November 2015 Issue 23
Call for Pre/Post-conference Workshop Proposals
The AAEA Executive Board invites proposals for Pre- and Post-conference Workshops at the 2016 AAEA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, December 3, 2015. Selections will be finalized at the AAEA Executive Board meeting in early January and organizers will be notified soon thereafter by the AAEA President.
Call for Invited Paper Session Proposals
Call for Case Study Invited Paper Session Proposals
Call for Track Sessions
Call for FAMPS Track Session Proposals
Renew your AAEA Membership for 2016
The benefits of your AAEA membership only last through the spring of 2016, so be sure to renew soon to ensure that you keep receiving services from AAEA throughout the upcoming year.
AAEA Proudly Presents Four New Sections:
Call for Papers:
More than 200 staffers attended the NC-FAR lunch and learns featuring agricultural and applied economics! Please see the presentations here: Just Presentation, Glauber Presentation, Wang Presentation.
The Role of U.S. Agriculture in Chinese Markets: Factors affecting Chinese food and agricultural trade
China is the largest food and agricultural export market for the United States, receiving about $30 billion, or 20% of total agricultural export value, in 2014 (including Hong Kong). The Chinese importing market is broad, extending from bio- and ag-inputs such as seeds, farm chemicals, animal genes, and veterinary supplies, all the way to ready-to-eat or drink products in the retail or food service sectors. The major imports are commodities such as soybeans, distiller's dried grains with solubles, hides and skins, tree nuts, coarse grains, cotton and beef. As the Chinese population, income, and urbanization continue to grow against its natural resource constraints, the demand in agricultural products from the global market is also expected to increase. However, this market is rather complicated and includes non-tariff trade barriers, strong domestic production support, consumer food safety fears, and the public concerns about biotechnology. Amid these complexities, speakers will address the Chinese food market with an emphasis from the U.S. trade perspective. Information, knowledge, and outlook for stakeholders to envision the roles each can play in the world market will be discussed.
Choices: Increasing Nutrition among Low Income and Food Insecure Individuals
Stronger measures are being suggested, and in some cases taken, in an effort to curb the costs of childhood and adult obesity. Economic research has shown that these measures can sometimes have counterintuitive impacts on populations that are food insecure. Recent evidence suggests that low-income populations are subject to greater stress and distraction, potentially leading to poor nutritional decisions. However, cognitive stress can also cause individuals to be more receptive to indirect suggestions about nutritionally beneficial food choices. Research from food insecure populations served at food pantries shows evidence of healthy eating behaviors in the presence of interventions including positive reinforcement of nutritional food choices. These results show promise for implementation of the framework behind the 'Smarter Lunchrooms' research in a variety of food decision contexts. See: Smarter Lunchrooms: Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Meal Selection.