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April 2021 Issue 7

AAEA Deadlines    

April 15, 2021

May 3, 2021

May 20, 2021

May 26, 2021

December 31, 2021

January 16, 2022


Join us in-person this year!


2021 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting
Travel Intent Feedback

AAEA is planning for a hybrid 2021 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas at the JW Marriott. This will not look like a normal AAEA Annual Meeting. Some key differences:

  1. For example, there may be fewer and/or limited attendance social events at the meeting (for example, seated reunions and receptions). 
  2. In addition, we will adhere to safety policies onsite such as wearing masks and social distancing, even if more stringent than the city hosting our event.
  3. All attendees will sign a waiver that they understand the risk of attending an in-person meeting and will not hold the association responsible, should they contract a communicable disease including but not limited to COVID-19.

Answering the 7 question survey will help us provide the best possible experience. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.

The safety of our members and attendees is a top priority and we will keep you informed of any updates regarding the meeting.

Complete the Survey Now

If you have already completed this survey, please do not respond again.
Survey deadline for completion is April 15, 2021

President-Elect Seeks Volunteers for AAEA Committees

Members interested in shaping the future of the AAEA can play an essential role by serving on an association committee. Committee service also offers an excellent opportunity for developing contacts and increasing professional networking.
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2021 AAEA Travel Grants

2021 Travel Grants are now open for applications. These grants defray housing and transportation costs associated with attending the 2021 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, August 1-3, 2021. 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 2021 Travel Grants is May 20, 2021, applications will be available soon. Notifications will be sent in June.

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, “Agricultural and Applied Economics and Inequity and Discrimination Faced by African Americans in the United States”

Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy
The editors of AEPP invite authors to submit articles for a special issue on inequities and discrimination faced by African Americans in the United States related to topics within agricultural and applied economics. AEPP publishes research related to agriculture; animal, plant, and human health; energy; environment; food and consumer behavior; international development; natural hazards, natural resources; population and migration; and regional and rural development.
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Call for Papers
Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR)

Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR) is an online, open access, and peer-reviewed professional publication series. The aim is to provide an inclusive outlet for research, teaching and Extension education scholarship encompassing but not limited to research articles, case studies, classroom games, commentaries, experiential learning, and pedagogy.  The goal is to support and advance teaching and Extension education within the scholarly areas of agricultural and applied economics, and agribusiness economics and management. AETR seeks to publish articles that are diverse in both scope and authorship. It serves as a platform for addressing and contributing to our understanding of important societal issues, including inequality and discrimination, as well as how shifts in pedagogy (e.g., growing reliance on remote and hybrid learning modalities) may impact accessibility and inclusion.
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Call for Papers
Special Issue, “Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics Classrooms and Departments”

Applied Economics and Teaching Resources
Applied Economics and Teaching Resources is calling for manuscripts on teaching methods, curriculum development, and programs to foster diversity and inclusion in agribusiness and agricultural economics classrooms and departments. Across the academy, researchers have documented the adverse effects of racial and economic inequality, gender discrimination, stereotype enforcement, and social polarization on university students in the United States. Less has been documented about these issues within agribusiness management, agricultural economics, and related undergraduate and graduate university programs. The goal of this special issue is to further our understanding of educational inequalities for students of different economic, racial, sexual, and cultural backgrounds. Further, we seek articles that report on classroom, department, college, or multi-institutional programs designed to foster and support students from diverse backgrounds. 
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Help Support the Economics Labor Market with Quality Data:
The O*NET Data Collection Program and AAEA members

The O*NET Data Collection Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is seeking the input of expert Economists on our own job market characteristics. As the nation's most comprehensive source of occupational data, O*NET is a public resource for millions of job seekers, employers, veterans, educators, and students at
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2021 AAEA Mentoring Research Workshop

Post-Conference Workshop (PC54)
August 4-5, 2021
Austin JW Marriott
See below schedule for times each day
Registration fee: $40, You must apply to participate in this workshop
Space is limited

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.
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Call for papers: Food for Thought: Economic Analysis in Anticipation of the Next Farm Bill

AAEA Post-Conference Workshop, August 4, 2021 (PC 53)

The AAEA Extension Section and Senior Section, along with the USDA Office of the Chief Economist and Texas A&M Agricultural and Food Policy Center are sponsoring a post-conference workshop following the AAEA 2021 meetings to encourage and highlight economic analysis in anticipation of the next Farm Bill. 
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Call for Applications

The Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics (CWAE) and the Committee on the Opportunities and Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics (COSBAE) are pleased to announce our new mentoring program, Building the Pipeline. Upper-level undergraduate students from under-represented minorities, as well as female-identifying and non-binary individuals, with a strong interest in graduate education in applied and/or agricultural economics are invited to apply. Applications from 1890 and 1994 land grant institutions are particularly encouraged. For additional eligibility and application information, click here.

