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February 2018 Issue 3


New AAEA Pub Series on Teaching Resources

Announcement from President, Scott Swinton
AAEA is preparing to launch a new publication series on teaching resources. I am excited to announce that at its January 2018 meeting, the AAEA Board of Directors approved a new, online, peer-reviewed publication series entitled Applied Economics Teaching Resources. This series will establish a new home for case studies, classroom games, and other teaching resources of interest to agricultural and applied economists.

The new series fills a teaching gap in current AAEA publications. In fall 2017, AAEA convened a task force named by the Agribusiness Economics and Management (AEM) and Teaching, Learning, and Communication (TLC) sections. The task force prepared a report that initially focused on finding a long-term home for case studies by and for applied economists.  The group soon recognized that the need was wider, embracing a growing set of classroom games and other interactive learning innovations. To capture the wider scope, the series was named Applied Economics Teaching Resources.

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Announcing the 2018 AAEA Fellows

AAEA would like to congratulate the 2018 Fellows:

George Norton,
Virginia Tech

Jill McCluskey,
Washington State University

John Beghin,
North Carolina State University

Marcel Fafchamps,
Stanford University

Thomas Jayne,
Michigan State University

February 8, 2018 Deadlines

Volunteer to be a Member Expert

Do you want to be able to use your expertise to help a member of the media interested in the agricultural and applied economics topics you’re involved with every day?

We are creating a list of member experts for the AAEA Communicating Out Strategy. The AAEA Business Office is frequently contacted by members of the media looking for a source for stories they’re working on.

If you are interested in the possibility, please take a look at this quick list to let us know what topics you would be willing/available to talk about if a journalist is looking for help:

For more information about the survey, or to learn more about the Communicating Out Strategy, please contact Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business office at or (414) 918-3190.

Editorial Corner:
AJAE Editor, Timothy Richards

My first 6 months as co-editor of the AJAE have been both rewarding, and eye-opening. In fact, I am struck by the inherent paradox of becoming an editor: It is something every junior professor should do, but few journals are willing to let junior professors take over the reigns before they have paid their dues. Because I cannot change that fact, I will use my limited space to comment on what I have learned about the process, and what I think a junior faculty member would pick up quickly if he or she were given the chance. Most importantly, I have a new appreciation for the value of high-quality reviews. By "high-quality" I do not necessarily mean long, but helpful, insightful, well-informed, and as short on opinion as they are long on objective analysis. As editors, we try our best to fit articles to reviewers so everyone has a chance to comment on manuscripts that are as near to their "wheelhouse" as possible. Even when that attempt fails, however, it is still possible to pick out 4 or 5 major items that need to be addressed and, hopefully, suggest ways in which the reviewer thinks they can be fixed. Ideally, these suggestions will be grounded in the literature, and well-thought-out, and not pure speculation. A list of minor comments is also very helpful as very few manuscripts are near perfection on first submission, and there are typically a large number of items that are not fatal to the contribution of the manuscript, but could still use improvement. A good review walks the line between being critical, and helpful. While it is the nature of our job to search for errors in reasoning and method, the manuscript and the journal both benefit from productive suggestions that add value to the contribution. I suspect a good rule to keep in mind when putting together a review is the Golden Rule: " unto others.."

Call for Applications
Travel Grants for Early Career Professionals and Graduate Students

The AAEA Trust seeks applications for Early Career Professional and Graduate Student Travel Grants. These grants defray housing and transportation costs associated with attending the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on August 5-7. The amount of the travel grant awarded will depend on the number of applications received.

The deadline for submission is May 23, 2018. To apply, please visit
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Call for Applications
AAEA Annual Meeting International Travel Grants

The AAEA Trust seeks applications for AAEA Annual Meeting International Travel Grants. These grants defray housing and transportation costs associated with attending the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on August 5-7. The amount of the travel grant awarded will depend on the number of applications received. The funds for these travel grants are provided by a grant from USDA-ERS.

