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The mission of the CHAIRS (previously NAAEA) is to improve the leadership and management of agricultural economics programs; to support the acquisition of resources to carry out agricultural economics research, teaching, and extension programs; and to address common needs and concerns of agricultural economics administrators. Membership in CHAIRS includes individuals who administer departments or units in academia, public agencies and foundations offering and supporting agricultural economics, resource economics, agribusiness management and similar research, teaching, and/or Extension programs.


CHAIRS membership is open to current members of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Members may join CHAIRS concurrently with AAEA, or join CHAIRS only if already a member of AAEA. Membership in CHAIRS is $25 per year.

You can learn more about joining AAEA by visiting the AAEA membership page. If you are already a member of AAEA and would like to join the CHAIRS, you can do so by completing this form (PDF) or by contacting the AAEA Business Office.