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December 2019, Issue 26

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January 15, 2020

Kansas City, MO
Fun Fact Friday

December 13, 2019

Fun Fact Friday: Kansas City is a global leader in the animal health industry, with area companies accounting for one-third of all sales in the $15 billion industry. #AAEAKC20 #FunFactFriday

December 20, 2019

Fun Fact Friday: The Hallmark Visitors Center, location in Crown Center in downtown Kansas City, tells the story about the world’s largest greeting card company. Joyce C. Hall arrived in Kansas City in 1910 with two shoe boxes full of postcards and a dream. Today, the company he founded produces more than 2 billion greeting cards each year in more than 30 languages and distributes them in more than 100 countries. Hallmark ornaments were first produced in 1973. Hallmark has continued to produce Keepsake ornaments through 2019, with approximately 400 different designs in each recent year. #AAEAKC20 #FunFactFriday @Hallmark

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From the AAEA Business Office (from left to right):
Kristen McGuire, Samantha Bilgrien, Mary Annen, Vanessa Nicholas,
Allison Scheetz and Jessica Weister

The 2020 year kicks off with the 2020 ASSA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, January 3-5, featuring a number of compelling AAEA invited paper sessions, the T.W. Schultz Lecture, and the Networking Reception. All AAEA events and sessions at ASSA will take place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

As a reminder, the deadline to submit an Organized Symposia proposal and/or Selected Presentation abstracts is January 15, 2020. Award nominations are also due to the AAEA Business Office by February 7, 2020.

We look forward to providing continued support as you make positive differences within the Agricultural and Applied Economic fields. Your membership and involvement makes AAEA what it is, and we appreciate the dedication of your time and talents to our field and the Association.

We are grateful for your contributions and hope you will continue to add value to AAEA through your partnership with us. If you would like to become more involved in AAEA, please reach out by email to or by calling (414) 918-3190.

From all of us at the AAEA Business Office, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season, and a joyous New Year!

Dave Baumann, Kristen McGuire, Allison Scheetz, Mary Annen, Vanessa Nicholas, Samantha Bilgrien, and Jessica Weister
(AAEA Staff will be out of the office starting December 24, 2019, and will be returning to the office on January 2, 2020.)

President's Column

December 2019

In my last newsletter I spoke of the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators (NAAEA) meeting in Washington, DC organized by the Council on Food and Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE). I applaud the leadership of NAAEA and C-FARE for the opportunity to participate and see the engagement of that meeting. My sense is our story was told well and we gained useful information for our academic departments.
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2020 Selected Presentation Papers & Posters
Call for Abstracts

AAEA seeks submissions for Selected Presentations for the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO. Selected Presentations are a submission category that represents both Selected Papers and Selected Posters. All submissions are reviewed and accepted together, and only after acceptance are the submissions designated as a paper or poster. At the time of submission, individuals will have the option for their submission to be considered as a poster only. There is no paper only option. Abstracts must be received by Wednesday, January 15, 2020 and should be submitted using AAEA’s online Abstract Management System.
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2020 Organized Symposia
Call for Proposals

AAEA seeks submissions for Organized Symposia for the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO. Proposals are due by Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and should be submitted using AAEA’s online submission system. Submit proposals in the online Abstract Management System.
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AAEA at 2020 ASSA Annual Meeting

T.W. Schultz Memorial Lecture

Susan Athey, Stanford University

Friday, January 3, 2020
6:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Coronado B

Reception will immediately follow the presentation

AAEA Networking Reception

Saturday, January 4, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Coronado D

Friday, January 3

Saturday, January 4


Keith C. Knapp

Keith C. Knapp passed away on November 27, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends, in Riverside, California. Born in Wichita, Kansas, on July 28, 1950, Keith was the first son of William H. and Jane L. Knapp. After moving around the Midwest with his family early in his life, he graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1968. After high school, he went to Iowa State University where he earned a BS degree in Economics in 1972. He served in the U.S. Army for two years, being stationed in West Germany for part of his duty. Following an honorable discharge in 1974, he entered a PhD program offered by the College of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where he received the Johns Hopkins Fellowship from 1975 to 1980 and specialized in resource and environmental economics. During this time in graduate school, Keith interned at the Water Resources Council and did part-time consulting for the World Bank, both in Washington D.C.
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Other News

