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October 2020 Issue 22

AAEA Deadlines    

November 30, 2020

December 3, 2020

January 20, 2021


Join us in-person next year!

President's Column

October 2020

It is so amazing to me that we are well into the Fall and the AAEA community continues to be active. There have been dozens of organized symposia, track sessions, undergraduate and graduate competitions and webinars extending the timeframe of our Annual Meeting, showcasing the scope and engagement of our membership. I have been excited to get to participate in over 25 since August, and continue to learn how broad the talents of our members, sections and partners across the ag, food, natural resource and community spectrum are being engaged to help our teaching, research, outreach and service missions.
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Upcoming Organized Symposiums

Read more about the Organized Symposiums here and Workshops by clicking here
Register for an Organized Symposium or Workshop by clicking on the Title.

Date Time (CDT) Event Title
October 26 7:30 am – 2:00 pm Handbook of Agricultural Economics
October 27 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Hemp: Identifying issues across the value chain
October 29 7:30 am – 2:00 pm Handbook of Agricultural Economics Session 2

Previously Recorded Virtual Meeting Sessions

Date Section(s) Event Title
September 30 --- How can regional and rural development economists be more effective about informing public policy?
September 18 --- Measuring the Retail Food Environment and Analyzing Its Effects on Consumers
September 15 CRENET Track Community & Regional Economics Extension: Searching for Sustainability
September 2 --- Hemponomics: What Does the Dismal Science Have to Say About the Emerging Trends in US Hemp Market?
September 1 --- Extension Grad Student Competition PART 1 – Molly DelCurto Extension Grad Student Competition PART 2 – Jose Enrique Velasco Extension Grad Student Competition PART 3 – Katie Wilts
August 31 EXECON/IBES Track New Trends in Experimental and Behavioral Economics – 2020 Edition
August 20 --- Job Market Candidate Showcase
August 19 GSS Track Navigating Stress, Diversity, and Inclusion in Agricultural Economics
August 18
  1. CRENET Track
  2. CWAE & EXECON Track
  3. ---
  1. Impacts of Rual Broadband, Broadband Policies and Programs
  2. Behavior in the Commons: Evidence from Experimental Economics on Risk and Social Preferences
  3. Climate Change and Agriculture’s Response
August 14 EXT & ARA Track Crop Insurance: Monitoring and Managing Agricultural Risk During the Growing Season
August 12
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  2. EXECON, Econometrics, & International Track
  1. Capacity for Food-Energy-Water Integrated Research
  2. Ulysses’ Pact of Ulysses’ Raft: Using Pre-analysis Plans in Experimental and Non-experimental Research
August 11 --- ---

August 10


August 6 TLC & GSS Track Teaching Tips from AAEA Award Winners and Panel Discussion
August 5 ENV & TLC Lighting Session Innovations in Teaching Environmental and Resource Economics

Congratulations to the following Award Winners

Outstanding Paper Competition:
First Place: Addie Stone, Clemson University
Second Place: Grant Durbahn, Iowa State University

Outstanding Spreadsheet Competition:
First Place: Elizabeth Thilimany, University of Maryland

Outstanding Chapter Award:
Clemson University

Creative Club Award:
Iowa State University

Academic Bowl:
First Place: Clemson (Gracie Herrin, Addie Stone, Liza Wilson)
Second Place: LSU (Colt Hardee, Madison Plaisance, Mike Younis)
Third Place: Florida (Juan Pachon, Caleb Reed, Caroline Snell)

2021 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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Invited Paper Sessions
2021 Call for Proposals

AAEA welcomes proposals for Invited Paper sessions for the 2021 AAEA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Papers in these Invited Paper sessions may be published in the Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy (AEPP) in March 2022, subject to review. Proposals from individuals or groups need to be submitted using the online submission system by Thursday, December 3, 2020. The system will open in early November.
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Case Studies
2021 Call for Proposals

AAEA welcomes proposals for Case Studies for the 2021 AAEA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Cases in this Invited Paper session may be published in the Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR) in January 2022, subject to review. Proposals from individuals or groups need to be submitted using AAEA’s online submission system by Thursday, December 3, 2020. The system will open in early November.
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Track Sessions sponsored by AAEA Sections
2021 Call for Proposals

The AAEA Executive Board invites Track Session proposals for the 2021 AAEA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Initial proposals need to be submitted by Thursday, December 3, 2020, to Samantha Bilgrien at Final, detailed submissions associated with each session are due by March 24, 2021. The AAEA Business Office will work with each Section that submits proposals on their final submission.
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Call for Proposals
2021 Pre- and Post-conference Workshops

The AAEA Executive Board invites proposals for Pre- and Post-conference Workshops at the 2021 AAEA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, December 3. Selections will be finalized at the AAEA Executive Board meeting in early January and organizers will be notified soon thereafter by the AAEA President.
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Selected Presentation Papers and Posters
2021 Call for Proposals

AAEA seeks submissions for Selected Presentations for the 2021 AAEA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. 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. Proposals are due by Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
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Organized Symposia
2021 Call for Proposals

AAEA seeks submissions for Organized Symposia for the 2021 AAEA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Proposals are due by Wednesday, January 20, 2021, and should be submitted using AAEA’s online submission system. The system will open in early November.
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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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AEPP Working Collection of Articles on COVID-19

These articles will appear in an upcoming special issue on COVID-19. Articles will be added to the collection as they publish online ahead of the special issue publication in early 2021.

