)
             Session 1044 (Productivity Analysis and Emerging Technologies)


I. Invited Paper Session

Session 1023 Adapting to Climate Change: Water Resources, Extreme Weather Events, and Agricultural Sustainability
Invited Paper (Productivity Analysis and Emerging Technologies)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Regency


Under climate change, the rising frequency of serious extreme weather events has challenged agriculture production efficiency and productivity growth. The vulnerability of agriculture to climate change will depend, in part, on its ability to adapt to changing production conditions. Designing appropriate adaptation measures to extreme weather events requires rigorous and empirical analysis. Therefore, the goal of this session is to present studies from different perspectives in addressing the impacts of climate change.

Organizers: Sun Ling Wang; USDA-ERS and Paul W. Heisey; USDA-ERS
Moderator: Paul W. Heisey; USDA-ERS
Discussant: C. Richard Shumway; Washington State University

  • Farmers’ Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events and Its Determinants in China.
    Jikun Huang,  Jinxia Wang, and Yangjie Wang; China Center for Agricultural Policy
  • Agricultural Production under Climate Change: The Potential Impacts of Shifting Regional Water Balances in the U.S.
    Elizabeth Marshall,Marcel Aillery, Scot Malcolm, and Ryan Williams; USDA-ERS
  • Impacts of Climate Change and Extreme Weather on U.S. Agricultural Productivity
    Sun Ling Wang , Eldon Ball, Richard Nehring, Ryan Williams, and Truong Chau; USDA-ERS

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II. Track Sessions

Session 1024 Effective Approaches to Working with Hard-to-Contact Limited Resource Agricultural Producers
Track Session COSBE/CWAE
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore B

Mainline extension programs frequently miss the specific needs of hard-to-contact limited resource and socially disadvantaged agricultural producers. Well-crafted partnerships between public and private organizations involving the government, higher education and the private sector hold the key to effectively addressing the needs of this client group. Four presenters will discuss some of successful and effective strategies used to work with this client group. The presenters represent extension, private industry, and community based organizations. The discussion will center on broad application of these strategies with specific examples from around the United States.  

Justification: Small, limited resource and socially disadvantaged agricultural producers are valuable members of rural communities. Frequently, it is from this population that new approaches to production and marketing are developed, out of the shear necessity for survival. Moreover, mainline programs (production, education, marketing, etc.) typically miss the specific needs of these individuals.  Frequently, this group of producers or farming community is difficult to contact using traditional extension channels or approaches. Identifying feasible approaches and credible organizations to address their needs is key and pivotal to ensuring the survival of this often neglected clientele.


  • Duncan M. Chembesi; Alabama A&M University
  • Laurence M. Crane; National Crop Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Blondel A. Brinkman; USDA-APHIS


  • Albert E. Essel; Virginia State University
  • Laurence M. Crane; National Crop Incsurance Services, Inc.
  • Ronald L. Rainey; University of Arkansas
  • Ntam Baharanyi; Tuskegee University

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Session 1025 Role of Credit in Economic Performance of Rural Areas
Track Session  AFM/CRENET
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore C

Credit has been an important lifeline to rural communities. As wealth creation becomes a greater focus of economic development efforts in rural America, issues surrounding the financing of rural asset investments become increasingly important. This session provides a contemporary evaluation of the role of credit and institutions providing credit on the economic performance of rural places. The first paper studies the link between agricultural and rural credit and economic growth in rural counties. The second paper examines the role of the recent recession on the capital adequacy of Farm Credit System wholesale banks. The third paper explores the efficiency of rural financial institutions, specifically credit unions in rural counties.

