Thursday, February 25, 2021

Call for Papers - Risks in Agricultural Supply Chains

Virtual Conference May 20-21, 2021

Falling transportation costs and increased trade integration have led to a lengthening and geographic spread of agricultural supply chains.  Farmers have also become increasingly reliant on specialized inputs in production, such as technologically advanced seeds. These developments have increased productivity in the agricultural sector, while also potentially raising both the risk of supply-chain disruptions and the cost of such disruptions.  Network models and other economic tools can help to identify the sources of risk in the food supply chain and can provide input for designing policies to reduce risks and ameliorate their consequences.

To promote research on economic issues that involve agricultural supply chains, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), with the support of the Economic Research Service at USDA, is launching a research project on “Risks in Agricultural Supply Chains.”  It will be co-directed by Pol Antràs (Harvard and NBER) and David Zilberman (University of California, Berkeley). The project will include a virtual research conference on May 20-21, 2021. The meeting will bring together researchers in various subfields of economics, including agricultural economics, development economics, industrial organization, international trade, and organizational economics, to study issues of current importance and to frame the future research agenda on supply chain risk. In addition to research presentations, the conference will include a panel discussion by industry and government experts on public policy and food supply chain risks.

Research on a wide range of issues relating to risk in agricultural supply chains is welcome. Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Measuring supply chains in the agricultural sector and assessing the economic factors that have contributed to changes in their length over time.
  • Developing metrics for evaluating risk and resilience in the food supply chain.
  • Assessing the role of weather, pandemics, and other natural disasters that might limit crop or livestock production.
  • Studying the role of shipping disruptions, which can arise from political factors such as border closings as well as from natural factors such as earthquakes or hurricanes, in contributing to supply chain risk.
  • Calibrating the risk and consequences of inadvertent or deliberate contamination of various agricultural products.
  • Evaluating the near-term and long-term risks to agricultural supply chains from climate change.
  • Describing the interaction between innovation in the agricultural sector and supply-chain risk.
  • Outlining the impacts of public policies, including agricultural policies, trade policies, and environmental policies, on the nature of agricultural supply chains and their risk of disruption.
  • Exploring the nature of supply-chain risks in specific agri-food sectors, such as livestock, organic food, and wine.

The co-organizers welcome the submission of both theoretical and empirical research papers on these and other related topics. Submissions from scholars who are early in their careers, with and without NBER affiliations, and who are members of groups that have been under-represented in economics historically are especially welcome.

To be considered for inclusion on the program, papers must be uploaded by midnight (EST) on Thursday, March 11, 2021 to:

Authors chosen to present papers at the conference will be notified in late March, 2021.

Please do not submit papers that will be published by May 2021. Papers that are presented at the conference will be eligible for distribution in the NBER working paper series. In addition, all papers presented at the conference will be eligible for inclusion in a conference proceedings volume that will be published by the University of Chicago Press. Authors will receive a modest honorarium for their participation in the project, along with support in working with staff members at the Economic Research Service to identify data sets and other inputs to the research process that may be support their analysis. All co-authors will be invited to participate in the conference, which will be live-streamed to expand dissemination of the research findings.

Questions about this conference may be addressed to

Webinar: The Implications of The Proposed Changes To SNAP

When: Friday, February 26th, 11 am EST


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a crucial element of the health and welfare safety net in the United States. The purpose of SNAP is to provide low-income eligible households enough money to reach the cost of a nutritious diet.

The current SNAP is undergoing changes that include a 20.3% increase in total monthly SNAP benefits and President Biden's interest in reassessing the Thrifty Food Plan's (TFP) method of determining SNAP benefits. Thus, C-FARE felt it is time to follow up on a topic we discussed in August 2020.

Therefore, C-FARE decided to host a follow-up event to our August webinar and invite a panel of scholars to present on SNAP and TFP on Friday, February 26th at 11 am EST.