View the collection here:

Call for Papers
Special Issue on ‘Replications in Agricultural Economics’ in AEPP

An important quality characteristic of scientific research is that it is falsifiable and replicable. If findings from scientific articles are not replicable or are not attempted to be falsified, this renders conclusions less reliable. This is especially relevant in the field of agricultural economics research, where scientific results are frequently used to design or modify policies. Replication studies offer the potential to gain new insights from answering previously answered research questions by (1) applying the same or similar methods to other data sets or (2) applying alternative or more appropriate (new) methods to existing data sets or modeling frameworks. This contributes to the assessment of the robustness of earlier research findings.
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WEBINAR | HOW TO: Build an Infographic

Humans love good visuals. Did you know that 40% of people respond better to visual information than text?
Or that visuals are processed faster in the brain than text?

Join Sarah Bowker, Communications Director with CEDIK at the University of Kentucky, to learn how to build an Infographic. We will learn about the free and inexpensive tools to build your visual as well as the underlying concepts of user experience, color psychology, and visual storytelling to create an infographic that people will understand.

When: Tuesday, October 27, 1:00 - 2:00pm ET
Meeting ID: 944 9248 2071      Passcode: 624184
Facilitators: Editors of Choices Magazine - Alison Davis, University of Kentucky & Maria Marshall, Purdue University
Speaker: Sarah Bowker, University of Kentucky

Please note that in order to access the Zoom meeting, it is required to enter the passcode provided above.

(WEBINAR)The Meatless Revolution: Panel with Industry Experts

The meat sector is a well-established market, with a typical American consuming over 200 pounds of meat (either beef, chicken, and/or pork) per year. However, the growing demand for alternative proteins (e.g., plant-based, lab-grown) has captured the attention of investors, the media, and consumers. Plant-based “meats” are not only targeted toward vegans and vegetarians, but also consumers who do not subscribe to a specific diet, as plant-based meat companies attempt to mimic the look, feel, and taste of conventional meat-based products. Major food retail chains and fast food restaurants, such as Carl’s Jr., Q’doba, and Burger King, are bucking the trend and have all introduced plant-based alternatives as a substitute to menu favorites. Additionally, new technologies to produce lab-grown meat, such as those derived from chicken feathers, are on the frontier. Infusions of investments by venture capital and large companies are being made, despite the fact that, historically, many investments made in growing food startup companies have ended up being divested at a loss.
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AAEA at ASSA 2021

2021 AEA/ASSA Annual Meeting will be VIRTUAL

Given recent events, continued uncertainties, current meeting/travel restrictions related to the potential spread of COVID-19, and the rising number of cases, we regret to announce that the Association's leadership has made the difficult decision not to hold the 2021 ASSA Annual Meeting in person. The safety risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to plan, prepare for, and hold an in-person event as expected.
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AAEA Sessions

Sunday, January 3

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Agricultural Economists (A1)

12:15 PM - 2:15 PM (EST)
Chair: Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contracting in Agriculture (A1)

3:45 PM - 5:45 PM (EST)
Chair: Clark Lundberg, San Diego State University

Monday, January 4

Big Data and Near-Real-Time Monitoring of Food Emergencies (A1)

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
Chair: Rob Vos, International Food Policy Research Institute

Food Quality Inspection, Certification, and Disclosure (A1)

3:45 PM - 5:45 PM (EST)
Chair: John Bovay, Virginia Tech

Tuesday, January 5

The Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Economies (A1)

12:15 PM - 2:15 PM (EST)
Chair: Heather Stephens, West Virginia University


Bernard “Bud” F. Stanton

Bernard (Bud) Freeland Stanton passed away September 25, 2020, in Ithaca, New York, at the age of 95. He was an agricultural professor at Cornell University for 39 years, retiring in 1992. His contributions to the profession, both domestically and internationally, were extensive. During his time as chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Cornell from 1968-1976, he led the expansion of the department’s expertise in resource economics, international trade, and econometrics. His own research area was farm management and production economics, and he taught courses in those areas as well as statistics and research methods. Following his retirement to Professor Emeritus, Bud worked part-time in Cornell's Health Careers Office from 1996 to 2008, where he advised Cornell students preparing for medical fields.
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Donald Lee Winkelmann

Donald L. Winkelmann, an agricultural economist and global leader in international agricultural research, died on October 7, 2020 at age 89 at Santa Fe, NM. Winkelmann lived and worked for 29 years in Mexico, rising to become Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a pioneer center for the Green Revolution. With intellect, persuasiveness, and perseverance, Winkelmann permanently changed the trajectory of international agricultural research to the benefit of poor farmers’ people around the world. In 1994, the Government of Mexico recognized his achievements with the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor bestowed on foreign nationals.
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Other News

AARES 2021

The AARES 2021 conference will take place February 8-12, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic AARES has decided to hold the 2021 conference virtually, via online platform. It is envisaged that majority of online sessions will be ‘live’ so that presenters and participants can interact more directly. Recordings of sessions will be available for later viewing. Conference presentations will be held from 9 to 12th February.

The pre-conference workshops are planned to take place via live-streamed online sessions on February 8, 2021.

To ask a question of the Local Organizing Committee, please go to the Contact page. To learn more about the AARES 2021 conference go to:

NEW International Society for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis

The mission of the Society is to extend, mutatis mutandis, the General Scope of the Journal of Productivity Analysis (  The Society will promote and diffuse the study of theoretical and applied research addressing the measurement, analysis, and improvements in productivity and its components, particularly innovation and efficiency.  It will be a Society that supports and fosters research that uses theory and empirical techniques to the measurement of productivity and sets forth implications for managerial strategies and public policy to enhance productivity. The Society’s broad scope spans economics, management sciences, operations research, and business and public administration. A partial list of topics includes productivity theory, organizational design, index number theory, and related foundations of productivity analysis, research on computational methods employed in productivity analysis and empirical research based on data at all levels of aggregation.
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The NCCC-134 Committee on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management will host its 2021 Conference on April 19-20, 2021. Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 conference will be held virtually.
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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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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.