Organizer and Moderator: James M. Fannin; Lousisana State University


  •  Role of Agricultural and Rural Credit Growth on Economic Performance in Rural Counties.
    Denis A. Nadolnya; Auburn University, Valentiana M. Hartarska; Auburn University and Xuan Shen; Auburn University
  • Farm Credit: Reliable Credit for Rural America? Jeremy M. D'Antoni; USDA-ERS
  • Notions of Efficiency with Rural Credit Unions.
    Steven C. Deller; University of Wisconsin and Jean-Paul Chavas; University of Wisconsin

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Session 1026 Food Quality and Trade
Track Session  FAMPS/Int'l
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Fifth Level; Lake Superior B

This session focuses on three aspects of the connection between food quality and trade:

(1) Luisa Menapace and GianCarlo Moschini provide an overview of key institutional aspects of Geographical Indications (GIs), including differing national policies and international harmonization efforts (TRIPS agreement), with an emphasis on their role in the provision of quality in agri-food markets. The implications for international trade in GI products that can be derived from the existing theoretical literature on the economics of GIs will also be discussed. Data on trade flows of GI products will then be used to illustrate some of potential implications of the ongoing debate on alternative approaches to the international protection of GI rights.

(2) Alessandro Olper and Daniele Curzi review the role of product quality in recent firm heterogeneity models, followed by a discussion of methods to infer product quality from trade data, and how to analyze the effects of trade liberalization in the origin country, and/or the diffusion of voluntary food standards in the destination market, on the rate of quality upgrading in food export markets.

(3) Ian Sheldon and Brian Roe extend existing work on credence goods and trade, to include a "diagnosis" stage whereby ill-informed consumers rely on a third party to certify that a food product has beneficial characteristics, e.g., shade-grown coffee is good for the environment. This compares to existing models of credence goods which focus only on a "treatment" stage, i.e., the coffee is simply certified as having been shade-grown. Adding the diagnosis stage allows for "deep capture" by food producers who attempt to influence regulatory outcomes on what quality claims can be made about food products, which has implications for the analysis of equilibrium food quality as well as trade flows.

Organizer: Ian M. Sheldon; Ohio State University
Moderator: Jill J. McCluskey; Washington State University


  • Geographical Indications and International Trade in Agri-food Products.
    Luisa Menapace and GianCarlo Moschini; Iowa State University
  • Firms, Trade and Food Quality Upgrading.
    Daniele Curzi; University of Milan, Alessandro Olper; University of Milan
  • Certification, Food Quality Standards and Trade.
    Ian M. Sheldon; Ohio State University and Brian E. Roe; Ohio State University

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Session 1027 Feeding the Poor in America
Track Session FSN/Senior
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore A

Given changes for food safety net programs in the New Farm Bill, innovative food access programs must be developed or enhanced.  This session outlines the current state of food security policy in the U.S. and presents several ways in which the not-for-profit and private sectors are stepping up their initiatives to decrease food insecurity.  The session concludes with a discussion of areas of research that can provide evidence as to improving the efficacy of, and exploration of new food delivery channels that can lead to decreased food security and improved nutrition while improving the economics conditions of communities.

Organizer: Jane M. Kolodinsky; University of Vermont
Moderator: Craig G. Gundersen; University of Illinois of Urbana Champaign
Discussant: Jean Kinsey; University of Minnesota

  • The Current State of the Food Security Safety Net.
    Craig G. Gunderson; University of Illinois of Urbana Champaign
  • NGO Sector Innovations.
    Rob Zeaske; Second Harvest
  • Private Sector innovations.
    Sarah Geisert; General Mills, Inc.
  • Current Evidence and Future Research Needs for Community Food Security and Health.
    Jane M. Kolodinsky; University of Vermont

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Session 1028 Behavioral Finance: Insurance, Loans, and Timing of Home Ownership
Track Session  IBES
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway A

This session aims to present and discuss the use of behavioral and experimental economics to empirically test and model individual decision-making involving risk. Topics cover  insurance demand with choice-set-dependent preferences;  relative efficiency of costly incentives and almost costless information in loan decisions; and the timing of homeownership as a function of credit constraints and future price expectations.  Discussion will be focused on the power of experiment in establishing reliable causal inference, the strategies to distinguishing behavioral patterns from competing explanations, and policy implications that can inspire more cost effective program designs.

