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May 2018 Issue 11


2018 AAEA Annual Meeting
Business Meeting

Monday, August 6, 2018, 8:00 am–8:30 am

AAEA’s annual Business Meeting will be held during the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday, August 6 in Salon 2. This meeting gives members the chance to hear about the state of the association. Updates will be given by the AAEA President, the Finance Committee, and the AAEA Trust Committee. Additionally, Board members and Editors who are completing their terms will be recognized for their service. Lastly, those in attendance will be given an opportunity to voice any questions or concerns that they may have. We hope you’ll join us in Washington, D.C.

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2018 AAEA Election Results
President-Elect and Board of Directors

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the candidates for running.

Keith Coble,
Mississippi State University

Board of Directors
Marc Bellemare,
University of Minnesota

Board of Directors
Rodolfo Nayga,
University of Arkansas 

Join us in welcoming AAEAs incoming leadership at the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., August 5-7.

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

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

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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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AAEA at ASSA 2019

2019 ASSA Annual Meeting
AAEA invited paper sessions

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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Other News

2018 Julius Shiskin Award
Barry Bosworth and Danny Pfeffermann

Barry Bosworth, Senior Fellow in the Economics Studies Program and Robert V. Roosa Chair in International Economics at the Brookings Institution, and Danny Pfeffermann, Director of Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics and Professor of Statistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and the University of Southampton, UK, have been selected to receive the 2018 Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy.
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Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
Summary of Activities January–May 2018

On March 22, CAST released Issue Paper 59, Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Alan McHughen, a biotechnology specialist and geneticist at the University of California, Riverside presented key findings to an audience at The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. On March 23, Dr. McHughen conducted briefings for Senate staffers in the morning and for House staffers at a noon lunch seminar.
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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.