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June 2016 Issue 13



Announcing the 2016 Class of AAEA Fellows
The AAEA Fellows Selection Committee has selected five outstanding members to be honored as the 2016 AAEA Fellows. All of the Fellow recipients have made exceptional contributions to the profession. They are leaders shaping the future of the Association and the field of agricultural and applied economics as a whole.

The 2016 AAEA Fellows are:

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Register for the 2016 AAEA Annual Meeting
The early registration deadline has passed, but it is not too late to register to join us in Boston. Register now to avoid a future price increase.

Registration: Attendees will have access to concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, the Poster Reception and Welcome Reception on Sunday night, and the Closing Reception on Tuesday night. Tickets for the luncheons, reception, and Pre-and Post- conference Workshops are not included with the main registration fee, but can be purchased online until July 8, (or until the maximum registration for workshops are reached) or by contacting the AAEA Business Office at (414)918-3190.

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AAEA is Now Mobile!
The AAEA Annual Meeting app is live! Be sure to download this years #AAEA2016 Annual Meeting app before arriving in Boston. The app will help you manage your networking, schedules, social media, and much more at the palm of your hand.

Some other ways to have the best experience at our Annual Meeting in Boston:

  • Access the Annual Meeting schedule and customize your agenda with personal appointments
  • Quickly find a session room using the interactive maps
  • Find sessions by topic code, AAEA Section Track, or by using the search tool
  • Get important updates on the app through Push Notifications
  • See who’s attending and share contact information by networking with other attendees
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Register for the 2016 Employment Center
Registration is now open for the 2016 Employment Center taking place July 31-August 2, during the 2016 AAEA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The Employment Center offers a great opportunity for highly qualified candidates to connect with a number of employers during the Joint Annual Meeting. This year's Employment Center features a simplified registration and posting process that is now integrated into the newly updated AAEA Job Board. Applicant registration is FREE.

For more information please visit the online Employment Center. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sarah Kenner. We hope to see you in Boston!

Employers currently registered include:

  • Virginia Tech
  • Auburn University
  • University of Saskatchewan, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
  • USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
  • USDA-Economic Research Service
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Undergraduate Student Section:
2016 AAEA Annual Meeting Activities
On behalf of the Undergraduate Student Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, we cordially invite you and your students to attend and participate in the AAEA Annual Meeting in Boston (July 31-August 2, 2016). Our section offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities for undergraduate students of agricultural and applied economics:

  • Academic Bowl Competition
  • Student Paper Competition
  • Earl O. Heady Decision Sciences Spreadsheet Competition
  • Outstanding Chapter Competition
  • Creative Club Competition

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Call for Judges:
SS-AAEA Academic Bowl
The Student Section seeks judges for the 2016 SS-AAEA Academic Bowl. The Academic Bowl is held during the AAEA annual meeting; this year’s event runs from July 31-August 2 in Boston, MA. The actual competition will run from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday, August, 1. The highest demand for judges takes place early in the day when we are operating in three rooms for the competition. Depending on the number of teams competing, we should require just two rooms from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
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Other News

2016-2 GTAP 101 Course
“Introduction to Computable General Equilibrium Modeling”
The objective of the GTAP 101 course is to engage participants in an active, team-based process of learning about the GTAP computable general equilibrium (CGE) model and its use in applied economic policy analysis. The curriculum emphasizes an intuitive and graphical treatment of economic theory in the CGE model, and provides structured experiences in manipulating and running the standard GTAP Model within the RunGTAP software environment. RunGTAP is an intuitive, menu-driven CGE model that minimizes technological hurdles and allows students to quickly begin to focus on their economic thinking and experimentation. The curriculum is geared to advanced undergraduates, graduates and professionals. At the end of the course, participants will be entry-level modelers and more informed consumers of CGE-based analyses. The course also serves as an entry point for developing the technical skills required for the GTAP Short Course.
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Call for Grant Applications:
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
The Feed the Future Livestock Systems Innovation Lab (LSIL) is based at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida and it works in partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The LSIL is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a five-year Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement Award No. AID-OAA-L-15-00003.
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Call for Participation:
2016 FDRS Student Marketing Case Competition
The 2016 Student Marketing Case Competition will be held on October 1st and 2nd during the Annual Conference of the Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS). The Conference will be held from September 30th – October 4th at the Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.
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Free online course on Agriculture, Economics and Nature
The University of Western Australia is once again offering a free online course on the economics of agriculture, natural resources and the environment.

This course is about agricultural production and the interaction between agriculture and the environment. The material presented can help us understand changes that have occurred in agriculture, and support improved decision making about things like agricultural production methods, agricultural input levels, resource conservation, and the balance between agricultural production and its environmental impacts.
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