Organizer: Jessica Cao; Unviersity of Guelph
Moderator: Travis J. Lybbert
Discussant: Christopher B. Barrett

  • Optimal Insurance Contract Design When Consumers Exhibit Choice-Set-Dependent Preferences.
    Jing Cai; University of Michigan
  • Costly Incentives and Costless Information in Loan Decision: A Framed Field.
    Jessica Cao; University of Guelph and Calum G. Turvey; Cornell University
  • Rushing into American Dream? House Prices, Timing of Homeownership, and Adjustment of Consumer Credit.
    Xing Huang; Michigan State University, Sumit Agarwal; National University of Singapore, and Luojia Hu; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Session 1029 Applications of Hierarchical Regression Models in Development Economics
Track Session Paper ECONO/Int'l
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Fifth Level; Lake Superior A

Although used widely outside of economics, hierarchical or mixed models have received relatively little attention by agricultural and applied economists. As research continues to take advantage of datasets constructed and assembled from multiple sources, utilizing data observed at different spatial or organizational scales, the scope for hierarchical estimation techniques expands.  This is especially true in the context of development economics, where household data are increasing merged with institutional and geospatial data to draw statistical inferences about the importance of the economic, policy and physical environments in which economic decisions are made. This session focuses attention on the design and application of mixed model regression techniques. We provide a broad overview of the advantages and uses of hierarchical models, and provide examples from developing country contexts that include the incorporation of geospatial and institutional levels of analysis in the context of household- and individual-level analysis. We expect the topic to attract a wide audience given the focus on new methods and a range of innovative applications.  Note that the session includes only three presentations in order to maximize discussion among those in attendance.

The first paper, “Hierarchical Models: Some History, A Primer and An Application” by Garth Holloway presents the origins of the hierarchical model construct; outlines briefly a few situations in which the methodology is considered to be most useful to practitioners (in agricultural, environmental and resource economics); and presents a few methodological insights, evolving from extensions of the normal linear model, with refinements in order to facilitate inference in production, discrete choice and mixture-model settings.  The separate data-generation environments are briefly illustrated in a re-evaluation of milk-market development in the Ethiopian highlands. 

The second paper, “Crop Portfolio Choice Under Risk: Mixed Discrete-continuous Analysis of Household Panel Data in West Africa” by Jeremy Foltz and Dan Phaneuf uses hierarchical modeling and a 17 year panel of farm data to analyze the crop portfolio choice problem of Malian households.  The authors use integrated discrete and continuous choice models to test the determinants of choice among different crops, cash crops versus subsistence crops, with endogenous land allocation decisions, across time, space, and climate variability.  The research identifies the differential roles that prices, risk, climate, food security and household composition play in determining farmer crop portfolio choices and ex-post risk profiles.

The final paper in the set “A Global Comparison of Economic Development and Natural Resource Use: Evidence from Hierarchical Regressions” by Gerald Shively uses a large global-comparative dataset to test a range of competing hypotheses regarding forest degradation.  The dataset represents the experiences of nearly 7,000 households in 24 developing countries operating in a range of physical, institutional and policy environments. A series of hierarchical and nonparametric regressions are employed to better understand the drivers of natural resource use and environmental reliance, and to explore the ways in which heterogeneity in setting influences observe outcomes.

Organizer: Gerald E. Shively; Purdue University

  • Hierarchical Models: Some History, A Primer and An Application.
    Garth John Holloway; University of Reading
  • Crop Portfolio Choice Under Risk: Discrete-continuous hierarchical analysis of household panel data in West Africa.
    Jeremy D. Foltz; University of Wisconsin and Daniel J Phaneuf; North Carolina State University
  • A global comparison of economic development and natural resource use: evidence from hierarchical regressions.
    Gerald E. Shively; Purdue University

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Session 1030 New Pathway and Scenario Concepts for Assessment of Climate Impacts and Adaptation at Regional and Global Scales
Track Session EVN
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway B