The deadline for submission is May 23, 2018. To apply, please visit
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Call for Applications:
2018 Heading North Award

Applications are now invited for the 2018 Heading North award.

The Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) through the AAEA Trust will jointly offer this travel award to members of AARES or AAEA normally resident in Australia or New Zealand.
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People Section

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Other News

RSS 2018 Annual Meeting in Portland, OR

The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) will hold its annual meeting in Portland, OR on July 26-29.  President Douglas Jackson-Smith invites AAEA members to consider attending. The theme for this year's meeting is "Science in Society, Society in Science: Toward a 21st Century Model for Social Scientific Research."  While the meeting will include presentations and speakers on many different topics, a number of events will focus on the tension between skepticism about science and expert knowledge and a desire to ground social policy in evidence about the critical social and environmental issues of our time.
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 Agriculture and Economic Development:
The 3rd International Workshop in Memory of Yair Mundlak

Rehovot, Israel, May 21-22, 2018
Announcement and Call for Papers: The Department of Environmental Economics and Management of the Hebrew University will host an international workshop on "Agriculture and Economic Development" in memory of Professor Yair Mundlak. The workshop will take place on the campus of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot, Israel, during May 21-22, 2018.
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Hold the Date Request and Call for Papers:
Pre-Conference Research Workshop on Advances in the Economic Analysis of Food System Drivers and Effects

The 2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Pre-Conference Workshop, co-sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, will be held on June 9-10, 2018, just prior to the NAREA conference taking place June 10-12 in Philadelphia. This pre-conference workshop will highlight recent advances in the economic analysis of food systems in the United States as well as globally. We seek papers that address individual impacts and causes as well as papers that examine system-wide interactions within the food system, including production, distribution and consumption linkages. Abstract Deadline is February 16, 2018.
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2018 NAREA Annual Meeting & Workshop:
Call for Papers and Symposia

Submission Deadline: February 9, 2018
Annual Meeting: Selected paper sessions, organized sessions, and a poster session allow scholars to share their current research. We also welcome discussion symposia proposals. We welcome submissions in all areas of environmental, natural resource, and agricultural economics.

For information on submission of papers for the Workshop on “Advances in the Economic Analysis of Food System Drivers and Effects,” please refer to the Workshop website:
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AJARE Call for Papers:
Special Issue on the Economics of Food Fraud

Food fraud—illegally deceiving consumers and other businesses in the production and marketing of food for economic gain—poses risks to private industry, government regulation programs, and consumers (Spink & Moyer, 2011). Food fraud encompasses a range of actions including food adulteration, tampering, theft (and resale), diversion of products outside of intended markets, and counterfeiting. 
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Food and Health Economics Workshop
Call for Papers

The Food and Health Economics Workshop will take place at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) June  7 and 8, 2018. The Food and Health Economics Workshop brings together researchers from around the world working in the field of Food and Health Economics.
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AARES 2018 Annual Conference
February 6-9, 2018

The 2018 Annual AARES Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace in Adelaide, South Australia.

The venue is close to public transport and there are numerous hotels within a 2-3 minute walk. The airport is approximately 20 minutes by car. Registrations are open. For information on the rates, workshops available, social functions and to register, head to the Registrations page.
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IMMANA Fellowships
Call for Applications

The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are pleased to announce the fourth and last round of Post-doctoral Fellowships for emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition, and health research, funded with UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID) through their program on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA). For 2018-19, IMMANA will award five 12-month Post-doctoral Fellowships to early career researchers who are using and developing or adapting these new methodological approaches with Mentors in ongoing research programs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
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Journal of Consumer Affairs & Financial Literacy and Education Commission
Call for Papers

The Journal of Consumer Affairs and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission announce a Special Issue and Symposium on: “Effective Financial Capability Interventions for Economically Vulnerable Individuals and Families”
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AAEA is releasing "Members in the News" emails to the membership.

If you find a State, National or International stories 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 Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business Office via email,
Communication out to the Public:

Sign up for listserv emails regarding
new positions HERE.