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You may register for a pre- or post-conference workshop while registering for the annual meeting or by calling the AAEA Business Office at (414) 918-3190. The last day to register online for ALL workshops is July 2, 2019 or until sold out. If you are registering only for a pre- or post-conference workshop or would like to add a workshop or luncheon after you register, please download the registration form and submit with payment to or fax the form to the AAEA Business Office (414) 276-3349.


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2019 Pre-conference workshops

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Pre-conference Workshops

PC11: Local Brewing Industry Tour

Date/Time:Saturday, July 20, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Off-Site Tour
Registration Fee: $50
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Bus will depart Marriott at 2:00 pm and return at 7:00 pm.  Join the BEER section on a tour of two breweries and learn more about what it means to be a brewery in Georgia while enjoying great beer. Registration includes transportation, tastings and food.

Additional information to follow.

PC12: Planning and Creating a Winning Grant Proposal – Do’s and Don’ts of Integrated Approach

Date/Time: July 20, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Registration Fee: $40
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Attendee Requirements:
Attendees Required to Bring Their Own Laptops.

Brief Description of Topic:

  • To improve our understanding and utilities of working in singular-disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary setting;
  • To strengthen team building and collaborative attribute;
  • To formulate plan of work and effectively achieve shared tasks and responsibilities; and
  • To embed creativity into proposal framework and contents to gain reviewers’ trust.

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees:
This interactive pre-conference workshop targets on AAEA membership to learn, share, and practice successful grant-writing strategies to integrate agricultural and applied economics into various research, teaching, and outreach subjects. Very often economists have been asked or added to proposals, just because we relate to ‘numbers’. However, most of AAEA members come from traditional economics training that may or may not provide sufficient experiences to act as an integrated component with STEM or other social science subjects. Our speakers have significant experiences in writing successful integrated grant proposals, and we will facilitate discussion and activities to explore and investigate purposes, rationale, significance, and linkages of economics concepts to different funding agencies. Our panelists will highlight processes and challenges to work with interdisciplinary teams. We will use statements in real proposals that have been funded and not been funded by specific agencies to compare/contrast grant-writing strategies. Finally, workshop participants will engage in a simulated grant-writing exercise to design and develop your own grant proposals.

Intended Audience:
The contents and information of this pre-conference workshop would be particularly beneficial to early career professionals and mid-career professionals who are seeking ‘out-of-box’ opportunities and innovative ideas to broaden participation and collaboration in conducting research, teaching, and outreach programs within AAEA and other science disciplines.

Attendee Requirements
Attendees Required to Bring Their Own Laptops.

Time Activity
8:00 am - 8:30 am Check in & breakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 am Introduction (Kathleen will lead)
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Transform an idea into a fundable proposal topic

  • Learning to explain economics to other scientists
  • Reviewing for interdisciplinary journals and multidisciplinary proposal
    review panels, describe challenges for economists to be included in
    interdisciplinary teams
  • Sharing experiences of working with economists. Describe some learning
    process and challenges (how to overcome barriers)
10:00 am - 11:00 am Identify, recruit, and create a collaborative team
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Establish a common agreement, language, and proposal outline
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch and networking exercises

  • Scavenger hunt for grants
  • Guided mini-elevator pitch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Proposal development and review real proposals (selected statements)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Learning feedback and conclude

PC13: Best Practices for Addressing the Replicability Crisis in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Date/Time: Saturday, July 20, 2019,   7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis (M302 & M303)
Registration: Students $15; Professionals $45
Pre-conference Workshop Travel Grant Stipend available. Details below
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Workshop Objectives:
A growing group of scholars has identified a replicability crisis across all areas of science, but particularly in the social sciences. Although a few recent, coordinated, replication efforts have shown that the conclusions from experimental economic studies from the best journals tend to be more reproducible than studies in other fields, these replications still showed substantial failures to reproduce and evidence of large exaggeration biases in estimated effect sizes. Similar concerns have been raised among empirical economics studies more generally. For example, a recent study of over 6700 empirical economics studies (Ioannidis et al. 2017, The Economic Journal) reported that the median statistical power was 18% and that “nearly 80% of the reported effects…are exaggerated; typically, by a factor of two and with one‐ third inflated by a factor of four or more.” This critique only addresses the pernicious impact of underpowered research designs and publication biases against small effect sizes and null results. Other problems are equally important, including data mining, specification searches, multiple comparison problems, HARKing (Hypothesizing after Results are Known), p-hacking, and fraud.

