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August 2019, Issue 17

AAEA Deadlines

September 9, 2019

 September 12, 2019

October 3, 2019




Thank you

Thank you to all those who traveled and attended the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA!

We hope that you will join us again in the heart of agriculture, Kansas City, MO, July 26-28, 2020 at:

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Room rates will start at: $162 plus state and local taxes

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is centrally located with easy access to great restaurants, entertainment, and transportation. Find out more on what Kansas City has to offer.

The abstract submission site for the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting will open November 1, 2019 and the deadline for abstracts will be January 15, 2020.

Call for Nominations
2020 Fellows Award Nominations

The AAEA Fellows Selection Committee is inviting nominations for the 2020 AAEA Fellows Awards. The deadline for submission of nominations and supporting biographical documentation is Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

The 2020 Fellows Recognition Ceremony will be held as part of the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO. Information on previous AAEA Fellows and the procedures used to select Fellows is available on the AAEA Fellows page.

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 2020.

Please submit the names and affiliations of nominees to Nominations must be received by October 3, 2019.

2019 AAEA Award Winners

2019 Fellows

2019 Appreciation Clubs


Undergraduate Student Section Awards

  • Academic Bowl: Louisiana State University (Colt Hardee, Erynn Heffley, Whitney McKinzie)
  • Outstanding Paper Competition: Alexander Hildreth, Louisiana State University; and Elizabeth Thilmany, University of Maryland
  • Outstanding Chapter Award: Iowa State University (Advisors: Amy Brandau and Ron Deiter)

Graduate Student Section Awards

  • Graduate Student Case Study Competition
    • Winner – Kansas State University with Chelsea Arnold, Kaitlyn Dinges, and Christina Stander
    • Second Place – Purdue University with Emiliano López Barrera, Sofia K. Vielma Delano, and Jeremiah Stevens
    • Third Place – Michigan State University with April Athnos, Simone Faas, and Megan Bellinger
  • Graduate Student Extension Competition: Hannah Shear, Kansas State University, Mentor Dustin Pendell; Whitney Bowman, Kansas State University, Mentor Dustin Pendell; Amber Roberts, University of Minnesota, Mentor Joleen Hadrich

Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award:
Santa Felicita Rosario de Jesus, Virginia Tech; Hanna Ruder, Kansas State University; and Robert Thompson, Mississippi State University

Honorable Mentions: Ari Kornelis, Michigan State University and Angela Sweeney, University of Guelph

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation:
Ellen Bruno, University of California, Davis; Tamma Carleton, University of California, Berkeley; and David Wolf, The Ohio State University

Honorable Mention: Bixuan Sun, University of Minnesota

Distinguished Teaching Awards

  • Ten Years’ Experience: Kim Morgan, Virginia Tech
  • Undergraduate Teaching: Ten or More Years’ Experience: Christine Wilson, Kansas State University
  • Graduate Teaching: Ten or More Years’ Experience: Thomas Hertel, Purdue University

Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Awards

  • Individual: Less than Ten Years’ Experience: Alejandro Plastina, Iowa State University
  • Individual: Ten or More Years’ Experience: Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
  • Group: Brian Briggeman, Kansas State University; Phil Kenkel, Oklahoma State University; Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University; Greg McKee, University of Nebraska; and Michael Boland, University of Minnesota

Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis
Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University

Additional authors include: Edward Balistreri, John Crespi, Chad Hart, Minghao Li, Lee Schulz, David Swenson, and Wendong Zhang

Quality of Communication Award
Parke Wilde, Tufts University; Mary Marchant, Virginia Tech; and H. Holly Wang, Purdue University

Additional authors include: Yuqing Zheng, Dallas Wood, Jason P. H. Jones, Farzad Taheripour, Wallace E. Tyner, James Hansen, Wei Zhang, Jason Grant, Amanda M. Countryman, Andrew Muhammad, Yangxuan Liu, John R. C. Robinson, and W. Donald Shurley

Quality of Research Discovery Award
William Masters, Tufts University; Prakarsh Singh, Amherst College

Publication of Enduring Quality Award
Michael Carter, University of California, Davis and Christopher Barrett, Cornell University

