July 2019, Issue 14
This is my last Presidential Column and it was an honor and a pleasure to serve as the AAEA President. When I took this position, I expected to emphasize enhancing mentoring, improve services to members, and expand membership. But this year we had to face some challenges that occupied most of our time. First, the threat to the viability of the Economic Research Service (ERS). The members of the board and I were alarmed by the combination of significant reduction the ERS’s funds in the president’s budget, the proposal to move the ERS from the research arm of the USDA (REE) to the Office of the Chief Economist, and to relocate ERS outside of Washington, D.C. I always celebrated the freedom that the ERS had to study a broad range of issues and analyze rich databases associated with U.S. agriculture and the environment. The research by economists in the USDA has not only provided administrations with insight regarding immediate policy needs, but also provided a better understanding of the agrifood system overall. The risk facing support for agricultural research forced us to hire a government relations representative and to become actively involved in advocating for the profession of agricultural economics. This was not an easy decision to make, but I feel that we need to be involved and provide our membership an outlet to pursue continuous support and obtain adequate resources for agricultural economic research. Of course, we limit our lobbying efforts to represent the shared interest in a strong and well supported discipline. Thus far, we learned that the ERS will continue to remain part of the REE, but is planned to move to Kansas City around September. The lion’s share of the economists at the ERS will not move, which will compromise the ability of the agency to conduct applied research in times that are difficult for agriculture. We will work with department heads and others to prevent the move. But more importantly, if the move occurs we will work hard to make sure the departing employees are replaced and the capacity of the ERS to maintain top-quality research for the nation and the world is not compromised.
About 1,400 participants are expected to attend the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting, which will take place on July 21-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Advanced online registration is now closed. All registrations will take place on-site in Atlanta, or by calling the AAEA Business Office until July 16 where registration may be taken over the phone.
Monday, July 22, 2018, 8:00 am–8:30 am
AAEA’s annual Business Meeting will be held during the annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, on Monday, July 22 in Marquis C & D. 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. A copy of the agenda is available online. We hope you’ll join us in Atlanta!
AAEA invites and encourages you to register for the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting Employment Center, taking place July 21-23 in Atlanta, GA. This is a great opportunity for employers to connect with potential candidates.
Employers who register may post open positions on the AAEA Job Board, view resumes of applicants who are participating in the Employment Center, and they may also utilize a table in the Annual Meeting Employment Center to conduct in-person interviews with applicants.
Applicant registration is FREE. Please note: Applicants must be registered for the Annual Meeting in order to participate in the Employment Center.
2019 Registered Employers (as of July 1, 2019):
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 AAEA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Our section offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities for undergraduate students of agricultural and applied economics:
The Catholic Research Economists Discussion Organization (CREDO) is an international society of hundreds of economists, including agricultural economists, who are interested in the conversation between the Catholic faith and economic research as it applies to the economy, the Church, and broader society. (See https://credo-economists.org/ for more information.) This year, we are hosting the second meeting of this group at the AAEA Annual Meeting at a lunch on Monday, July 22nd from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. The meeting and lunch are preceded by 12:10 mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree Street NE, a short walk from the conference hotel. All are welcome at the lunch meeting and mass. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Craig Gundersen (email@example.com), so we can get an estimate on the number of attendees for the lunch. In addition, please contact Craig with any questions, comments, etc., you may have.
The AAEA Executive Board invites applications for one editor for Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy (AEPP) to serve from 2020 through 2022. This call for applications is for an editor to manage Submitted Articles which contain original research results addressing realworld problems with sound research approaches and/or have strong policy relevance within the subject matter of the journal. The degree to which candidate’s expertise complements that of the continuing editors, will be considered in the selection process. The AAEA is particularly interested in candidates who will bring ideas and innovations for helping AEPP to further its mission.
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.
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 https://icafs.apaset.org/2019/
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