The global change research community has recognized that new pathway and scenario concepts are needed to implement impact and vulnerability assessment that is logically consistent across local, regional and global scales (Moss et al. Science 2010). For global climate models, Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) have been developed; for impact and vulnerability assessment, new socio-economic pathway and scenario concepts have also been developed (Kriegler et al. 2012; van Vuuren et al. 2012, Global Env Change), with leadership from the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC). One of the goals of these new developments is for them to be linked to sector-specific and regional pathways and scenarios. A major effort in this direction is the development of global and regional Representative Agricultural Pathways (RAPs), with leadership from the Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). This session will provide an overview of the RAPs concept and methods for their development within the integrated assessment framework developed by AgMIP (presentation 1), and then illustrate their development and use by the global agricultural modeling community (presentation 2) and by a regional study of climate change in Pacific NW wheat systems in the United States (presentation 3). Applications using this methodology will also be presented in an International Section Track Session on “A New Trans-Disciplinary Approach to Regional Integrated Assessment of Climate Impact and Adaptation in Agricultural Systems”, based on studies being carried out in Africa and South Asia.

Organizer and Moderator: John M. Antle; Oregon State University

  • Global RAPs -- Framing Agricultural Futures at Different Scales.
    Hermann Lotze-Campen; PIK, Martin Von Lampe; OECD, Hans Van Meijl; LEI-Wageningen University, Keith Weibe; International Food Policy Research Institute, and Dominique Van Der Mensbrugghe; FAO
  • Representative Agricultural Pathways and Climate Impact Assessment for Pacific Northwest Agricultural Systems.
    Jianhong Mu, John M. Antle; Oregon State University, Hongliang Zhang; Oregon State University, Susan M. Capalbo; Oregon State University, Sanford Eigenbrode; University of Idaho, Chad Kruger; Washington State University, Claudio Stokle; Washington State University, and J.D. Wulfhurst; University of Idaho
  • Representative Agricultural Pathways: A New Trans-Disciplinary Approach to Integrated Assessment of Climate Impacts and Adaptation.
    Roberto O. Valdivia; Oregon State University, John M. Antle; Oregon State University, Lieven Claessens; ICRISAT, Gerald C. Nelson; University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Cynthia Rosezweig; NASA, Alex Ruane; NASA, and Joost Vervoort; Oxford University

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Session 1031 Hydraulic Fracturing of Tight Formations to Produce Oil and Gas Creates New Competition for Resources: Balancing the Interests of Production Companies with Those of Agricultural and Other Resource Users
Track Session EXT
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Mirage

Hydraulic fracturing is transforming oil and gas production, but raises concerns among agricultural interests and others that also use surface and groundwater resources, as well as the land surface. This session explores balancing interests of landowners, water users, oil and gas companies, and public interest in resource protection and conservation.

Organizer: Theodore A. Feitshans; North Carolina State University
Moderator: L. Leon Geyer; Virginia Tech

  • Water Quantity: Competition and complementarity - balancing water needs of agriculture with needs of gas and oil production
    Jesse Richardson; West Virginia University College of Law
  • Water Quality: Protecting the quality of water needed for agriculture in the context of gas and oil production
    Leon Geyer; Virginia Tech
  • Oil and gas lease/surface use agreement considerations
    Shannon L. Ferrell; Oklahoma State University
  • Ownership of oil and gas rights
    Theodore A. Feitshans; North Carolina State University

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III. Organized Symposium Sessions


Session 1032 TAA for Farmers Program: Linking Extension Education Technologies with Economic Stimulus
Organized Symposium (Teaching, Communication, and Extension)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Northstar A

TAA for Farmers is a national multifaceted USDA program that used Extension to deliver technical and financial assistance to 10,983 agricultural producers and fishermen.  This symposium presents the innovative application of Extension education technologies, financial assistance and how Extension delivered $83 million in direct economic stimulus.   