Environmental Research PhD and Postdoc Opportunities
The Gund Institute at UVM

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont (UVM) brings scholars and leaders together to accelerate research, uncover solutions, and tackle the world's most pressing environmental issues. The Gund focuses on environmental issues at the interface of four pressing research themes: climate solutions, health and well-being, sustainable agriculture, and resilient communities. 
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Food and Health Economics Workshop
Call for Papers

The second Food and Health Economics Workshop will take place at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) June 18 and 19, 2020. The Food and Health Economics Workshop brings together researchers from around the world working in the field of Food and Health Economics.
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Fall 2020 Issue of the Western Economic Forum

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts: All submissions to the Western Economics Forum must be submitted electronically in MS Word format. Author and institutional identifications will be removed from MS Word submissions by the editorial team prior to being sent to reviewers. Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged by e-mail.
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Western Economics Forum (WEF)
Call for Papers and Case Studies for Fall 2020

Topical Focus of Special WEF Issue: Adding Economic Value – Increasing Farm and Community Prosperity in the Western U.S.

The Western Economics Forum (WEF) focuses on interdisciplinary issues relevant to the Western United States. Western state economies continue to be impacted by highly variable returns to key commodities; policies that influence the availability of labor, water and other critical inputs; as well as weather patterns that affect the quantity and quality of agricultural production. In response, agricultural producers, researchers, community organizations and educators are seeking strategies to smooth variability in rural incomes, create new sources of employment, reduce use of increasingly scarce inputs to production, and develop markets for new services and products.
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Richardson-Applebaum Outstanding Graduate Research
Food Distribution and Marketing Statement of Intent Form

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) is seeking a highly qualified professional to serve as a Specialist for the approximately 2-week project “Automation Processes of the Uses of Natural Resources” to take place in Bogotá, Colombia beginning in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.
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International Food Marketing Research Symposium
Call for Papers

San Antonio, TX, June 17-18, 2020
We are now accepting submissions for the International Food Marketing Research Symposium to be held on June 17-18, 2020 with Texas A&M University, in San Antonio, TX. You may send abstracts and papers for peer review and register online at The submission deadline is April 15, 2020.
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Fulbright Specialist Program Engineering Education Project
Open Call

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) is seeking a highly qualified professional to serve as a Specialist for the approximately 2-week project “Automation Processes of the Uses of Natural Resources” to take place in Bogotá, Colombia beginning in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.
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6 Congreso Regional de Economía Agraria and IAAE-Inter-Conference Symposium
The Role of the Agribusiness Sector in the Sustainable Development of Latin American Economies

October 7 to 9, 2020 in Montevideo, Uruguay
The Inter-Conference Symposium seeks to provide an expanded regional network for agricultural and applied economists from all over Latin America and beyond focusing on the role of the agribusiness sector in the sustainable development of our rural economies. Providing a platform for discussion, exchange and networking, we are looking to strengthen our profession in the region.
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NAPA 2020: Second Biennial NAPA Conference
Call for Abstracts

May 22-24, 2020, Atlanta
The Conference Organizing Committee (COC) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts on the theme "Global Food Security through Agricultural Transformation" for NAPA 2020, second Biennial Conference of the Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas. Abstract submission is open on topics related to Agricultural and Allied Sciences that advance any aspect of NAPA disciplines and ultimately help achieve the secured and sustainable supplies of food, feed, fuel, and fiber (4F) to meet the needs of the current and the next generations without compromising the opportunities of future generations. This call solicits abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Students will have opportunities for oral and poster presentation competitions.
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175 EAAE Seminar
Call for papers

The objective of the seminar is to improve the understanding of sustainability standards and their effects on agricultural, food, and bio-based value chains. The seminar focuses on public and private sustainability standards. Both drivers and implications of their emergence are of interest, with emphasis on the economic, governance and policy perspectives. Emphasis is both on theoretical and empirical applications.
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