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April 2017 Issue 8


Call for Participation:
AEM/Graduate Student Section Case Study Competition

The AEM/Graduate Student Section Case Study Competition allows graduate students to test their communication skills and their ability to apply their knowledge of agricultural economics and agribusiness subjects to practical situations. Students competing in the competition will receive a copy of the case study at least two weeks in advance of the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting.

AEM/GSS Case Study Competition Prizes: The top three teams will receive plaques and cash prizes.

  • First Place:       $300
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place:      $100

Deadline is June 12, 2017. Please direct any questions regarding the 2017 AAEA Case Study Competition to Dr. Lia Nogueira-Rodriguez ( or GSS Section Chair, Aaron Ates (

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Grant Writing by Early Career Professionals
“Money Talks” Hear first-hand what donors think is most important in proposal preparation
Pre-conference Workshop
Saturday, July 29, 2017
7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Registration opens at 7:00 am
Cost: $66
Grants available for first 20 participants through funding from the AAEA Trust

This workshop aims to strengthen the core grant writing skills of early career professionals, offering the opportunity to learn more about the perspectives of major funding organizations by engaging directly with donor representatives. The event will also facilitate networking among young early career professionals.
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2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago:
Hotel & Registration is OPEN

AAEA invites you to take part in our 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30 - August 1, 2017. Our meeting will take place at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, located in the heart of the Windy City. Surrounded by the best theatres, shopping, dining and entertainment around, this is an ideal location. This is an event you are not going to want to miss. Make sure to register now as rates will increase.

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Mario J. Miranda
2017 Fellow

Mario Miranda is Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Miranda’s professional record exhibits a rare balance of path-breaking academic research, high-quality applied research, and innovative classroom teaching. Miranda's outstanding reputation and leadership role in the area of quantitative policy and agricultural risk analysis are well established among academic, professional, and government circles.

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Other 2017 AAEA Fellows:

  • Harry M. Kaiser, Cornell University
  • Philip Garcia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Damona Doye, Oklahoma State University
  • Robert J. Myers, Michigan State University

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Register for the 2017 Employment Center
Registration is now open for the 2017 Employment Center taking place July 30- August 1, during the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. The Employment Center offers a great opportunity for highly qualified candidates to connect with a number of employers during the Annual Meeting. The Employment Center features a simplified registration and posting process that is integrated into the AAEA Job Board. Employer registration is $400 and includes unlimited job postings. Applicant registration is FREE, but participants must be registered for the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting..

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 Chicago!

2017 AAEA Early Career Professional Workshop:
Registration is now OPEN
Who: This Workshop is for Early Career Professionals currently in a position in the academic or government fields. Topics include: teaching; service: learning when to say "NO"; grant writing and project management; work-life balance; research and publishing; extension and outreach; successful communication; strategies and working with the media; navigating re-appointment, promotion and tenure; and advice on careers outside of academia. Registration forms are due with a post marked date of May 5, 2017.
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AAEA at ASSA 2018

Call for Submissions:
2018 ASSA Annual Meeting
President-Elect Scott Swinton is soliciting proposals and suggestions for AAEA invited paper sessions at the 2018 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA January, 5-7, 2018.

The objective of AAEA sessions at the ASSA Annual Meeting is to share new knowledge of interest to economists. The AAEA encourages sessions that will draw widely from ASSA attendees, including sessions jointly sponsored with other ASSA member associations.
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Other News

2017 Richardson‐Applebaum Scholarship Award
For Outstanding Graduate Research on Food Distribution and Marketing
The Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 Richardson‐Applebaum Scholarship Award, which is awarded annually for outstanding student research in the area of food distribution and marketing. Broadly defined, this area encompasses all economic functions that occur between the farm gate and final consumer.
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2017 Food Distribution Research Society Scholarship Award
For Outstanding Undergraduate Research on Food Distribution and Marketing
The Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 Undergraduate Student Research Paper Competition in the area of food distribution and marketing. Broadly defined, this area encompasses all economic functions that occur between the farm gate and final consumer.
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Inter-Conference Symposium
Submission of full papers: Full papers written in English should be submitted via the ConfTool system NO LATER than June 1, 2017. The papers should be no longer than 10 pages total including Tables, and Figures (References do not count in the 10 page limit). Papers should be double spaced, use Times New Roman Font 12 with one-inch margins all around. The papers should provide a background section, a clear explanation of the core research question(s), data and methods used, results, conclusions and key references. Authors are asked to adhere to all stated requirements.
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Discrete Choice Experiments and Data Analysis
Summer School July 24-28, 2017
The International Summer School on “Discrete Choice Experiments and Data Analysis: Theory and Applications from Introductory to Advanced Models with Case Studies” will cover the theoretical and empirical foundations behind diverse choice experiment designs and random utility models. The practical component of the course will be based on recent software developments in model estimation and experimental design (Nlogit, Ngene, and R). The course is open to academics, graduate students at different levels (MSc, MPhil, PG-diploma, and PhD), consultants, and other practitioners. Instructors include Riccardo Scarpa (Durham U. and U. Verona), John Rose and Matthew Beck (U. Sydney), Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr. (U. Arkansas), and Petr Mariel (U. Basque Country UPV/EHU).
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AAEA is releasing "Members in the News" emails to the membership.
If you find a State, National or International story about an AAEA Member, please send a link of the story to
Allison Scheetz via email, or

What research and topics are you working on? Want to be an expert source for journalists working on a story? We want to hear from you. Contact Jay Saunders via email,

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