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October 2015 Issue 20


AAEA Trust:

Call for Proposals:
AAEA Trust

The AAEA Trust Committee and Executive Board are seeking proposals for programs or projects that:

• Support development of graduate students and early career professionals
• Deepen participation in AAEA or reach out to new groups
• Enhance the AAEA Annual Meeting

Funds donated to the unrestricted and student and early career professional development categories of the AAEA Trust will be used to fund proposals approved by the AAEA Trust Committee and Executive Board. Proposals from AAEA Committees and Sections are encouraged. Please note that the Trust does not fund individual research projects, nor does it retroactively fund activities that have already taken place. Please contact Trust Committee Chair Barry Goodwin at if you would like to discuss your proposal ideas before submission.
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Calls for Applications:

AAEA News:

Michigan State Graduate Fellowship and Assistantships

Michigan State University invites applications for the Henry and Annabel Larzelere fellowship for graduate study in agribusiness management and marketing. The fellowship covers tuition, health insurance, and $2000 monthly stipend for the academic year. Selection will be based upon academic promise, with preference given to those intending to study cooperatives, futures markets, or poultry markets.

Graduate assistantships are available for students with interest in many fields of applied economics and management. For Fall 2016 admission, apply by December 31, 2015 to the MSU graduate program in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (

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 2016.

Please submit the names and affiliations of nominees to Nominations must be received by Thursday, October 1, 2015.

Member Profile:
Matthew Interis
Associate Professor
Mississippi State University

What motivated you to pursue Agricultural/Applied Economics as a profession?
As an undergrad, I double majored in economics and music. My first plan was to go to graduate school for music composition, but then I started finding the idea of addressing real world problems through economics more appealing. Immediately after undergrad I joined AmeriCorps where I built environmentally-friendly low-income housing. That was where I first became interested in environmental issues. When investigating graduate degrees in economics, I came across the field of environmental economics, so becoming an environmental economist felt like the natural thing to do.
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Other News:

Call for Applications:
U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program
U.S. Borlaug Graduate Research Grant

Application Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2015

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. U.S. citizenship is required, and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application. A list of previous recipients is here.
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Call for Paper Proposals:
NCCC-134 2016

The NCCC-134 Committee on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management will host its 2016 Conference April 18-19, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis – Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri.
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