This AAEA pre-conference workshop will cover a range of these problems and ways to address them. Topics that will be covered include: (i) designing, conducting, and interpreting power analyses and analyses of exaggeration biases; (ii) maintaining the family-wise Type 1 error rate or the false discovery rate across multiple hypothesis tests; (iii) better reporting of statistical results and design features; and (iv) creating pre-analysis plans for experimental and nonexperimental designs.

At the end of the workshop, the audience and invited panel will debate the advantages and disadvantages of these methodological norms.

Intended audience
The workshop is aimed at all empirical economists who wish to stay abreast of the state-of-the art in efforts to improve the quality and credibility of empirical designs. The course covers topics that most economists and PhD students will not have seen in their graduate training, but which are increasingly being embraced across scientific fields. Specific subgroups include (a) applied economists interested in making their grant proposals stand out by applying recommended best practices, providing extra assurance to grantors that the findings produced from the proposed research will be replicable; (b) government economists who are often tasked with evaluating programs that may be ineffective would learn statistical tools that allow inferences regarding both negative and positive findings; and (c) graduate students and early career professionals who may wish to avoid pitfalls experienced by their older colleagues.

Time Activity
7:30 am Check-In, Continental Breakfast
8:00 am

Workshop Introduction

  • Paul Ferraro, Johns Hopkins University
8:15 am

The Scope of the Problem

  • Paul Ferraro, Johns Hopkins University,
    “Curb Your Enthusiasm: Overview of Best Practices in Empirical Research Design”
  • Timothy Wojan, Economic Research Service,
    “What You See is All There Is: Why Computation is the Best Remedy for Poor
    Intuition about Statistical Power”
9:00 am

Tools to Implement Best Practices

  • Timothy Wojan, Economic Research Service,
    “Ex Ante Statistical Power Analysis in Stata and R for Primary Data Collection”
  • Collin Weigel, Johns Hopkins University,
    “Ex Ante Statistical Power Application: Ineffective Nudges or Weak Tests?”
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:15 am
  • Dayton Lambert, Oklahoma State University,
    “Ex Post Statistical Power Analysis Using Observational Data: Scripts in STATA and R.”
  • Jason Brown, Federal Reserve-Kansas City,
    “Ex Post Statistical Power Analysis Application: Testing for Unintended Consequences of the Conservation Reserve Program”
  • Leah Palm-Forster, University of Delaware,
    “Multiple Comparisons and Best Practices for Maintaining the Family-wise Type 1 error rate or the False Discovery Rate”
12:00 pm Lunch
1:15 pm
  • Sarah Janzen, Kansas State University,
    “Creating a Pre-analysis Plan Right Here and Now”
2:15 pm Coffee
2:30 pm

Closing Panel Discussion: “Is Current Practice Good Enough? Is Best PracticeWorth the Extra Effort?”

  • Mindy Mallory, University of Illinois
  • Michael Carter (TBD), UC-Davis
  • Leah Palm-Forster, University of Delaware
  • Sue Hamann, National Institute of Health
3:30 pm

Workshop closing

3:40 pm


PC14: ISESSAH (International Society of Economics and Social Sciences for Animal Health) Workshop

Date/Time: July 20, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (one day event) followed by dinner at 6:30 pm
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Registration Fee: $80
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Workshop Objectives
Brief Description of Topic:
ISESSAH Meeting and GBAD Workshop.  The ISESSAH is a recently formed international organization of economists, social scientists, and health scientists from around the world (   The meeting and workshop will consist of 3 separate paper sessions each with keynote speakers which focus on the economic and social issues surrounding animal health.  Also, the “4th session” will be a workshop on the Global Burden of Animal Disease (GBAD).  Finally, there will be a business meeting and awards recognition.

