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Government Relations Update

Priorities and Solutions Workshop

Participants from academia, government, NGOs, and industry will meet in Washington, DC, May 2 and 3, to develop a consensus regarding the most important research questions, educational approaches, and anticipated outcomes for Agricultural and Applied Economics in the future. All readers are invited to participate in this Priorities and Solutions Workshop.

This workshop is the centerpiece of a strategic-visioning project to identify the agricultural and applied economics priorities for solving global challenges. The workshop participants will hear from national research, education, and extension leadership. Agricultural and applied economic visionaries will provide initial thoughts about the challenges facing society and the role of the profession in advancing solutions to these problems. Then, the participants will form discussion groups to consider the survey results, exchange ideas, and develop a consensus to report back to the total group in the afternoon. See a draft agenda here.

The goal of this project is to influence future research and analysis, the dissemination of agricultural and applied economics knowledge, and its incorporation into curricula. The results will be shared at the 2016 AAEA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The workshop and the overall project are being coordinated by the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE), in partnership with the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Learn more about the project by going to

We seek your ideas and input about agricultural and applied economics research and education priorities that will contribute solutions to critical problems facing society. Please register by April 15.

Jill J. McCluskey, Priorities Project Chair
A Gene Nelson, Project Director
Caron Gala, Project Manager