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May 2018 Issue 10

President's Column

May 2018

Am I seriously “looking forward to Washington, D.C. in August”? You bet I am! This column should whet your appetite for a feast of professional learning, connections, and opportunity. With over 200 sessions, ten pre- and post-conferences, and a new job fair, the meetings have something for everyone. I’ll end the column with updates on other AAEA initiatives in progress.

Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., August 5-7 
Home to the largest concentration of applied economists in the world, Washington, D.C., makes an ideal meeting venue for AAEA. This summer’s meeting will highlight economics that make a difference. The meeting will open with a keynote from African Development Bank, President Akinwumi Adesina. Dr. Adesina won the 2017 World Food Prize in large part for the way he designed and implemented incentive-compatible methods of targeting fertilizer and seed subsidies to Nigerian farmers. The meeting will close with the Galbraith Lecture by Paul Romer, professor of economics at New York University and recent Chief Economist at the World Bank. Dr. Romer has explored how the information economy is changing the role of cities, especially in the developing world. What will this transformation mean for the prosperity of rural areas?
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2018 AAEA Election

Candidates for President-Elect
Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Matthew Holt, Virginia Tech

Candidates for Director
Marc Bellemare, University of Minnesota
Rachael Goodhue, University of California, Davis
Rodolfo Nayga, University of Arkansas
Bradley Rickard, Cornell University

In order to participate in the 2018 AAEA Executive Board Election and AAEA Section Elections, you must join AAEA by May 5, 2018. Log into your AAEA "My Account." The Election will close May 15, 2018.

Renew Your AAEA Membership for 2018

You can renew your AAEA membership for 2018 on the AAEA website. Simply log in to the “My Account” section to renew. Completing your renewal online saves you time by filling out most of the information for you automatically.

The benefits of your AAEA membership only last through the spring of 2018, so be sure to renew soon to ensure that you keep receiving services from AAEA throughout the upcoming year.

You will need to be a current AAEA member in order to vote in the Executive Board Election, which runs April 15-May 15.

2018 AAEA Annual Meeting
Working with the Media Session

During the 2018 Working with the Media session, AAEA members are encouraged to share their research with a new audience. Members will have a chance to openly speak to media personnel to discuss their hesitancy with participating in interviews. There will also be a few AAEA members who are well versed at being the expert for media interview requests.

Interested in getting started with communicating to a broader audience or want to get advice from experts in the field, this is a session you won’t want to miss.

Session Information:
(subject to change)
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Room: Maryland A

If you have any questions please contact Allison Scheetz, AAEA Senior Communications Manager at

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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AAEA invited paper sessions at the 2019 ASSA Annual Meeting

President-Elect David Zilberman is soliciting proposals and suggestions for AAEA invited paper sessions at the 2019 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, January 4-6, 2019.

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.

Please send proposals by May 31, 2018, in Word or PDF format to Mary Annen at
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2018 AAEA Annual Meeting Post-conference Workshop:
Science Communications and Media Engagement

Workshop Description: AAEA has engaged the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology to conduct a communications workshop for our members. This four hour workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part, termed Science Communication Fundamentals, focuses on the core components of successful public engagement. Participants are introduced to the AAAS public engagement framework, a guide they can apply to all kinds of interactions. Participants also learn how to identify a public engagement goal, determine the relevant audience, craft tailored messages to achieve their goal and rehearse their engagement scenario. This workshop includes both facilitator presentations and attendee exercises.

August 8, 2018
Marriott Wardman Park
Room: Wilson A, B, & C
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Read more about all Pre- and Post-conference Workshops>>

2018 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Undergraduate Student Section Activities

On behalf of the Undergraduate Student Section of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, we cordially invite you and your students to attend and participate in the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., August 5- 7. Our section offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities for undergraduate students of agricultural and applied economics:

  • Academic Bowl Competition
  • Student Paper Competition
  • Earl O. Heady Decision Sciences Spreadsheet Competition
  • Outstanding Chapter Competition
  • Creative Club Competition

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2018 AAEA Annual Meeting
Call for Participation: AEM/GSS 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 AAEA annual meetings.
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2018 AAEA Employment Center and Job Fair

Registration is now open for the 2018 Employment Center taking place August 5-7, during the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. New this year, AAEA will be hosting a job fair on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This one-day event will take place in the Employment Center from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for employers to connect with potential candidates.

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 D.C.!

2018 AAEA Annual Meeting:
Extension Competition for Graduate Students

The Extension and Graduate Student Sections of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association announce a competition for graduate students for 2018. This competition, sponsored jointly by the Extension Section and the Graduate Student Section, provides graduate student competitors the opportunity to develop extension and outreach programs from their research. The development of education materials and presentations suitable for a general public audience is expected.
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Member Awards

Clifton R. Wharton Award
Uma Lele

Uma Lele (AAEA Fellow and member) was presented the Clifton R. Wharton Award, on April 17, 2018 at Cornell University in recognition of her numerous contributions to economic development, gender equity, and research over a distinguished career at the World Bank, multilateral scientific organizations, and U.S. universities. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate degree at Cornell's Agricultural Economics Department, now called the Charles Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Business.  Ralph Christy (Former AAEA President) stated that “Uma was an excellent representation of Wharton’s work in developing countries, a shining example that inspires others who are seeking to make positive impacts in emerging economies”. The Wharton award was created in 2007 to honor the outstanding work of Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr, (AAEA Fellow) in the areas of higher education, business and public policy and philanthropy. The award is presented each year by the Emerging Markets Program at Cornell University to a person who has distinguished him-or her-self with “Outstanding Service, Leadership and Contribution to Economic Progress in Emerging Markets.”  

Holladay Medal
Barry Goodwin

A world-renowned agricultural economist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics has been awarded North Carolina State University’s (NC State) highest honor for faculty achievement.

Barry K. Goodwin received the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence during the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence on May 1.

Others from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who were honored include Julieta Sherk, for her Fulbright Scholar Award, and Rodolphe Barrangou, for a National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.

View all recent Member Awards>>

Other News

USDA Workshop
Innovation and Design in Vertical Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems

A workshop sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture & The U.S. Department of Energy
June 27 – 28, 2018
Washington D.C.

As the global population grows, so too does food demand as well as constraints on land and natural resources. By the year 2050, the world’s population will approach 10 billion people, and at least 2 out of 3 people will live in urban centers.

With this increased urbanization comes the unique opportunity to develop engineering and agricultural innovations within urban systems that sustainably stimulate growth to help meet future needs.
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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

Sinais Alvarado 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:

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new positions HERE.