The provisional programme includes keynote presentations from leading thinkers in economics and social sciences, namely:

  • Carl Johan Lagerkvist, Department Head and Professor of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Danny Hughes, Professor, Director, Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Glynn Tonsor, Professor Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University
  • Jonathan Rushton, Professor of Animal Health and Food Systems Economics (N8 Chair), University of Liverpool, UK

There will be sessions with oral presentations (15 min), flash talks (3 min) as well as poster sessions. Oral and poster presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. Presenters in the early stage of their career can apply to participate in the competition for the best oral presentation and poster. There will be a social function and dinner to provide ample time for the participants to engage in discussion.

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees:
The opportunity of ISESSAH members meeting with AAEA is important because of the economic expertise and diversity of AAEA members.  Also, we are engaging scientists from the US Centers of Disease and Control is then natural and key to this opportunity.  Finally, because the meeting is in Atlanta Georgia, it will be a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Global health program at Emory University, and other institutions and industry stakeholders.

Intended Audience:
Academic economists & social scientists, policymakers, government, and industry

ISESSAH Meeting itinerary
Time Activity
8:00 am - 8:30 am

Welcome to ISESSAH 2019

  • Thomas Marsh, Washington State University, USA and
  • Jonathan Rushton, University of Liverpool, UK
8:30 am - 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker

Economic values and farmer behavioral change: inertia, path dependence and choices for farm animal health

  • Carl Johan Lagerkvist, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Consumer perceptions regarding production practices to improve animal welfare in beef and dairy production

  • Jarkko Niemi, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland

A typology of farmers' behaviours toward avian colibacillosis: a comparison between a qualitative and a quantitative approach

  • Florence Beaugrand, ONIRIS, France

Network analysis of cattle movement in Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil) and implications for FMD outbreaks

  • Tais Menezes, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Human cognition and sources of Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia risk information

  • Richard Iles, Washington State University, USA
10:00 am -10:30 am Break with Poster Viewing
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Keynote Speaker

In the absence of developed infrastructure, transmission factors best predict carriage of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in people and their animals

  • Mark Caudell, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Kenya
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Will climate change contribute to larger financial impacts on liver fluke infected dairy farms in future?

  • Shailesh Shrestha, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), UK

A modelling and economic framework to support Cystic echinococcosis control in Peru

  • Matthew Dixon, Imperial College London, UK

Economic evaluation of control policies for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Bangladesh using One Health approach

  • Farzana Zaman, Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh

Approaches to measuring antimicrobial resistance's contribution to the Global Burden of Animal Disease

  • Walter Okelo, CISRO, Australia
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Spillover: uncovering animal disease outbreaks through human enteric disease surveillance

  • Megin Nichols, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Speaker

A deeper look at biosecurity economics

  • Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University, USA
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Economic assessment of vaccination against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and associated vaccine characteristics

  • Beat Thomann, University of Bern, Switzerland

The intention of Western Java smallholder broiler farmers to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

  • Muchammad Gumilang Pramuwidyatama, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

Feedlot producer perceptions of animal traceability systems

  • James Mitchell, Kansas State University, USA

Risk messages, biosecure behaviors and economic effects: connecting livestock disease to human decision-making

  • Gabriela Bucini, University of Vermont, USA
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break with Poster Viewing
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Lightning Round

Market Profiling Application (MPA): an online data collection and decision support tool for surveillance and management of animal & human disease risks

Tabitha Kimani, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy

Economic evaluation of the bluetongue disease impacts on the Italian sheep industry and the National Health Service