Honorable Mention: Thomas Reardon, C. Peter Timmer, Christopher B. Barrett, Julio Berdegué

Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article Award:
Tim Richards, Arizona State University

Honorable Mentions: Andrew Crane-Droesch and Matthew Anderson, Julian Alston, Philip Pardey, Aaron Smith

Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy Article Award
Brenna Ellison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Outstanding Choices Article
Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University; and Wallace E. Tyner, Purdue University

Honorable Mention: Don E. Albrecht, Florence A. Becot, Bonnie Braun, Stephan J. Goetz, Shoshanah Inwood, Alana Knudson, Jane M. Kolodinsky, Scott Loveridge, Katlyn Morris, Jason Parker, Bob Parsons, and Rachel Welborn

Anthony Grano Scholarship
Amber Roberts, University of Minnesota

Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship
Vincenzina Caputo, Michigan State University

Uma Lele Mentor Fellowship
Sendhil Ramadas, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research

Chester O. McCorkle Jr. Student Scholarship
Louis Sears, Cornell University

AARES-AAEA Young Professional Exchange Program

  • Heading North Award: Saeideh S. Khosroshahi, Latrobe University

Meet Walter Armbruster
2019 Chartered Appreciation Club

  • Q: What is your greatest accomplishment in your career?

A: Leading Farm Foundation as President for 17 years, organizing programs for agricultural and applied economists from academia, industry and government to address critical issues of importance to the agricultural and food supply chains from producer to consumer. Disseminating results often had immediate economic and policy relevance, and in some cases ongoing collaboration among participants produced valuable results for many years.

  • Q: What advice would you give to an early career professional?

A: Look for and take advantage of opportunities which fit your skills and particular passion to make a significant contribution to society.

  • Q: What do you hope this club will accomplish?

A: Fund innovative ideas to further the impact of AAEA through communicating in not-technical format the research findings and outreach of the profession to policymakers and the interested public.

  • Q: Tell us about an AAEA memory

A: Receiving a call at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning of the Michigan State meetings in 1987 that my son Sean was about to present himself to the world ten days early. My 5 hour drive back to Chicago got me to the hospital to hear his first cries from the hallway rather than being with Helen the whole time as planned.

  • Q: Do you have a personal statement?

A: Among highpoints with the agricultural and applied economics profession were moving AAEA from an academically subsidized organization to a free-standing entity with a managing director structure, as well as establishing Sections during my year as AAEA president; serving 24 years as Secretary-Treasurer of IAAE, helping to transform it to a financially strong organization; working with a small group to organize C-FARE in 1995 to create a presence for the profession in Washington, DC; and editing the renewed online-only Choices magazine for 5 years. Working with the profession’s members worldwide was very rewarding. None of this would have been possible without my wife Helen and son Sean living with my constant travel and absence from home half of the workdays and many weekends.

Call for Papers
Applied Economics Teaching Resources

AETR is a new online open access publication sponsored by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association for high end research and scholarship in the areas of teaching, education and extension in the fields of agricultural economics, agribusiness, applied economics and related disciplines.
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AAEA/AARES Heading South Award
Call for Applications

The Australasian 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 2020 AARES Conference in Perth, Western Australia. It is available to members of AARES or AAEA normally 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.

Electronic submissions (in PDF form) for this award must be emailed to Kristen McGuire by Thursday, September 12, 2019 (for travel in February 2020).
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People Section

  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • University of California, Davis
  • Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Missouri
  • The Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas Tech
  • Washington State University
  • West Virginia University

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Other News

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships

Up to two years - $47,500 per academic year.
The grants, which will commence during the 2020/21 academic year, are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022). For more information and applications - click here
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2019 International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science

2019 International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science (ICAFS 2019) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during December 8-11, 2019. For more details please visit
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AAEA is committed to the fair, ethical treatment of all of its members and all other individuals participating in AAEA activities or activities connected with, or related to, AAEA activities, while providing an atmosphere that promotes a variety of research, teaching and extension/outreach activities. The AAEA has zero tolerance for, and prohibits any type of, discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, within the organization, at professional meetings, in the field, or anywhere professional activities are conducted under the aegis of the AAEA. View the Policy.