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President-Elect Seeks Volunteers for AAEA Committees

Members interested in shaping the future of the AAEA can play an essential role by serving on an association committee. Committee service also offers an excellent opportunity for developing contacts and increasing professional networking.

“I invite all members to get actively involved in AAEA through serving on our committees,” says President-Elect Barry Goodwin. “By serving, you influence the direction and priorities of the AAEA, and help us to best meet the needs of agricultural and applied economists. Your work will shape our AAEA Trust, awards and special lectures, membership, leadership selection, publication, statistics infrastructure, outreach, meeting, and career development activities. For established professionals, we rely on your contributions to guiding the AAEA’s work. For early career professionals, working on a committee is a great way to build your professional network and service record. Please email us (see below) with your interest in serving.”

Goodwin will make appointments to the following 2014–2015 committees by June 2014:

  • AAEA Trust
  • Awards
  • Case Study Invited Paper
  • Communications/Publications
  • Early Career Development
  • Economics, Statistics & Information Resources
  • Employment Services
  • Fellows Selection
  • Finance
  • Galbraith Forum and Award
  • Membership
  • Nominating
  • Outreach
  • Selected Presentations
  • Tellers
  • T.W. Schultz

For information about these committees and a list of their current members, please visit

Any AAEA member interested and willing to serve on a committee should contact Brian Mondragón Jones at or (414) 918-3190 by April 21, 2014.

Call for Session Moderators: 2014 Annual Meeting

AAEA is seeking volunteers to serve in the moderator role for Selected Paper Presentations at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Building on the Culture of Engagement discussed in AAEA President, Julie Caswell’s earlier column in The Exchange, we are seeking moderators who will be actively engaged in fostering discussion during their session. In addition to keeping the session on schedule (15 minutes per presentation, followed by 5 minutes for discussion), moderators should come prepared with questions for each presenter.

If you are interested in serving as a moderator, please contact the AAEA Business Office at or check the “I am willing to serve as a Moderator” box located on the Annual Meeting registration form.

Call for Submissions: Invited Papers for 2015 ASSA Annual Meeting

President-Elect Barry Goodwin is soliciting proposals and suggestions for AAEA invited paper sessions at the 2015 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, January, 3-5, 2015. Preference will be given to those proposals that add to knowledge on public issues of national and international importance or expand capabilities and tools for economic research.

The objective of AAEA sessions at the ASSA Annual Meeting is to share new knowledge with members of other economics associations as well as with AAEA members. Sessions may be jointly sponsored with other ASSA member associations. AAEA encourages sessions that will draw widely from ASSA attendees. Therefore, preference will be given to proposals that jointly serve the interests of the AAEA and other economists more broadly.

Papers in these Invited Paper sessions will be considered for publication in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics in August 2015. Preference will be given to proposals that reflect a commitment to furnish a high-quality collection of papers suitable for publication.  Papers will go through a review process and it is not guaranteed that all papers in an accepted session will be published. Papers submitted for review should be in their publish-ready state because there will not be time for multiple versions and reviews. Discussant comments will not be published. Authors will be contacted by the AJAE editors regarding style and length of manuscripts to be submitted to the editors for publication consideration.

Proposed session formats with three papers and one discussant or four papers without a discussant are permitted. Proposals for sessions without a discussant must include a clear plan for ensuring and fostering participant interaction. Please note that sessions at ASSA are two hours in length.

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a subcommittee of the AAEA Board. Proposals should be submitted to Kristen Wright at They should include the proposed session title and paper titles, as well as the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the session organizer, moderator, paper presenters, and discussants. A brief (approximately two pages) justification of the session, and one paragraph abstract describing the objective of, and new knowledge generated by, each paper, should also be included. It is the responsibility of the organizer to ensure that all individuals identified in the proposal are willing to participate.

All presenters/speakers/discussants must be members of AAEA. A membership waiver request can be included in the proposal in the case of extenuating circumstances. In addition, participants need to register for the ASSA meeting. AAEA cannot grant registration waivers for the meeting.