Organizers: Shannon Neilbergs; Washington State University and Ronald L. Rainey; University of Arkansas
Moderator: Robert H. Craven; University of Minnesota

  • The Future of Extension Program Delivery: The Case for Online Training. Curtis L. Mahnken.
    University of Minnesota

  • The Effect of Cash Incentives on Extension Program Outcomes.
    Nathan Kemper; University of Arkansas
  • Beyond Evaluation as Usual: Evaluating TAA Program Effectiveness and Outcomes with a Broadened Range of Methods and Progressive Measures.
    Danna Moore; Washington State University

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Session 1033 New Data Opportunities and Data Challenges for Agricultural Economics Research
Organized Symposium (Research Methods/Econometrics/Stats)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Northstar B

Changes in the “data environment” and data availability can create challenges for Agricultural Economists and can limit the types of questions that economists can explore empirically. Yet, new data techniques and data possibilities are continually evolving, creating opportunities for new lines of inquiry. The presentations and discussion in this session highlight data opportunities and new data techniques and possibilities.

Moderator: James Michael Harris; USDA-ERS

  • Kathleen M. Farrin; Ohio State University
  • Jeremy G Weber; USDA-ERS
  • Ashok K. Mishra; Louisiana State University
  • Barrett E. Kirwan; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Session 1034 Information and Behavior
Organized Symposium (Natural Resource Economics)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway C

Information and its assimilation are critical for economic decision making.  This session examines behavioral responses in a range of environmental contexts.


  • Economics of a Light Bulb: Experimental Evidence on CFLs and End-user Behavior.
    Robyn Meeks; University of Michigan and Eliana Carranza; World Bank
  • Forecasts and Adaptation.
    Jeffrey Shrader; UC San Diego
  • Loss aversion and public goods: A field experiment in alternative commuting.
    Laura Grant; University of Wisconsin
  • Shock or salience? A natural experiment in billing frequency.
    Casey J. Wichman; University of Maryland

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III. Selected Presentation Paper Sessions

Session 1035 Empirical Methods in Agricultural Finance
Selected Presentation Paper (Ag Finance and Farm Management)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway D

This session includes papers that advance the empirical methods in agricultural finance.


  • A Relative Information Approach to Modeling Dynamics of U.S. Farmland Values.
    Olufemi D. Bolarinwa; University of Florida, Gulcan Onel; University of Florida, Jacyln D. Kropp, and Charles B. Moss; University of Florida
  • A Split-Population Duration Approach to Understanding Agricultural Banking Survival Strategies During the Late 2000s Recession.
    Xiaofei Li; University of Georgia, Cesar L. Escalante; Unversity of Georgia-Athens, and James E. Epperson; University of Georgia
  • The Impact of Crop Price on Nitrous Oxide Emissions: A Dynamic Programming Approach.
    Ruohong Cai; Princeton University, Xin  Zhang; Princeton University, and David R. Kanter; Princeton University
  • Analysis of Supply Response and Price Risk on Rice Production in Nigeria
    Opeyemi E. Ayinde, University of Ilorin

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Session 1036 Using demand analyses to inform public health policy
Selected Presentation Paper (Demand and Price Analysis)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; LaSalle

There are unique opportunities for agricultural economists to apply various consumer demand models to study public health topics. This session brings together four papers that aim to shed new light on important food and tobacco policies using demand analysis tools.


  • U S Demand for Tobacco Products in a System Framework
    Yuquing Zheng; RTI International, Chen Zhen; Research Triangle Institute, James Nonnemaker; RTI International, and Daniel Dench; RTI International
  • Dynamics of Advertising and Demand for Fluid Milk in the United States: An Incomplete Demand Approach.
    Rejeana M. Gvillo; Texas A&M University, Senarath Dharmasena; Texas A&M University, and Oral Capps., Jr; Texas A&M University

  • Information Cost and Consumer Choices of Healthy Foods.
    Xiaoou Liu; Renmin University of China and Chen Zhu; China Agricultural University, Chen Zhu; China Agricultural University, and Rigoberto A. Lopez; University of Connecticut
  • Store-Differentiated Demand and Retail Food Availability.
    Gayaneh S. Kyureghian; Korea University, Azzeddine M. Azzam; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Rodolfo M. Nayga; University of Arkansas

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Session 1037 Adaptation to Climate Change
Selected Presentation Paper (Environmental and Nonmarket Valuation)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway F

The papers in this session consider land use changes and other adaptations to changes in weather and water availability. The costs of adaptation choices are measured, and climate damage functions are assessed.


