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March 2016 Issue 5


AAEA Trust Member Profile:

Andrew Stevens
Graduate Student Instructor
University of California - Berkeley

You won the 2015 Chester O. McCorkle Jr. Student Scholarship for your research proposal: Agricultural Supply Response at the Farm-Operation Level: Exploiting the “Census by Satellite” Approach, what prompted you to pursue this topic and how is your research progressing? Ever since spending a summer as an Intern with the Economic Research Service (ERS) at the USDA, I have been really interested in utilizing some of their remarkable new data products in my own work. In particular, the Cropland Data Layer (CDL) gives researchers unprecedented information about land use and crop cover across the United States at a remarkably fine resolution. I have recently combined the CDL with other data from the USDA to construct a multi-year panel of field-level crop choices for several states in the US Corn Belt. This has allowed me to explore interesting questions about what factors influence a farmer’s crop choices.
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Call for Applications:
Editor of Choices Magazine

The AAEA Board is seeking applications for two (2) editors of Choices magazine to help further the strategic goals of the publication as a resource for readers interested in the policy and management of agriculture, the food industry, natural resources, rural communities, and the environment. Choices magazine currently reaches over 2700 non-member subscribers, but there is room to grow
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2016 AAEA Annual Meeting EXECON Pre-conference Workshop
The “How-To” of Experimental Economics in Agricultural, Environmental & Applied Research

Hosted by the new Experimental Economics Section, the objective of this AAEA pre-conference workshop is to teach how to run economic experiments. The primary purpose is to contribute to the attendees’ understanding of the research methods and tools for using experimental economics to analyze individual decision-making. The workshop program includes three speakers who will help provide the nuts-and-bolts details of running an experiment.
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Renew Your AAEA Membership for 2016

You can now renew your AAEA membership for 2016 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 for you automatically.

The benefits of your AAEA membership only last through the spring of 2016, so be sure to renew soon to ensure that you keep receiving services from AAEA throughout the upcoming year.

Call for Submissions
2017 ASSA Annual Meeting

President-Elect Jayson Lusk is soliciting proposals and suggestions for AAEA invited paper sessions at the 2017 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, January, 6-8, 2017. 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.
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Andrew “Andy” Vanvig
Andrew Vanvig, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Economics and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming, age 93, formerly of Beach, North Dakota, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at his home in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The son of immigrant parents from Norway who homesteaded in North Dakota, Andrew was raised on a farm in Golden Valley County. He attended public schools in the area and graduated from Golva High School in 1938. He received his BS degree from NDSU in 1942, his MS in agricultural economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and earned his PhD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1951. Andrew greatly enjoyed farming and spent as much time as possible farming near Beach with his two brothers as he continued his education.
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Other News

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Invitation-only Conference

The National Bureau of Economic Research seeks junior AAEA members for attendance at the by-invitation-only conference, “The Economics of Asset Accumulation and Poverty Traps”. June 28-29, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
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5th AAAE Conference

The African Association of Agricultural Economists invites you to participate during its 5th International Conference in Addis Ababa. The theme of the conference is “Transforming smallholder agriculture in Africa: The role of policy and governance.” The meeting will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from September 23-26, 2016.
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152th EAAE Seminar:
Emerging Technologies and the Development of Agriculture

At the beginning of the 21st century, analysts have started to raise concerns about the worldwide slowdown of agricultural supply growth in the presence of a strong rising demand for food but also, increasingly, for energy purposes. Hence, in the past decade the issue of global food security has received increased scrutiny and various responses on how to feed the world over the next 50 years have been proposed. One possible response is to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable way that is increasing production while limiting negative impacts on natural resources and the environment. Obviously developments in production technologies in agriculture play a key role in this perspective.
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