Please send proposals by April 24, 2014, in Word or PDF format, Kristen Wright at

Call for Applications: 2014-2015 AAEA Mentoring Program

The Early Career Development Committee is now seeking mentor and mentee applicants for the 2014-2015 Mentoring Program. The program begins with the Mentorship Workshop held on July 25-26 prior to the 2014 AAEA Annual Meeting.

Mentors and mentees will complete the one-day training workshop to prepare for a year long mentoring experience. The workshop helps participants identify their work and leadership styles, set their professional and personal goals, construct a mentoring plan, and share professional advice.

Please visit the Mentorship Workshop website for more information. Mentors and Mentees can apply online. For questions please contact Brian Mondragon Jones at or (414) 918-3190.

Call for Applications: Student and Early Career Professional Travel Grant

The AAEA Trust seeks applications for Early Career Professional and Graduate Student Travel Grants. These grants defray housing and transportation costs associated with attending the 2014 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, July 27-29, 2014. Up to $400 will be awarded to each applicant, based on professional merit, financial need, and expected active participation in the Annual Meeting.

A qualifying applicant must be a graduate student or comparatively new junior professional (within three years of award of your last degree) engaged at an accredited U.S. college, university, or other institution in such applied economics fields as agribusiness, agricultural, consumer, food, development, environmental, health, marketing, regional, rural, or resource economics. Reflecting the Trust’s goal of broadening participation in the Annual Meeting, preference may be given to individuals working under institutional circumstances not normally conducive to AAEA meeting attendance.

Applications must be submitted through the online application form. You will be asked to submit the following:

  1. Your name, postal address, e-mail address, and phone number;
  2. Your current status, including: early career professional or graduate student; department and institution at which enrolled or employed; degree program underway or recently completed; years at institution; brief summary of research area; and professional rank or anticipated graduation date;
  3. Description of your interest and/or planned participation in the Annual Meeting;
  4. Proposed travel budget, including other funding sources available, such as from the your institution; and
  5. A nomination from a department,  division head, or supervisor which includes written acknowledgement of the nomination and certification of your financial need, including certification that funding is unavailable from other sources.

Applications should be submitted by the individual seeking support; however, only one application from each department or division will be considered. In the event that more than one application is submitted from a specific department or division, it will be up to the department head to decide which will be considered. Applications will be accepted only from U.S. colleges, universities, and institutions.  The deadline for submission is April 7, 2014.

Call for Abstracts: Crop Insurance and the 2014 Farm Bill Symposium

October 8-9, 2014
Marriott Louisville Downtown
Louisville, KY

AAEA seeks submissions for Selected Presentations for the 2014 AAEA-sponsored Symposium Crop Insurance and the 2014 Farm Bill: Implementing Change in U.S. Agricultural Policy”. Submissions for Selected Presentations need to include a two-page, single-spaced abstract that provides a clear explanation of what will be presented at the Symposium. Authors should include in this abstract a discussion of the relevance of the topic, research methodology, and potential for generating discussion during the meeting. Please do not include your name or contact information in the abstract file.

Abstracts need to be received by Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and should be submitted using AAEA’s online submission system. Material previously presented at other meetings cannot be accepted, and the submitting author will be asked to verify that the material has not been presented elsewhere. For more information visit the symposium website.

Early Registration Deadline Approaching for the Social Networks, Social Media and the Economics of Food Symposium

May 28-30, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Agenda Now AvailableFollow AAEA on Twitter @AAEA_Economics. Use #EconFood14 to stay up-to-date on the latest symposium news!

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 open. Click here to register online or complete a PDF form and return to the AAEA business office by fax: 414-276-3349 or e-mail 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 please visit:
Questions? Contact the organizing committee at or the AAEA Business Office at

Renew Your Membership Dues for 2014

Renew your AAEA membership for 2014 on the AAEA website by downloading the pdf form or logging in to the My Account section. Completing your renewal online saves time by filling out most of the information for you automatically. Reminders and paper forms were also mailed out earlier this month.

The benefits of your 2013 AAEA membership only last through April 1, renew to ensure you continue to receive services from AAEA throughout the upcoming year.