Massimo Canali, University of Bologna, Italy

Multi-criteria optimisation to fix the limits of present standards in microeconomics of animal health: the example of dairy production

  • Didier Raboisson, INRA-ENVT, France

Economic impact assessment of Foot and Mouth Disease in Turkey

  • Nursen Ozturk, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Turkey

Simulating outbreak scenarios for distinguishing risk mitigation behavioral strategies across agricultural production networks

  • Eric Clark, University of Vermont, USA

The value of genetic selection in reducing Bovine Respiratory Disease Incidence

  • Alexander Kappes, Washington State University, USA

A novel protocol for calculating tropical livestock units

  • Peregrine Rothman-Ostrow, University of Liverpool, UK

Dynamic of small scale poultry farmers' behavior in response to diseases

  • Alexis Delabouglise, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Vaccines for coccidiosis: pricing, efficacy and the productivity of intensive broiler systems

  • Jonathan Rushton, University of Liverpool, UK

Antimicrobial policies in beef production: choosing the right instruments to reduce antimicrobial resistance under structural and market constraints

  • Guillaume Lhermie, Cornell University, USA
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Business Meeting and Conference Wrap-up

  • Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University, USA
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Conference Dinner & Reception (offsite)

Post-conference Workshops

PC51: Extension Section Agricultural Tour

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24, 7:45 am – 5:30 pm
                   (Bus will depart the Marriott promptly at 8:00 am)
Location: Off-Site Tour
Registration Fee: $100
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Come join us to see Atlanta’s urban agriculture and its impact not only regionally but nationally. Includes transportation, tours, and lunch.

Love is Love farm– an organic farm

Beginning in 2008 as the heart-work of Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey, Love is Love Farm aspired to demonstrate that young, land-less farmers can build a successful farming operation and actively serve the good food movement through mindful land stewardship.

Gaia Gardens is a 4-acre certified organic farm owned by the East Lake Commons.  Since 1998, the 67 homeowners of ELC have leased their farm to a landless farmer in exchange for stewarding and working with the land.  The homeowners have contributed and improved the resources of the farm each year through their HOA fees, making Gaia Gardens a premier working farm and one of the first in-town farms to be established in the Atlanta-area.  In line with the values of the community, Gaia Gardens was also one of the first Community Supported Agriculture farms in Georgia.  It remains a successful example for eco-communities throughout the US.  Gaia Gardens is currently leased by us, Love is Love Farm.

The farm is certified organic and utilizes soil-based practices, such as continuous crop rotation, annual cover cropping, on-farm composting, conservation tillage, and old-fashioned hard-work, to cultivate the best and healthiest diversity of vegetables and fruit.    

Now that we have successfully completed 10 years of continuous operation, we still strive to grow healthy food.  We also aspire to sustain the success of farmers through collaboration.  

We love talking about what we do and can customize most tours to your interest in the history of agriculture, plants and their processes, ecosystems and environmentalism, local food and health, or organic farming practices.

DeKalb Extension Office

4380 Memorial Drive, Ste. 200
Decatur, GA 30032-1239

Lunch at Sweet Potato Café

Farm-to-table cuisine implies fresher ingredients that improve the taste and has a higher nutritional value. As expected, our fresh and simple menu will feature items made with the vitamin-rich sweet potato such as homemade biscuits, cobbler and hand-cut fries.

We will supplement our own onsite vegetable garden and fresh herbs with those of other local farmers that don’t believe in using harmful chemicals and practice sustainable agriculture. If you need to satisfy that sweet tooth, we can accommodate those cravings with our homemade desserts. The café serves free trade organic coffee and teas.

In the words of Atlanta native, Truett Cathy, “Food is essential to life. Therefore make it good.” Our chefs are here to make this happen and our kitchen door is always open. So stop by to visit and experience Sweet Potato Café’s hospitality.

Common Market Atlanta

The Common Market is a nonprofit regional food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. We strive to improve food security, farm viability, and community and ecological health.

