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August 2020 Issue 18

AAEA Deadlines    

October 2, 2020

  • AAEA President-Elect and Director Nominations

October 7, 2020

October 15, 2020

November 30, 2020


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President's Column

August 2020

As I step into the role of President of AAEA, it is exciting to consider all the important conversations and issues I get to be a part of as our association, members, fields of study, employers and broader community react and respond to the changes we all faced this past few months.  Although I welcome the chance to be involved with as many of these discussions as I can, I was excited that so many of you said  “YES” when I asked if you would take on new committee, leadership and connecting roles in the coming year to serve our association’s mission. Thanks to so many of you for your new (and continued) service….
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Upcoming Organized Symposiums

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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 2021.

Please submit the names and affiliations of nominees to Nominations must be received by October 2, 2020.

Call for Nominations
2021 Fellows Award Nominations

The AAEA Fellows Selection Committee is inviting nominations for the 2021 AAEA Fellows Awards. The deadline for submission of nominations and supporting biographical documentation is Wednesday, October 7, 2020. 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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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.
Rescheduled dates: May 26-28, 2021
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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

Deadline: October 15, 2020
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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, DC to meet with senior staff from USDA, Congressional offices, and agricultural trade associations and commodity organizations. 

Deadline: October 15, 2020
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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).

Deadline: October 15, 2020
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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.

Deadline: October 15, 2020
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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.

Deadline: October 15, 2020
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Call for Applications
Editorship of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Editorship appointments for the American Journal of Agricultural Economics are staggered such that two new appointments are made every two years. The AAEA Board now seeks a diverse group of applicants for two editors to be appointed for a four-year term, beginning in January 2022. Each editor handles approximately one-fourth of the submitted manuscripts and makes independent editorial decisions on these submissions. The degree to which candidate’s expertise complements that of the continuing editors, Amy Ando and Marc Bellemare, will be considered in the selection process.

Deadline: November 30, 2020
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Other News

Director of Government Relations

Washington, DC
The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is seeking an experienced professional or firm to represent our organization in government relations. AAEA Government Relations activities cover four broad areas: 1) information gathering and advocacy of the interests of AAEA members, 2) coalition building to advance long-term advocacy positions, 3) planning of strategic initiatives of long-term value to AAEA, and 4) educating AAEA members in government relations. This document summarizes planned activities during 2020 and beyond in each of these areas. The position will report to the AAEA Executive Committee as well as the AAEA Committee on Government Relations. The position is based in Washington, DC.
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WEBINAR - SNAP + Food Assistance in a Time of Covid-19

An unprecedented 6 to 7 million additional people have been approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits since the effects of Covid-19 began in the U.S. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act gave the USDA authority to ease state requirements for compliance, and for “Pandemic EBT” — extra food benefits (by electronic transfer) for any child who would normally get free or reduced-price meals at school. Has the effort been timely and adequate? What hurdles remain?
12:00 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 31
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Food Distribution Research Society Annual Conference
2020 Call for Research Reports, Updates and Outreach Writing

Deadline extended to August 31, 2020

The Food Distribution Research Society invites submissions of Research Reports, Research Updates, and Outreach Writing for the 2020 Annual Conference.  Work related to any food distribution area from the farm gate through retail to the consumer may be submitted. 
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Harvard Fellowship Call

Harvard is now accepting applications for the Radcliffe Fellowship for the period of September 2022-May 2022, and to seek your aid in sharing our online application with the members of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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Special Section: Natural Sciences Education in a COVID-19 World

In mid-March, all of us in K-12 and higher education had to retool our courses under the intense emergency circumstances of a global pandemic due to COVID-19. As we look ahead to the 2020/21 academic year, we begin to imagine how to successfully adapt courses for online delivery, while continuing to offer learning experiences for our students that are as high quality as possible. Similar challenges are also facing those of us working in extension. Building on the success of the 2020 NSE special issue, the 2021 special issue of “Natural Sciences Education in a COVID-19 World” will explore our collective experiences with adapting to COVID-19.
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2020 Scholarship Awards for Richardson-Applebaum Outstanding Graduate Research on Food Distribution

The Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) is pleased to accept applications for the Richardson-Applebaum Outstanding Graduate Research on Food Distribution and Marketing. Broadly defined, this area encompasses all economic functions that occur between the farm gate and final consumer.
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2021 Scholarship Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research on Food Distribution and Marketing

The Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) is pleased to accept applications for the 2021 Scholarship Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research on Food Distribution and Marketing. Broadly defined, this area encompasses all economic functions that occur between the farm gate and final consumer.
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2020 FDRS Virtual Conference

The Food Distribution Research Society annual conference is going virtual!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDRS will host a virtual conference. Save the date for Tuesday October 13th tentatively 11:00 am – 4:30 pm EST.
This conference will consist of two keynote speakers, recognition for award recipients, invited, selected and research update presentations.
The fee for the conference is $50 for members and soon to be members and $25 for students. By paying this fee, you will have access to the online conference, recorded keynotes, presentations, and a 1-year complementary FDRS membership.
We also invite teams to participate at the Student Food Marketing Challenge, the registration fee is $50/team. By paying this fee, students will participate at the food marketing challenge, have access to the online conference, recorded keynotes and presentations. Recall cash prizes are offered to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
More information on the virtual conference in the coming weeks.

Introducing Q Open

Developed in collaboration between Oxford University Press, the European Agricultural and Applied Economics Publications Foundation, and the European Association for Agricultural Economics, Q Open is an innovative new open-access journal, publishing applied research across agricultural, climate, environmental, food, resource, and rural development economics. The title is inspired by the Q category of the Journal of Economic Literature’s subject classification system.
Q Open’s editors are Iain Fraser, Erwin Bulte, Vincenzina Caputo, Phoebe Koundouri, and David Lewis, and they are dedicated to rigorous and fast peer-review, aiming to provide a first decision within 4-6 weeks. To help achieve this, authors have the option to share reports from a previous submission.
Q Open’s peer-review model is based on a sound-science approach, with scientific rigour the primary consideration, and the editors’ subjective evaluation of relevance, importance, and novelty minimized.
Please consider Q Open as an outlet for your future papers.  Find out more at:; submit at:
Martin Green, Oxford University Press
Krijn Poppe, European Agricultural and Applied Economics Publications Foundation

Announcing the Online Agricultural and Resource Economics Seminar

The seminar is held on Wednesdays at 11 am Central US time. If you would like to register, join the OARES listserv here, and make sure to sign up with your institutional address. The OARES website includes a schedule of forthcoming talks as well.

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Anti-Harassment and Code of Conduct Policy

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.