Save-the-Date Events!

C-FARE Choices Webinar THIS FRIDAY, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Register Today!

The Choices Magazine theme in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 focused on water quality issues. C-FARE will host a webinar to highlight the Choices Magazine articles.

Summary: The most recent assessment of U.S. surface waters reveals that 55% of the nation’s rivers and streams are in poor condition. The leading causes of impairment are pollutants associated with land uses such as roads, parking lots, and farm fields. These “non-point” water pollutants diminish aesthetic and recreational values, raise costs of treating water for drinking and industrial uses, impair stream and reservoir ecosystems, and create nutrient-induced dead zones. As federal budgets grow more limited and legislative will ebbs, U.S. conservation and environmental goals are broadening to encompass soil productivity, air and water quality, and wildlife habitat as well as carbon sequestration. In view of these divergent trends, new approaches to protecting America’s water bodies are needed.

The 2014 Farm Bill re-couples conservation compliance with a robust crop insurance program while reducing conservation funding. With encouragement from U.S. EPA, and in some instances responding to federal inaction, states, tribes, communities, and even private supply chains are developing innovative ways to determine impacts and create incentives for stewardship. These initiatives include California’s Cap and Trade Carbon program, Wetland Banking pursuant to the Clean Water Act, and large scale Total Maximum Daily Loads regulations. This webinar will discuss the ‘state-of-the-art’ in nonpoint source pollution policy and analysis to help inform policy development.


  • Dr. John Braden, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Economics, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois
  • Dr. Silvia Secchi, Assistant Professor, College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University

Contact: Caron Gala,, 202-408-8522. If you would like to be notified about the YouTube posting and/or similar events, please enter your name, email, etc. here.

Register for the webinar here:

Jon Brandt Public Policy Forum

C-FARE and AAEA will host the 1st Annual Jon Brandt Policy Forum in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The forum – The Critical Role of Data in Increasing the United States’ Competitive Edge – will include a keynote speaker, followed by an interactive panel discussion on the value of federal information and data in local, regional, national and international food and agricultural markets. Please email Caron Gala at if you are interested in learning more.

C-FARE DC Updates

C-FARE’s 2013 Annual Report

On March 5, 2014, the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics released its 2013 Annual Report online. The report highlights the organization's achievements and progress from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. See the report here.

Meet the new members of C-FARE’s Board of Directors

Dr. Michael Boland (Mike), is the newly AAEA appointed C-FARE Director. Dr. Boland holds the Koller endowed Professorship in agribusiness management at the University of Minnesota where he has teaching, research, and outreach responsibilities in industrial organization topics as related to agribusiness management, food marketing, and in particular, agricultural cooperatives. In addition, he is director of the University of Minnesota Food Industry Center. He teaches classes in cooperatives, business strategy, and institutional economics. He says, “I accepted the nomination request to run for the C-FARE board because, while I had heard and read about C-FARE, one really does not know what an organization is really about unless it is involved in the governance of that organization. So I see it as an opportunity to learn more and help educate myself and learn the best way to utilize my talents to help C-FARE carry out its vision and mission.”

Dr. Ashok K. Mishra, a new At-Large C-FARE Director, is the Donald E. Welge Endowed Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at Louisiana State University. He conducts research in public policy, finance, household and labor economics. Dr. Mishra has presented his work to key policymakers from the Office of Management and Budget, Council of Economic Advisors, and USDA administration. Dr. Mishra served on the Advisory Board of European Commission on Agriculture Reform; Advisory Board of Italian Ministry of Education University and Research; United Nations Committee on Science and Technology. Prior to joining LSU, he was a Senior Economist with the Economic Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, in Washington, DC. Dr. Mishra, an At-Large C-FARE Board Member, says “I joined C-FARE to promote the work of applied economists to key policymakers and ensure that relevant stakeholders (public and private) are utilizing research outcomes to solve economic problems and decision making.”

C-FARE has six new directors this year. We will highlight the other directors in subsequent issues of the AAEA Exchange.

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