Our mission is to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. We strive to improve food security, farm viability, and community and ecological health.

We envision a nation composed of vibrant regional food systems - where interdependent urban and rural communities thrive through relationships that build the health and wealth of all people.

The Common Market is dedicated to strengthening regional food systems, developing fair wholesale markets, improving public health and food access and promoting the viability of small and mid-scale farms.

When we complete research projects, we hope to leverage the impact of our work by sharing our experiences with others.  Read more about Common Market’s research reports

Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center is located in one of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods where the stories, mysteries and crusades of our region thrive. Our 33-acre experience features award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive activities and a variety of year-round adult and family programs. Inside and outside of our buildings, we reveal the magic, meaning and context that gives rise to a multidimensional, shared understanding of our city. A world of history awaits you!


On February 22, 2019, Atlanta History Center opened Cyclorama: The Big Picture, featuring the fully restored cyclorama painting, The Battle of Atlanta. At the centerpiece of this new multi-media experience is a 132-year-old hand-painted work of art that stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field, and weighs 10,000 pounds. This painting is one of only two cycloramas in the United States—the other being the Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama —making Atlanta home to one of America’s largest historic treasures.

PC52: Challenges, Implications, and the Future of Agricultural Trade between the US and China

Date/Time: July 24, 2019,   8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Registration Fee: $40
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Workshop Objectives
The US and China, the two largest economies in the world, have engaged in an escalating trade dispute since January 2018.  With the continuous failure in the bilateral trade negotiations between the two countries, additional tariffs could be imposed by the US government again on US imports from China and China responded with equal retaliation.  Agricultural trade between the US and China is facing great challenges, because China is the United States’ top agricultural export market outside of North America and agricultural commodities are on top of China’s list of retaliation.  In 2017, U.S. agricultural exports to China was almost $20 billion (USDA, 2018b) and top commodities included soybeans, cotton, hides and skins for leather products, fish, dairy, sorghum, wheat, nuts and pork (USDA, 2018a). The bilateral trade conflict has a further implication to the world’s multilateral trading system. 

From academic perspective, this workshop will focus on the discussion about the challenges, implications, and the future of agricultural trade between the US and China.  Our keynote talk is entitled, “U.S. economic nationalism and the trade war with China: is it a threat to the WTO?” Discussions will include, but not limited to, the following topics:  the demand and supply situations of some key commodities in China, influences of exchange rate and tariff on the trade flows, impacts from the trade conflict on producers and consumers of some key commodities in both countries, the bilateral trade conflict impact to other countries, as well as some policy suggestions.

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees:
This topic addresses the hot issues related to agricultural economics and should be of great interest of many AAEA member and attendees of the annual meetings.  The three co-organizers, AAEA China section, one university in the U.S. and another from China, all contribute financially which shows the common interests.

Intended Audience:
We believe this event will not only draw trade economists and government officials from the U.S., but also from China as there are an increasing number of Chinese agricultural economists participating in AAEA conferences and especially China Section events. In addition to trade economists, scholars in Chinese consumption and marketing as well as US production are also our targeted audience

Format of Presentations:
Will have a keynote speech, two sequential paper presentation sessions, and a closing panel discussion.

PC53: Early Career Mentoring 2-Day Workshop

Date/Time: July 24, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm and July 25, 7:15 am -1:00pm
Registration Fee: $85
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Application Deadline: February 28, 2019  Application deadline has passed

*Note: You must apply to participate in this workshop, see details below.

The AAEA Early Career Professional Mentoring workshop is aimed at professionals in research positions in applied economics in academic and non-academic careers. The workshop will consist of a one and a half day program, beginning directly after the 2019 AAEA meetings in Atlanta, Georgia, starting on July 24 and ending by mid-day on July 25, 2019.