  • Accounting for Land Use Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts on US Agriculture.
    Shun Chonabayashi; Cornell University
  • Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Flood Mitigation Policies.
    Qin Fan; California State University-Fresno and Meri Davlasheridze; Texas A&M University-Galveston
  • Farmer Adaptation to Heterogeneous Canal Water Supply.
    Agha A. Akram; Yale University
  • Loaded DICE: Refining the Meta-analysis Approach to Calibrating Climate Damage Functions.
    Peter H. Howard; New York University and Thomas Sterner; University of Gothenburg

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Session 1038 Consumer Preferences for Labels and Certifications
Selected Presentation Paper (Food and Agricultural Marketing)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway G

This session will highlight applied research on consumer preferences for a variety of labels that indicate production practices or supply chain decisions that have outcomes important to consumers.


  • Consumer Preferences, Ecolabels, and Effects of Negative Environmental Information.
    Xianwen Chen; Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Frode Alfnes; Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Kyrre Rickertsen; Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Altruism and Preference for Social Certification Schemes
    Leslie J. Verteramo Chiu; Cornell University

  • Humane, Organic, or Grass-fed: Which Production Methods Matter Most to Consumers?
    Kathleen R. Brooks and Brenna Ellison
  • Understanding Producers’ Motives to Adopt Sustainable Practices: The Role of Expected Rewards, Risk Perception, and Risk Tolerance.
    Dianne J.B. Hofenk; Wageningen University, Joost M.E. Pennings; Maastricht University, and Andres A. Trujillo-Barrera; Wageningen University

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Session 1039 Trade
Selected Presentation Paper (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway H

Trade issues, policies, and economic effects.


  • A Political-Economy Analysis of the GMO Trade Agreement.
    Qianqian Shao; Technical University Munich and Justus Wesseler; Wageningen University
  • Technology, Ecology and Agricultural Trade.
    Kari E. Heerman; USDA-ERS
  • Trade liberalization in the presence of domestic regulations: Likely impacts of the TTIP on wine markets. Bradley J. Rickard; Cornell University, Olivier Gergaud; KEDGE-Bordeaux Business School, and Wenjing Hu; Colorado State University

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Session 1040 Topics in Water Resources and Water Use
Selected Presentation Paper (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway I

Water resource availability, and the efficient use of water, will become increasingly important in the future.  This set of studies extends from the optimal design of dams to farmer irrigation and water use by households.


  • Adapting to Monsoon Variability in India: the Case for Irrigation.
    Esha Zaveri; Pennsylvania State University, Karen Fisher-Vanden; Pennsylvania State University, Douglas H. Wren; Pennsylvania State University, and Robert E. Nicholas; Pennsylvania State University
  • Household Adoption of Water Conservation and Resilience Under Drought:  The Case of Oklahoma City. Patrick Kanza; Oklahoma State University, Tracy A. Boyer; Oklahoma State University, and Justin Moss; Oklahoma State University
  • Modeling effects of multiple conservation policy instruments and exogenous factors on urban residential water demand through household heterogeneity.
    Elena Tchigriaeva; University of Nevada-Reno, Corey Lott; University of California-Santa Barbara, and Kimberly S. Rollins; University of Nevada-Reno
  • The Economics of Water Project Capacities and Conservation Technologies.
    Yang Xie; University of California-Berkeley and David Zilberman; University of California-Berkeley

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Session 1041 Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Evidence from Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa
Selected Presentation Paper (International Development)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway J

This session considers the dynamic relationship between agricultural productivity and climate. Papers focus on changing agricultural productivity in Brazil, examine the effect of climate change on smallholder land use in Zambia, analyze the effect of climate fluctuations on rural labor markets in Mexico, and estimate the evolution of total factor productivity over in Sub-Saharan Africa.


