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August 2017 Issue 17


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 2018.

Please submit the names and affiliations of nominees to Nominations must be received by October 5, 2017.

2018 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Save the Date

The 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., will take place on August 5-7, 2018 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

The Call for Abstract Submissions for the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. will be due in January, 2018. Keep an eye out for future Exchange issues with more information.

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AAEA/AARES Heading South Award:
Call for Applications

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 2018 AARES Conference in Adelaide. It is available to members of AARES or AAEA who 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. The objective of the award is to provide the winner with an opportunity for professional and personal development and international professional and cultural exchange. The award will have a value of $3,000 USD to be used to assist the winner’s participation in the 2018 AARES Annual Conference to be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from February 6-9, 2018.
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2017 AAEA Annual Award Winners

Thank you to the Awards Committee Chair, Bidisha Mandal, Board Liaison, Jeffrey Dorfman, committee members Rodolfo Nayga and Matt Rousu, and all who graciously volunteered their time and efforts to serve on an AAEA Award Selection Committee! View photos from the 2017 AAEA Annual Awards and Fellows Recognition Ceremony HERE.

Class of 2017 Fellows

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

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People Section

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Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize

Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize, a distinguished leader of the agricultural economics profession worldwide, passed away in Pretoria, South Africa, on August 4, 2017. A scion of a prominent Swiss family that operated a psychiatric clinic as well as a farm, Hans chose agriculture as his area of focus, while his twin brother became a radiologist. In 1973 Hans received a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University, and in the course of a brilliant career spanning over four decades he has made seminal research contributions on many themes of agricultural economics and rural development: technological change, behavior under risk, land policy and land reform, supply and demand of agricultural commodities, natural resource management, community driven development, agricultural mechanization, food policy, and more. His 1980 AJAE article, “Attitudes toward risk: Experimental measurement in rural India,” pioneered the use of field experiments in agricultural economics and is more heavily cited in the last decade than in its first 25 years after publication. His impact as a path-breaking researcher is evident in the 21,000 Google citations to his numerous publications. AAEA recognized these achievements by electing Hans as a Fellow in 1998, and two of his research articles received the prestigious “Quality of Research Discovery” award. The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences had similarly elected Hans as a Fellow in 2002.
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Truman Frederick Graf

Truman Frederick Graf, a well-known Madisonian and internationally known Agricultural Economist, passed away on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Attic Angel. He was born to Herbert and Rose Sell Graf on Sept. 18, 1922, in New Holstein, Wis., and grew up on a small dairy farm. Truman’s mother, Rose, died from injuries in a traffic accident when Truman was four, resulting in Truman being raised by his father and aunts.
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Other News

The 62nd Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Annual Conference 2018

Join us in 2018 for an exciting program of discussion and social events. The annual AARES conference attracts 250 to 300 delegates from around the world in the fields of agricultural, environmental, food, resource and development economics and agribusiness.

The conference offers pre-conference workshops, keynote addresses by distinguished speakers, mini-symposia, selected and contributed paper sessions and a vibrant social program. The call for paper and poster submissions is now open. Registration will open in October 2017. Please visit the conference website for more information on how to submit a paper/poster proposal.
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2017 FDRS Student Food Marketing Challenge:
Call for Participation

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Food Distribution Research Society will be held at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel from Friday October 20 – Tuesday October 24. The Student Food Marketing Challenge will be held October 21 and 22.

The competition provides students the opportunity to play the role of consultants for an industry client, as they apply their knowledge of food distribution, marketing, management, economics, and merchandising to a real world problem. A mystery company issues a challenge on the first day of the competition, after which student teams compete to give a bid presentation to the company’s executive team in the final round. Details about the company are withheld from all teams until the morning of the contest, however registered teams will receive some guidance on preparation two weeks prior.
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Journal of Agribusiness in Developing & Emerging Economies (JADEE)

The JADEE Publishing Team is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Editor for the journal. Professor Ashok K. Mishra from Arizona State University, will replace Professor S.P. Raj as Editor of the journal starting July 1, 2017.

Ashok K. Mishra is Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Chair in Food Management, Morrison School of Agribusiness, W. P. Carey School of Business, at Arizona State University, where he conducts research and teaching activities in public policy, finance, agribusiness, and food security. For more information, please visit:
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Call for Proposals:
UCLA Law School Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program

Thanks to generous funding from Mr. Bob Barker, UCLA Law School is pleased to offer the Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program (“UCLA ALP Program”). The UCLA ALP Program exists to encourage new academic empirical research, with the goal of developing better empirical bases from which to understand, evaluate, and pursue animal law reform. Applicants from a variety of academic disciplinary backgrounds, including economics, sociology, demography, social psychology, moral psychology, medicine, plant-based nutritional science, cognitive science, law, public health, and public policy are encouraged to apply. 
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Journal of Food Products Marketing:
Special Issue on Food Waste

The Journal of Food Products Marketing will launch a new series of special issues exploring Contemporary Topics in Food Marketing. The first special issue will be guest edited by Dr. Brian Roe and Danyi Qi of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University on Food Waste: Marketing Strategies.
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Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
Call for Papers

Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research addresses a broad range of natural resource fields including water, minerals, energy, fisheries and forestry in a synthesizing fashion, rather than stand-alone specialty areas. It also publishes papers on the natural resource implications of climate change, natural disasters and biodiversity loss, among others.
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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards. There are many awards in Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry, including:

  • Mauritius: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Australia: Fulbright Senior Scholar in Resources and Energy (Curtin University)
  • Canada: Research Chairs in Environment
  • United Arab Emirates: All Disciplines (Teaching or Teaching/Research)
  • India: Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Awards (All Disciplines)
  • Georgia: Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Colombia: Fulbright-Universidad Nacional de Colombia Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

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