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August 2019, Issue 18

AAEA Deadlines

September 9, 2019

 September 12, 2019

October 2, 2019

October 3, 2019



President's Column

August 2019

AAEA, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your President this year. If you attended my Presidential Address, you heard me speak to the relevance of the profession. Thank you to the many individuals who came forward and offered to work on making us a more relevant organization going forward. We will continue to have more discussions about how to achieve this goal. I encourage members to consider how to better train our students to engage with non-economists and policy makers. Lastly, I challenge us to consider how to expand engagement with our graduates working in industry.
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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. Selection is based mainly on a continuous contribution to the advancement of agricultural or applied economics as defined by the Vision Statement of the AAEA. Achievements may be in research, teaching, extension, administration, or business. The nominee must be a living current member of AAEA and have been a member for at least five years.
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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.

Meet Richard Just
2019 Chartered Appreciation Club

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

A: A high point of my career was leading the AAEA as President in a major transition to a broader global focus and broader subject matter to revitalize membership as represented by replacing ‘American’ with ‘Applied’ in the name, and as symbolized in the globe and graph of the current AAEA logo that I designed on my PC. This vision has been realized in the ensuing decade. A critical component of that transition and one of the greatest achievements of my presidency was bringing about a dramatic improvement in the AAEA’s financial situation for the following decade (that included a 5-year renewal) by working with Ian Sheldon and Spiro Stefano to renegotiate the AAEA’s publication contracts, which among other things permitted a reduction in dues for the first time ever and the introduction of what is now one of the AAEA’s premier journals—Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

A: My greatest memories grew from having my son David become my academic grandson (David Zilberman chaired his dissertation after I chaired David Zilberman’s dissertation) as I watched him become a very successful member of the AAEA and professor at Cornell.  I cherish the subsequent opportunities we had to publish a handful of journal papers together, including our last one that won the Outstanding Journal Article Award from the AJAE.

  • Q: Do you have a personal statement?

A: My hope is synonymous with the general purpose of the AAEA Trust—to support the work of agricultural and applied economists by funding programs and initiatives designed to advance the profession.  I recognize that the best specific funding possibilities will change over time, and trust the AAEA Executive Board and AAEA Trust Committee to make the wisest decisions as the AAEA rolls forward.

  • Q: Tell us about an AAEA memory

A: Always be ready to interact and learn from others, identify your best ideas of how to make contributions to your profession and society, and pursue them tenaciously, paying no heed to discouragements along the way, and spending the extra time and effort necessary to perfect and polish your work.

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

A: What I regard as my greatest accomplishments are two-fold: (1) mentoring incredible Ph.D. students that have become very fruitful colleagues and have me ranked in the top 1 percent of all economists by strength of students according to RePEc, which I count as more of a privilege than an accomplishment; (2) pioneering methodological developments with a variety of collaborators that have generalized neoclassical paradigms to show risk response in agricultural supply, measure producers’ revealed risk preferences, represent the cost of risk reduction, effects of factor inputs on risk, effects of risk on producer welfare, capture both repeated and random behavioral anomalies in economic models to measure welfare effects of policies, externalities, and contamination, measure the distribution of policy effects on welfare among many markets and market groups, as well as developing many other approaches to analyze discrete-continuous technology choices, debt servicing capacity, the role of exchange rates, the separation of production and futures market decisions, and the distinction of optimization errors versus measurement errors—a collection of works that earned more research awards from the AAEA than anyone in its first 100 years according to the 2010 anniversary issue of the AJAE.

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

A: Always be ready to interact and learn from others, identify your best ideas of how to make contributions to your profession and society, and pursue them tenaciously, paying no heed to discouragements along the way, and spending the extra time and effort necessary to perfect and polish your work.

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 Trust Call for Proposals

The AAEA Trust supports the work of agricultural and applied economists by funding programs, initiatives, activities or other creative endeavors designed to advance the profession. Proposals are chosen to receive funding based on their ability to accomplish at least one of the following goals:

  • support graduate student and early career professional development
  • enhance the AAEA Annual Meeting,
  • broaden participation in AAEA,
  • reach out to new groups,
  • broaden the horizons of the current membership

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Call for Applications
Anthony Grano Fellowship Applications

The AAEA Trust is now accepting applications for the Anthony Grano Scholarship Award. Two scholarships of $1,250 will be awarded to academically successful, highly motivated students in agricultural economics or a closely related discipline with an interest in agricultural policy and the policy formation process. The scholarship will support recipients to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with senior staff from USDA, Congressional offices, and agricultural trade associations and commodity organizations.
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Uma Lele AERA India/AAEA Mentorship Program
Call for Applications

The AERA along with one representative from AAEA will play a facilitating role in the selection of Indian students/young professionals to participate in the mentorship program. The offer and themes for each year will be published in one of the issues of Agricultural Economics Research Review (AERR) and recommendation of the Association shall be sent to AAEA for Award of the grant. The following criteria were agreed for screening and recommendation of the candidate(s).
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Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship Call for Applications

The Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship provides an opportunity for early career women scholars working on food, agricultural, or resource issues to collaborate with an established expert at another university, institution, or firm.
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Call for Applications
McCorkle Scholarship Applications

The AAEA Trust Committee is accepting applications for the 2020 Chester O. McCorkle Jr. Student Scholarship. This scholarship will support applied research by a graduate student on economic issues relating to agriculture. At least one (1) scholarship of up to $2,000 will be awarded. Funds can be used for research related expenses, data collection, tuition and program related expenses such as fees, books, supplies and equipment, provided the items are required of all students in the program.
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Uma Lele Mentor Fellowship Award Call For Applications

The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Trust is now accepting applications for the Uma Lele Mentor Fellowship Award.  The Uma Lele Mentor Fellowship Award supports a mentorship relationship with a view to promote high quality research of a policy/problem solving nature in countries with food insecurity and environmental pressures. It is meant to promote collaboration between an early career scholar who is a citizen of and resides in a developing country and a distinguished mentor.
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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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Wallace Edward Tyner

Wallace Edward Tyner (Wally) was born in the East Texas town of Orange on March 21, 1945. He grew up the oldest of four brothers (Jerry, Richard, and Rob) in Athens, TX where his family owned and operated a small grocery store. After receiving his B.S. degree in chemistry from Texas Christian University, Wally joined the Peace Corps and worked as a poultry volunteer in rural India. This work led him to pursue graduate studies in economics at the University of Maryland (M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1977). Following a post-doc at Cornell, Wally joined the faculty of Agricultural Economics at Purdue.
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Other News

Call for Participation
2019 FDRS Student Food Marketing Challenge

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Food Distribution Research Society will be held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront - Seattle, Washington, from October 18 – October 22, 2019.  The theme of the conference this year is “From Local to Global: Innovative Strategies for Changing Food Distribution Networks.”
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NCCC-134 Committee on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management
Call for Paper Proposals

The NCCC-134 Committee on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management will host its 2020 Conference on April 20-21, 2020 at the Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown Conv Ctr, St. Louis, Missouri.
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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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