  • Agricultural Productivity and Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa:Water Scarcity, Moisture, and Temperature Effects.
    Aziza Kibonge; University of Nebraska
  • Climate change and crop choice in Zambia: A mathematical programming approach.
    Ayala Y. Wineman; Michigan State University and Eric W. Craword; Michigan State University
  • Rural Mexican Labor Market Responses to Weather Shocks.
    Katrina K. Jessoe; UC Davis, Dale Manning, and J. Edward Taylor; University of California-Davis
  • The Effects of Climate Changes on Brazilian Agricultural Production – A Multisector growth model analysis. Humberto F.S. Spolador; University of San Paulo and Rodney B.W. Smith; University of Minnesota

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Session 1042 The Increasing Role of Biofuels and Clean Technology in International Trade
Selected Presentation Paper (International Trade)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway E

The rise of new and alternative technology can have important implications for agricultural production and trade. Papers in this session explore aspects of alternative fuels and clean technology as well as their impact on international trade.


  • Does the US have Market Power in Importing Ethanol from Brazil?
    Sunil Dhoubhadel; University of Nebraska, Azzeddine M. Azzam; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Matthew C. Stockton; University of Nebraska
  • Impacts of U.S. biofuel mandate waiver on world ethanol and biodiesel market.
    Deepayan Debnath; FAPRI University of Missouri, Julian C. Binfield, and Jarrett Whistance; University of Missouri
  • The Nexus of Trade and Environmental Policy for Biofuels.
    Jayson F. Beckman; USDA-ERS and Joseph C. Cooper; USDA-ERS

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Session 1043 Fisheries Management and Modeling
Selected Presentation Paper (Natural Resource Economics)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Harriet

This session examines topics related to fisheries management and modeling, including a study introducing a methodological innovation for estimating fisheries production functions, two bioeconomic studies examining fisheries management questions, and an empirical study estimating the impacts of disease management regulations on recreational fishing value.


  • A Natural Experiment Identifying Disease Regulation Effects on Recreational Fishing.
    Jessica Klatt; Michigan State University, Frank Lupi; Michigan State University, and Richard T. Melstrom, Jr; Salisbury University
  • Are Two Rents Better than none?  When Monopoly Harvester Co-ops are Preferred to a Rent Dissipated Resource Sector.
    Hirotsugu Uchida
  • Measurement Error in the Generalized Schaefer Production Model.
    Christopher Burns; University of Masschusetts-Amherst
  • Optimal Management of a Multi-Species Fishery with Bycatch.
    Richard T. Melstrom, Jr; Salisbury University

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Session 1044 Agricultural Production Efficiency
Selected Presentation Paper (Productivity Analysis and Emerging Technologies)
Monday, July 28, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Minnehaha

In this session a diverse set of applied papers are presented. Topics include the introduction of new crops, biotechnology, and migration on agricultural production efficiency.


  • A meta-regression analysis of frontier efficiency estimates from Africa.
    Kolawole Ogundari; Kyushu University
  • Farm Heterogeneity in Biotechnology Adoption with Risk and Learning: an Application to U.S. Corn.
    Do-il Yoo; Chungbuk National University
  • Migration, Local Off-farm Employment and Agricultural Production Efficiency: Evidence from China.
    Hui Wang; Michigan State University; Jing Yang; Zhejiang University, Songqing Jin; Michigan State University, Kevin Z. Chen; IFPRI-Beijing, Jeffrey Riedinger; University of Washington, and Chao Peng; China Research Center for Rural Economy
  • Stochastic Frontier Yield Function Analysis to Predict Returns to a New Crop: An Example of Camelina sativa Yields Conditional on Local Factor Levels.
    Sofia Kotsiri; North Carolina State University, Kelly Zering; North Carolina State University and Michelle Mayer; North Carolina State University

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