Our panel of speakers consists of three experts who have studied SNAP and other food policy effects and will be moderated by Sean Cash, C-FARE's Board member, and the Bergstrom Foundation Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

  • Shewana McSwain serves The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as the Expanded Food and Nutrition (EFNEP) Outreach coordinator.
  • Parke Wilde is a Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. 
  • George Davis is a Professor at Virginia Tech in the Departments of Ag. & Applied Economics and Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

31st International Conference of Agricultural Economists


The IAAE Board of Directors wishes to announce that the 31st ICAE Conference, initially scheduled for New Delhi in August 2021, will now be a Virtual Event, tentatively from August 17-31. This extended period is to accommodate our participants form diverse time zones.

Online conferences have their challenges, but we hope the new software solution we have identified will allow us to try a range of new and exciting options that will enhance the benefits to our members.

Contributed Papers and Organized Symposium submissions: The deadline for submission of papers and symposia has been extended to Tuesday March 30, 2021 to allow more time for submissions. All proposals already submitted for review remain eligible for selection. To that effect, we are extending the opportunity to those who may wish to update and/or revise their submissions until the above deadline.

While we are still finalizing the registration fee, the good news is that the fee will be substantially lower than usual. We are also still exploring fundraising opportunities to help sponsor participation by early-career academics and professionals, especially those from low- and lower-middle-income countries.

Further announcements on the conference format will follow soon.

For more information and updates about this announcement and subsequent announcements, contact Jeffers Miruka: Director of Communications, at Also check frequently on our website, and follow us on our social media platforms below for continued updates.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Members in the News: Kolodinsky, Bellemare, Barrett, Lusk, Gammans, Zilberman, Sellars, Li, Mintert, Massey, Byrne, & Just

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

Tough Choices: Falling Enrollment, COVID Pressure College Cities And Towns

By: Forbes - February 16, 2021

What’s next for the cities and towns facing the loss of an economic anchor? Fallout from the pandemic “is going to put the nail in the coffin for many more of these small institutions as enrollment declines,” says Jane Kolodinsky, chairperson of the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont in Burlington. 

Read more on: Forbes

Marc Bellemare, University of Minnesota
Christopher Barrett, Cornell University

High food prices are part of a ‘one-two punch’ for struggling Americans

By: Yahoo Money - February 16, 2021

“This one-two punch is occurring,” Marc Bellemare, professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, told Yahoo Money, “where a lot of people are losing their main source of livelihood and then, at the same time, food is getting more expensive.”

Many of the households struggling with food insecurity used to have stable finances, Chris Barrett, a Cornell University economist, explained to Yahoo Money. Income losses brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak — rather than the climbing cost of food — is squarely to blame.

Read more on: Yahoo Money

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

  • Tracking the food supply
    By: Farm Progress - February 16, 2021
  • Purdue-Developed Dashboards will Offer Timely Food Supply Info During Crises
    By: WBIW - February 11, 2021

Matthew Gammans, Michigan State University

Michigan checkoff programs offer grain marketing workshop series

By: Michigan Farmer - February 11, 2021

“This workshop will provide a brief overview of the pricing tools available to producers, including cash sales, forward contracts, hedging, options and minimum price contracts,” Gammans says. “The goal is that attendees will understand the basics of how these tools work and have more confidence when considering expanding the set of pricing tools they use.”

Read more on: Michigan Farmer

David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley

Seeking a Better Burger Through Technology

By: Food & Wine - February 16, 2021

Dr. David Zilberman is a professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at UC Berkeley. "I'm a big believer in GMO, in the same way that I'm really concerned with climate change. I think this is the biggest challenge of humanity," he tells me over the phone. "Look at the pandemic; the vaccine is GMO. Without GMO we wouldn't have the vaccine. The same way that we use cell phones and we don't use pigeons anymore, we all need this new technology."

Read more on: Food & Wine

Sarah Sellars, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer in the U.S.

By: February 18, 2021

We provide background on nitrogen fertilizer production in the United States, thereby aiding in understanding conservation concerns with nitrogen production. Nitrogen is the most abundant gas in the atmosphere and makes up approximately 78% of the atmosphere. 

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Mengyao Li, University of Georgia

Is poor air quality affecting your child’s confidence?