International Section’s Best Publication Presentation on an International Topic Award

2020: "Can insurance alter poverty dynamics and reduce the cost of social protection in developing countries?" written by: Sarah A. Janzen, Michael Carter and Munenubo Ikegami

Honorable mention: "Global food waste across the income spectrum: Implications for food prices, production and resource us," written by Emiliano Lopez Berrera and Thomas Hertel

FSN and FAMPS Post-conference Workshop

We are planning a post-conference workshop on data linking. Please take this 15-minute survey to help us tailor the program specifically to the needs of its participants, and be entered to win a $50 gift card. Multiple gift cards are available.

Click here for the survey link.
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The Meatless Revolution: A Panel with Industry Experts 

When: April 28, 2021 12:00 PM Arizona

Topic: The Meatless Revolution: A Panel with Industry Experts

Description: The controversy surrounding plant-based vs. lab-grown vs. the traditional meat sector has many wondering how the food system will evolve in this new choice landscape. This symposium brings together both sides of the conversation – the alternative and the traditional meat sectors – to discuss the meatless craze that has swept the nation and the broader implications for the food system. Register here:
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NEW SPF – Uma Lele Mentor Fellowship Fund for Women

AAEA is very excited to announce the creation of the new Special Purpose Fund the Uma Lele Mentor Fellowship Fund for Women. This fellowship supports a mentorship relationship between an early career woman agricultural, resource and environmental economist from low income and lower-middle income countries, and a mentor who is a member of the AAEA. More details are available on our website. Donations to this fund are currently being matched 1:2, so donate now!

People Section

  • USDA Economic Research Service
  • University of Georgia
  • International Food Policy Research Institute
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Missouri
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Washington State University

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George W. Morse

George W. Morse ,77, of Cape Elizabeth, ME died March 28, 2021.  Born in Rumford, ME on May 5, 1943, the son of Frank and Elaine Morse. George married Elizabeth on June 5, 1965. George graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Maine, a Master’s Degree from Purdue University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Applied Economics.  George was a professor at The Ohio State University from 1977-1989 residing in Athens, Ohio and then Worthington, Ohio. In 1989, George moved to Minnesota and was a professor at the University of Minnesota until his retirement in 2007. George and Elizabeth retired to Maine on the coast which had always been their dream. In retirement, George never slowed down. He was an active member of his community. He was president of the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation in Cape Elizabeth which he was very passionate about.
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Government Relations & Washington Update

April 2021

Biden FY 2022 Budget Proposal Further Delayed

During the last week of March, officials from the Biden Administration reported that the President’s discretionary funding request for fiscal year 2022 will be “coming soon”.  It was expected that it would be released during before the end of March but has been further delayed as the Administration works to finalize the proposal.  It is expected that the Administration’s submission will only focus on discretionary funding, including proposed funding levels for federal agencies, but not be a full budget request.  The release will enable the Biden Administration to highlight its priority areas for spending as Congressional committees begin the annual appropriations process.  It is worth noting that the fiscal year 2022 process will not be subject to statutory spending caps, as has been the case in recent years.
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Call for submissions: AAEA invited paper sessions at the 2022 ASSA Annual Meeting

President-Elect Madhu Khanna is soliciting proposals and suggestions for AAEA invited paper sessions at the 2022 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, January 7-9, 2022.

The objective of AAEA sessions at the ASSA Annual Meeting is to share new knowledge of interest to economists. The AAEA encourages sessions that will draw widely from ASSA attendees, including sessions jointly sponsored with other ASSA member associations.
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AAEA Sessions at ASSA 2021 Available on YouTube

Sunday, January 3

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Agricultural Economists (A1)
Chair: Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contracting in Agriculture (A1)
Chair: Clark Lundberg, San Diego State University

Monday, January 4

Big Data and Near-Real-Time Monitoring of Food Emergencies (A1)
Chair: Rob Vos, International Food Policy Research Institute

Food Quality Inspection, Certification, and Disclosure (A1)
Chair: John Bovay, Virginia Tech

Tuesday, January 5

The Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Economies (A1)
Chair: Heather Stephens, West Virginia University

Other News

Farm Foundation Agricultural Economics Fellowship
Call for Applications

New for 2021, Farm Foundation is pleased to offer the opportunity for an outstanding early-career agricultural economist to join our team for one year as our first Agricultural Economics Fellow. Applications are due April 9, 2021 and can be submitted at the link below. Applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague or mentor.
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