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March 2018 Issue 5

President's Column

New AAEA Teaching Publication and Proposed Federal Cuts to Applied Econ
March 2018

Among its goals, AAEA aims to strengthen professional communication and to look out for the general welfare of our members.  My column this month hits on both topics:

  • Applied Economics Teaching Resources, the AAEA’s newest publication seeks an Inaugural Editor;
  • The U.S. President’s FY2019 budget proposes cuts and restructuring to agricultural economics programs that would especially affect the USDA Economic Research Service.

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Call for Applications
Inaugural Editor, Applied Economics Teaching Resources

In January 2018, the AAEA Board of Directors approved a new, online, peer-reviewed publication series, 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 AAEA Board seeks a visionary editor to design and launch Applied Economics Teaching Resources. With the goal of creating a high-quality publication, the editor will have broad latitude to shape what it looks like, how to attract contributions, and how to ensure quality outcomes. For advice and assistance, the editor may rely upon a five-member editorial board that the editor may name, subject to approval by the AAEA Board. The editorial board will include (but is not limited to) members of the AAEA sections on Agribusiness Economics and Management (AEM) and Teaching, Learning, and Communications (TLC). The publication will be distributed through AgEconSearch, with a target launch date in spring 2019. The AAEA will provide financial assistance to defray a portion of the editor’s time.

Applications should be sent electronically via PDF to Kristen McGuire, Executive Director, at by April 1, 2018. Interested persons may contact AAEA President Scott Swinton ( for further background.  Nominations of promising candidates are welcome.

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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

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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Wayne Douglas Purcell
1938- 2018      

Wayne Douglas Purcell, 79, of Riner, died Saturday, February 17, following a recent diagnosis of brain cancer.  He is survived by his wife, Nanci, of the home; his daughter and husband Tanya and David Graham of Estelline, SD; his son and fiancée Chris Purcell and Caitlin Moore of Rochester, NY; his three grandchildren, Jeremy Lemire of Aberdeen, SD, Beckett and Violet Purcell of Rochester, NY; his three great-grandchildren, Ja'Ayden Branch-Lemire, Jackson Lemire, and Ethan Pletten of South Dakota; his brother Wendell Purcell of Bassett, VA; his sister and husband Bonnie and Charles Allen of Fairfax, VA; numerous nieces and nephews.
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Other News

2018 Call for Applications
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) Program

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a leadership development opportunity for teams of researchers and community partners-- including organizers, advocates, or other community champions. These teams use the power of applied research—research that informs and supports critical work being done in communities—to advance health and equity. Their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

Each year, applicant teams focus on one of two annual themes. The two themes for the 2018 Interdisciplinary Research Leaders CFA are 1. Solutions for better health care delivery in rural America and 2. Addressing the social and economic determinants to prevent chronic conditions and to promote health, wellbeing, and equity in rural America.

IRL fellows receive $25,000 per year for each team member ($75,000 over three years) to support time in the program (approximately one day per week), and a one-time research project grant of approximately $100,000 for the team. There’s no need to relocate—fellows gather several times per

year in-person, then collaborate virtually and apply learnings in real time in their home communities. They become refreshed and recharged, ready to use their innovation and leadership to advance a Culture of Health.

We hope you will apply, and share this opportunity with others you know who are doing great work to advance health and equity in the US. Regardless of professional fields, we’re looking for great thinkers from many backgrounds and perspectives! If you have any questions, please send an email to

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.

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 US $3,000.00 USD to be used to assist the winner to participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting of AAEA to be held in Washington, D.C., August 5-7, 2018.  Applicants for the award must be a member of either AARES or AAEA.
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Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research
*Special Issue* Effective Management of Natural Disasters: Conceptual, Empirical Issues and Case Studies

Guest Editor: Chennat Gopalakrishnan, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Call for Papers: Recent years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the human and economic impacts of natural disasters. Between 2003 and 2013, they have resulted in total economic damages of $1.5 trillion, 1.1 million deaths, and impacted the lives of 2 billion people. Furthermore, it is worth noting that there has been a steady increase in the intensity and frequency of natural disasters, 2017 representing a case in point. Water disasters have accounted over the years for a significant proportion of natural disasters in the U.S and globally.

Please prepare your papers in accordance with the guidelines posted at under “Instructions for Authors.” Inquiries may be directed to the Editor-in-Chief at: Deadline: May 1, 2018
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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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