The workshop will provide mentoring on topics critical for professional success in research and teaching careers. These topics include effective strategies for management of research activity, including obtaining funding, timely completion of projects and publications; communicating in the classroom and with external stakeholders; networking; managing time and achieving work-life balance. The workshop will offer opportunities for mentees to interact in small groups with  mentors in their research area of interest and obtain specific feedback on a completed draft of a research paper as well as more general guidance on strategies for success in their career path.

Potential mentees interested in applying to participate in this workshop should provide a 250 word description of their motivations for participating and desired learning outcomes and list two broad research areas that describe the working paper they intend to submit for feedback at this workshop. Examples of research areas include International Trade and Development/Production Agriculture, Prices, Finance, and Farm Management/ Agribusiness/ Environment and Natural Resources/Consumer Choice and Behavioral Economics/Applied Research Methods/Community and Regional Economics/Other.

Applicants with less than five years in their first professional position will be preferred. Attendees must arrange their own travel and lodging and pay a fee of $85. 

A complete draft of a working paper will be required to be submitted by June 24, 2019 to the mentors for review and feedback. Send your working paper to Sinais Alvarado at

We are excited about the opportunity to offer this workshop to mentor early career professionals. We hope you will apply, and look forward to seeing you at the workshop.


  • Kathleen Liang, North Carolina A&T University
  • Carola Grebitus, Arizona State University
  • Kent Messer, University of Delaware
  • Tim Beatty, University of California, Davis
  • Marc Bellemare, University of Minnesota
  • Scott Swinton, Michigan State University
  • Amy Ando, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Marca Weinberg, USDA Economic Research Service
  • David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley
  • Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
  • Dawn Thilmany McFadden, Colorado State University
  • Ashok Mishra, Arizona State University
  • Gerald Shively, Purdue University
  • David Just, Cornell University
  • Jeffrey Dorfman, University of Georgia
Day 1
Time Activity Room(s)
8:00am-8:30am Breakfast M101
8:30am-8:45am Welcome by Organizers M101

Large Group Session 1: Research Prioritization, Funding and Management

  • David Zilberman
  • Robbin Shoemaker
  • Madhu Khanna,

Small Group Session 1

Group 1: M102
Group 2: M103
Group 3: M104
Group 4: M105
Group 5: M106
Group 6: M107
Group 7: M108
Group 8: M109

Large Group Session 2: Getting Published

  • Tim Beatty
  • Ashok Mishra
  • Marc Bellemare
12:20pm-1:20pm Lunch M101

Small Group Session 2

Group 1: M102
Group 2: M103
Group 3: M104
Group 4: M105
Group 5: M106
Group 6: M107
Group 7: M108
Group 8: M109

Large Group Session3: Networking

  • Dawn Thilmany
  • Gerald Shively
  • Kent Messer

Small Group Session 3

Group 1: M102
Group 2: M103
Group 3: M104
Group 4: M105
Group 5: M106
Group 6: M107
Group 7: M108
Group 8: M109
5:00 pm-6:00pm

Large Group Session 4: Communication (Students/Media/Stakeholders)

  • Jeff Dorfman
  • Scott Swinton
  • Marca Weinberg
6:30pm Dinner M101

Day 2
7:15am-8:00am Breakfast M101

Large Group Session 5: Career Advancement/Promotion and Tenure

  • Amy Ando
  • Keith Coble
  • Kathleen Liang

Small Group Session 4

Group 1: SUITE 3803
Group 2: SUITE 3819
Group 3: SUITE 3824
Group 4: SUITE 3839
Group 5: SUITE 3903
Group 6: SUITE 3919
Group 7: SUITE 3924
Group 8: M101

Large Group Session 6: Balancing Work and Life and Time Management

  • David Just
  • Carola Greibitus
11:30pm-12.30 pm

Small Group Session 5

Group 1: SUITE 3803
Group 2: SUITE 3819
Group 3: SUITE 3824
Group 4: SUITE 3839
Group 5: SUITE 3903
Group 6: SUITE 3919
Group 7: SUITE 3924
Group 8: M101
12.30 pm-1.30 pm Lunch and Wrap Up M101

