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September 2016, Issue 19



Choices Magazine Celebrates 30 years of AAEA Outreach

The premiere edition of Choices magazine was published in 1986. At that time, Choices was a quarterly, glossy magazine. Lyle Shertz, retired from the Economic Research Service, served as its first editor. That first issue stated that Choices was being launched because "food, farm and resource issues have become more important to everyone." From today's vantage point, it's easy to see just how prescient that observation was 30 years ago! While the Choices presentation format has evolved over time, its motivation and mission have remained steady: To serve as the principal outreach vehicle of the AAEA by providing high quality articles exploring the economic implications of current food, farm, resource and rural community issues directed toward a broad policy audience.
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Call for Nominations:
AAEA President-Elect and Directors
The AAEA Nominating Committee is soliciting nominations from AAEA membership for AAEA President-Elect and two AAEA Directors, all for three year terms beginning July 2017.

Please submit the names and affiliations of nominees to Nominations must be received by October 3, 2016.

Grano Fellowship

Earlier this year I was awarded the Grano Fellowship to travel to Washington D.C. and see economic and agricultural policy in action. This award provided funds to travel to Washington D.C., but more importantly, it provided the contacts I needed to see how training in agricultural and resource economics can be used in agricultural policy-making in Washington D.C. and beyond.

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20th Anniversary of AgEcon Search
AgEcon Search, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. With over 100,000 documents in 12 languages from 250+ groups in 32 countries, it has grown from its humble beginnings as a solution for the departmental working papers from Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Thanks to all who contribute content and other means of support, and a special thank you to AAEA which has been a partner in the project since the first year.

Call for Applications:
AAEA/AARES Heading South Award
The Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) through the AAEA Trust will jointly offer this travel award to attend the 2017 AARES Conference in Brisbane, Queensland. It is available to members of AARES or AAEA normally resident in North America. Applicants for the award can be a member of either AARES or AAEA but must be a member of AARES to participate in the conference.
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Call for Proposals:
2017 AAEA Organized Symposium at the AARES Annual Conference

The AAEA is accepting submissions for the AAEA Organized Symposium at the Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) in Brisbane, Queensland from February 7-10, 2017.
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Call for Nominations
2017 Fellows Award Nominations

The AAEA Fellows Selection Committee is inviting nominations for the 2017 AAEA Fellows Awards. The deadline for submission of nominations and supporting biographical documentation is Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Selection is based mainly on a continuous contribution to the advancement of agricultural or applied economics as defined by the Vision Statement of the AAEA. Achievements may be in research, teaching, extension, administration, or business. The nominee must be a living current member of AAEA and have been a member for at least five years.
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2017 EAAE in Parma, Italy: Call for Contributions

Agri-food systems in Europe and elsewhere often face conflicting incentives and signals arising from markets and society, and need to make trade-offs. Sustainability advocacy groups are putting societal concerns like animal welfare, food safety, cultural heritage, food sovereignty, and carbon footprint on the agenda of policy makers and stakeholders in the food value chain. However, there are many challenges to overcome, especially when more sustainable food systems face conflicting goals, and households’ purchasing decisions are mainly price driven.
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