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Registration Now Open: Social Networks, Social Media and the Economics of Food

Hyatt Regency Montreal - Montreal, Quebec, Canada - May 29-30, 2014

Important Deadlines:

  • March 31, 2014: Early Registration Deadline
  • April 3, 2014: Deadline for Final Papers and Posters to be uploaded on AgEcon Search
  • May 15, 2014: Registration and Cancellation Deadline


Registration for the Joint Symposium is now open. Click here to register online or complete a pdf form and return to the AAEA business office by fax: (414) 276-3349. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact

Registration Fee:

  • Before March 31: $240 (USD)
  • April 1 - May 15: $285 (USD)

Hotel Reservations

All of the Joint Symposium activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-361-8234. When making reservations over the phone, please mention the AAEA Symposium. The deadline to reserve a hotel room is Monday, April 28. After that date the rates below cannot be guaranteed.

Hyatt Regency Montreal

  • Single/Double: $199 (CAD)
  • Regency Club: $259 (CAD)

The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum for presenting studies on the economics of food production and choice in a world in which social media and social networks have assumed a prominent role. The objective is to promote a better understanding of peer group influence on food consumption, and how social media and social networking affect food production and food choice decisions. Recognizing the role of social media in the broader food environment can help explain food choices that lead to  unhealthy diets or the consumption of unsafe food. Understanding social media and social learning will help inform policies that use social concepts to control these, and other, food-related problems.

For more information  about the symposium please visit:

Editorship of the Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy

Call for Applications

The AAEA Executive Board invites ap­plications for one editor for Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy (AEPP) to serve from 2015 through 2017.  This call for applications is for an editor to manage Submitted Articles which contain original research results addressing real-world problems with sound research approaches and/or have strong policy relevance within the subject matter of the journal.   The degree to which candidate’s expertise complements that of the continuing editors, will be considered in the selection process. AAEA is particularly interested in candidates who will bring ideas and innovations for helping AEPP to further its mission.

Submitted articles will meet the normal standards for scholarly publication, but should also be accessible to the broader audience of agricultural and applied economists working outside academia. Submitted articles should emphasize one or more of the following: a) practical implications for public policy; b) clarification of research implications so as to maximize accessibility and cross-fertilization across specific areas of research; c) empirical comparison of competing theories, explanations, and approaches that can refine future research; and d) development of fruitful directions for future research.  Additional information about the AEPP, its policies and mission is available at

The editor will work with an editorial team comprised of another Submitted Articles Editor, and a Managing Editor to manage the manuscript review process. The Submitted Articles Editors are responsible for day-to-day issues relating to submitted articles, assisting with development of the Special Issues, and revising editorial policy. The AEPP editorial process employs electronic submission of manu­scripts and interchange between editors and reviewers. An electronic system that tracks manuscripts through submission, review, and editorial decision is used by the editors for managing work flow. Au­thors can also query this system for e-mail reports on the status in the editorial process of a submitted manuscript. The editors also oversee the work of Oxford University Press in preparing copy for printing and reviewing proofs.

The new editor should be prepared to begin on January 1, 2015. There may be some training and coordination work starting around November 1. Applications should include a statement of editorial philosophy and ideas for furthering the journal's goals, an indication of the candidate’s principal areas of expertise to support the AEPP’s mission, a curriculum vitae, and a statement of administrative and financial support to be provided by the host institution. AAEA will provide financial assistance to defray some portion of the editor’s time and most expenses.

Applica­tions should be sent electronically via PDF to Brian Mondragón Jones, Executive Director, at by March 1, 2014. Decisions will be made by early April. Third-party nominations of potentially interested candidates who can then be solicited for their materials are also welcome.

C-FARE Update

C-FARE Student Development Webinar Register Today!

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. CT/Noon MT/11:00 a.m. PT

C-FARE will host a one hour webinar for students and faculty. The webinar will feature speakers from Washington, DC to provide students with information on internship opportunities in Washington, DC and across the nation, where to look for a summer internship and how to apply. Registrants will receive internship notices and other information.


Washington, DC Update:

Farm Bill Update –On February 4, 2014, the U.S. Senate, with a vote of 68 to 32, approved the conference report to accompany HR 2642, the Farm Bill Conference Report, titled the "Agricultural Act of 2014". The President is expected to sign the legislation into law on Friday, February 7 in Michigan.

The Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of the Conference is posted at:

The Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2642, the "Agricultural Act of 2014”, is posted at:

The Congressional Research Service comparison entitled: The 2014 Farm Bill: A Comparison of the Conference Agreement with the Senate-Passed (S. 954) and House-Passed (H.R. 2642) Bills is available here:

Farm Bill Title VII, Research - One notable change in the research title includes $200 million of Commodity Credit Corporation funding for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). The FFAR funding is mandatory and establishes a nonprofit corporation designed to supplement USDA’s basic and applied research activities. The Foundation will solicit and accept private donations to award grants for collaborative public/private partnerships with scientists at USDA and in academia, nonprofits, and the private sector. The Board of Directors consists of the following ex-officio members: the Secretary of Agriculture; the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics; the Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service; the Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture; and the Director of the National Science Foundation. Eight at-large board members shall be selected from a list of candidates to be provided by the National Academy of Sciences. Seven at-large board members will be selected from candidates provided by industry.

C-FARE Cooperatives Education Project Mentioned in Rural Cooperatives Magazine

The C-FARE Board is developing a supplemental teaching module focusing on the economics of cooperatives to be shared with the various State Councils of Economic Education and the nationally based Council for Economic Education ( The State Councils provide economic education and financial literacy to K-12 students by educating the educators. For more information on the project, please see: To view the USDA Rural Development, Rural Cooperatives Magazine, please view page 36, the Newsline Section of the publication here:

The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE)

C-FARE is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the national presence of the agricultural economics profession. C-FARE's governing board includes prominent agricultural economists representing a wide range of public and private sector interests.

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Washington, DC  20002
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Renew Your AAEA Membership for 2014

You can renew your AAEA membership for 2014 on the AAEA website. Simply log in to the My Account section to renew. Completing your renewal online saves you time by filling out most of the information automatically.

Alternatively, if you prefer to renew using the paper form, be sure to keep an eye on your mailbox as paper forms will be sent in out in February.

The benefits of your AAEA membership only last through the spring of 2014, so be sure to renew soon to ensure that you keep receiving services from AAEA throughout the upcoming year.