PC54: Public Health and AAEA

Date/Time: July 24, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Registration Fee: $35
Location: CDC Office
*You must pre-register to attend this workshop.
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Workshop Objectives
Many agricultural and applied economists work on issues related to health and many use Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health data.  The CDC coordinates collection of health data with U.S. states, conducts outbreak investigations, maintains national health statistics, and conducts research, including economic research to support these roles.  This workshop will provide participants with a rare opportunity to physically visit CDC’s “command center” for disease outbreak response, the Emergency Operations Center, to learn more about CDC’s work and data, and to participate in discussions about how Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) economists are using CDC data, as well as to explore new ways CDC data can be utilized in agricultural and applied economics research.

CDC presentations will focus on data collection or health impact estimation, challenges of this work and the implications of those challenges for data use and interpretation.  The focus will be on issues affecting food, health in rural areas, and the ways agricultural activities affect health.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To provide AAEA members and meeting attendees a better understanding of how CDC conducts disease surveillance and develops data on health and disease in the United States
  • To help CDC staff better understand how economists with expertise in food, agriculture, natural resources and rural economies use or could use CDC data
  • To provide a forum for discussion of mutual interests, potential collaborations, and data needs

To meet these objectives, the workshop will:

  • Provide the rare opportunity to tour CDC facilities, in particular the Emergency Operations Center, which is where CDC manages public health events.
  • Organize a set of panels designed to
    • Provide AAEA members with a better understanding of the data available from CDC and how data collection varies with types of disease, exposure, health outcome, or event
    • Provide CDC staff with a better understanding of the ways AAEA members use CDC data and how AAEA members work affects public health
    • Provide a forum for discussion of mutual interests, potential collaborations, and data needs

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees:
Many AAEA members are working on research, extension, or policy that involve protection or improvement of human health.  These areas include nutrition, obesity, food safety, agriculture and water quality, rural community water systems, impacts of forest fires, injuries, animal health and its impact on farmers, farm worker safety, rural health services or the impact of rural infrastructure on access to health care, opioid addiction in rural areas and labor market impacts, and rural poverty’s impact on health.  Many AAEA members rely on CDC data or may work with communities impacted by CDC surveillance.  This workshop will provide AAEA members and meeting attendees with a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of how CDC collects data and conducts research on a wide range of health problems relevant to their work.  It also provides an opportunity for AAEA members and meeting attendees to help CDC staff understand how AAEA members use or could use CDC data.

Intended Audience:
AAEA members and meeting attendees whose work involves human health or who are interested in how the CDC collects and uses data to keep us informed about health and disease in the United States. 

Time Activity
8:00 am- 8:30 am

Attendees arrive at the CDC Visitor Center and meet
1600 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA

8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast outside the DLC
9:00 am – 9:15 am


  • Dr. Gabrielle Miller, CDC Health Economics Research Group Steering Committee Chair
9:15 am – 9:45 am

Keynote Speaker

  • Martin Meltzer, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
9:45 am – 10:00 am Health Economics Modeling Unit (HEMU) introduction
10:00 am – 11:30 am

HEMU “Mathematical Modeling and Emergency Response: What you need to know”
Tours of the CDC Emergency Operations Center

11:30 am – 11:45 am Break
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Foodborne and Zoonotic Disease Surveillance

  • Dr. Bradford Greening, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. Jessica Healy, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. Megin Nichols, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Environmental Health Surveillance

  • Dr. Heather Strosnider, National Center for Environmental Health
  • Dr. Ying Zhou, National Center for Environmental Health
  • Shannon Dewitt, National Center for Environmental Health
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Non-Infectious Disease Surveillance- including Nutrition and Injury        

  • Dr. Lucy Kompaniyets, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Dr. Jaya Khushalani, Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy
  • Dr. Scott Grosse, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

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