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April 2020, Issue 9


AAEA Deadlines    

May 15, 2020

May 28, 2020

June 4, 2020

July 20, 2020

Kansas City, MO
Fun Fact Friday

April 17, 2020

Fun Fact Friday: Kansas City, the City of Fountains, is home to more than 200 fountains—more than any other city in the world except Rome, Italy. And yesterday was the opening day celebration in which all the fountains in the city were turned on. #AAEAKC20 #FunFactFriday #FountainDay

April 24, 2020

Fun Fact Friday: Remember The Jacksons!? Well did you know that The Jacksons’ Victory Tour launched in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium in 1984. It was the last concert tour featuring all of the Jackson brothers together, including Michael. Tickets were $30 each--now that would have been a show to see! Fans went crazy for the moonwalk, songs from “Thriller” and the other brothers, too, presumably. #AAEAKC20 #FunFactFriday

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President's Column

April 2020

I write this note during challenging times. Many of us are working from home learning to teach, or collaborate on-line. We also face challenges for the future.

First, let me address the question of our summer meetings. We are continuing to plan for the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting taking place July 26-28 in Kansas City, MO. The AAEA Staff and Board are aware of the concerns and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Our top priority is the health, safety, and security of our meeting attendees. We are closely monitoring developments and we appreciate the concerns and information shared with us during this time. We will continue to evaluate and let our membership know the status of those meetings and if we do cancel what alternatives are planned.
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2020 AAEA Election



In order to participate in the 2020 AAEA Executive Board Election and AAEA Section Elections, you must join AAEA or renew your membership by May 5, 2020. Log into your AAEA "My Account." The Election will close May 15, 2020.

2020 AAEA Mentoring Research Workshop

The objective of this workshop is mentor junior faculty (less than 5 years) to transition to agricultural and applied economic departments by providing an orientation to expectations for research, teaching and outreach and develop effective strategies for success. The workshop will focus on constructively criticizing research in progress. Mentoring will include networking, information about the profession, and discussion of current research trends and topic areas.

Potential Rescheduled dates: October 7-9, 2020
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Housing and Registration are OPEN
2020 AAEA Annual Meeting

About 1,400 participants are expected to attend the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting, which will take place on July 26-28 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Missouri.

Annual Meeting registrants will receive a name badge when they arrive in Kansas City . Attendees will also have access to all concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, Poster Receptions, the Welcome Reception on Sunday night, and the Closing Reception on Tuesday night. Tickets for luncheons and Pre-/Post-conference Workshops are not included with the registration cost, but can be purchased separately during registration. Registration & Travel for the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting.

Registration and presenter requirement deadlines are subject to change.
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2020 AAEA Annual Meeting
Travel Grants

2020 Travel Grant submissions are open. These grants defray housing and transportation costs associated with attending the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, on July 26-28. The amount of the travel grant awarded will depend on the number of applications received. There are Travel Grants for both International and Domestic travel.

The deadline for the 2020 Travel Grants is May 15, 2020. Notifications will be sent in June.

2020 AAEA Annual Meeting
On-site Childcare

AAEA will have childcare onsite at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO. Childcare will be available Sunday, July 26 -Tuesday, July 28, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm each day for children 6 months to 12 years. You must pre-register for childcare.  For additional information or to register for childcare visit or download the PDF form.

The onsite childcare services will be provided by Accent on Children’s Arrangements, Inc. (ACCENT), which will design and run a children’s program called CAMP AAEA.
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2020 AAEA Annual Meeting
Register for the 2020 AAEA Employment Center

We invite and encourage you to register for the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting Employment Center, taking place July 26-28 in Kansas City, MO. 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.

For more information, please visit the online Employment Center. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Vanessa Nicholas. We hope to see you in Kansas City!
Register Online

2020 AAEA Annual Meeting
Announcing The 2020 Extension Competition for Graduate Students

The AAEA Extension Competition for Graduate Students provides incentives and opportunity to develop extension and outreach programs from their research for an extension (usually non-economist) audience. Entries can be based upon the graduate student’s research for a thesis, dissertation or other academic work. The competition is sponsored jointly by the Extension and Graduate Student Sections.
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AAEA GSS | 2020 Policy Communications Competition

In today’s market, there are numerous job opportunities for graduate students to enter positions in which they must effectively evaluate policy and communicate with policymakers and non-specialists about how certain issues influence stakeholders in food and agriculture. Communication must be brief, yet powerful, with proper objectivity and inclusion of timely and accurate information. Through this competition, graduate students will have the opportunity to gain experience in both written and verbal policy communication.
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AAEA at the 2021 ASSA Annual Meeting

Call for submissions: AAEA invited paper sessions

President-Elect Dawn Thilmany McFadden is soliciting proposals and suggestions for AAEA Invited Paper sessions at the 2021 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, January 3-5, 2021.
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People Section

  • University of California, Davis
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • New Mexico State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington State University

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Other News

Food System Research Fund 

The Food System Research Fund has announced an RFP seeking proposals focused on the economics and market dynamics of alternative plant based proteins. The fund intends to fund several projects in 2020 with an average grant size of $50,000. Applications are due April 30th. 
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Call for Papers on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

The Economic Research Service, USDA and Farm Foundation are sponsoring a 2-day workshop on young and beginning farmers, in order to provide a forum to discuss Beginning farmer and rancher opportunities. The workshop, to be held in September 2020 in Washington D.C., will bring together academics and other researchers and USDA agencies, with the objective of informing practitioners, policy makers, and USDA program agencies in their interactions with young and beginning farmers.
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The Climate Solutions Community
Paths to Texas Zero GHG Emissions: Electricity, Transportation and Industry

This event has been postponed from April 4 to August 22, 2020.

The Engineering, Science and Technology Council of Houston (ECH), and Climate Solutions for Texas, a local initiative of The Climate Solutions Community of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, invite you to a Climate Solutions Symposium.
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2020 The 4th International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science (4th ICAFS2020)

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to participate the 2020 The 4th International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science (4th ICAFS 2020) to be held in Istanbul, Turkey during October 28-30, 2020. For more details, please visit
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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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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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