By: The Georgia Sun - February 12, 2021

“As air pollution increased, data showed there was also a higher amount of psychological stress and a reduction of self-esteem and self-satisfaction, ultimately lowering confidence in the future,” said Mengyao Li, who recently earned her doctorate in agricultural and applied economics from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 

Read more on: The Georgia Sun

James Mintert, Purdue University

Corn Exports Up Significantly From Last Year

By: Hoosier Ag Today - February 16, 2021

“Exports to China alone account for almost 70 percent of the increase, so that’s an interesting move and a big change there,” says Dr. Jim Mintert, Ag Econ Professor and Director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture. “If you look at the prior years, historically, China has essentially purchased zero corn from the U.S. in prior years, so this is a big switch. And it really makes the export forecasting business somewhat challenging.”

Read more on: Hoosier Ag Today

Raymond Massey, University of Missouri

Missouri land values continue to grow

By: Herald-Whig - February 13, 2021

Buyers of farmland near metropolitan areas said broadband internet expansion made the properties more attractive. COVID-19 also nudged some city dwellers to buy property in rural areas to build a house, but Massey said that likely is a short-term phenomenon.

Read more on: Herald-Whig

Anne Byrne, Cornell University
David Just, Cornell University

An Examination of Monthly Food Pantry Cycles in the Context of SNAP Benefits

By: Sweetwater Reporter, AM News, The Inyo Register, The Buffalo News, Daily Times Leader, The Punxsutawney Spirit, The Post & Mail, Wapak Daily News, AZ Central, Starkville Daily News, The Ridgway Record, The Kane Republican, The Observer News Enterprise, NewsOK, Borger News-Herald, Mammoth Times, My Mother Lode, The Antlers American, The Saline Courier, Decatur Daily Democrat, The Pilot News, News Blaze, & One News Page - February 11, 2021

In the new article, "The Other Half: An Examination of Monthly Food Pantry Cycles in the Context of SNAP Benefits," Anne Byrne and David Just from Cornell University find out if the food pantry visitation cycle over the course of a month and how it might interact with the SNAP cycle.

Read more on: Sweetwater ReporterAMNews, The Inyo Register, The Buffalo News, Daily Times Leader, The Punxsutawney Spirit, The Post & Mail, Wapak Daily News, AZ Central, Starkville DailyNews, The Ridgway Record, The Kane Republican, The Observer News Enterprise, NewsOK, Borger News-Herald, Mammoth Times, My Mother Lode, The Antlers American, TheSaline Courier, Decatur Daily Democrat, The Pilot News, News Blaze, & One News Page

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Members in the News: Gundersen, Glauber, Belasco, Smith, Schulz, Kolodinsky, Thatcher, Sheldon, Goodrich, Coble, Maples, Greenwalt, et al.

 Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Biden administration can eliminate food insecurity in the United States - here's how

By: The Conversation, Philippine Canadian Inquirer, Ecointersect, & Salon - February 2, 2021

The Biden administration faces many challenges, some of which may prove to be intractable. But in one key area affecting tens of millions of Americans, it is well-positioned to attain a truly monumental achievement – the near total elimination of food insecurity in the U.S.

Read more on: The ConversationPhilippine Canadian InquirerEcointersect, & Salon

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI
Eric Belasco, Montana State University
Vincent Smith, Montana State University

As Ag Embraces Climate Mitigation, Trade May Benefit - Researchers

By: Successful Farming - February 3, 2021

The Biden administration’s plan to enlist American agriculture in mitigating climate change through cover crops and carbon trading could pay dividends in another field entirely — negotiations for freer agriculture trade, said an American Enterprise Institute paper on Tuesday.

Read more on: Successful Farming

Lee Schulz, Iowa State University

2021 is an Economic Game Changer for Farmers

By: Successful Farming February 19, 2021

With corn prices at an eight-year high, Iowa State University ag economist Lee Schulz is dusting off his records from the 2012-13 drought years to see the impact of higher prices on livestock production. “We are already at large production levels, which are pressuring prices, and now we have the added factor, the wild card, of higher feed costs,” he says.

Read more on: Successful Farming

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

  • Food Industry Hustles to Put Early Stamp on Biden’s Trade Policy
    By: Bloomberg Government - January 27, 2021
  • China Gets to Two-Thirds of 'Phase One'
    By: Successful Farming - January 22, 2021
  • Trump's massive farmer bailout failed to make up for the 'self-inflicted' trade damage
    By: Yahoo Finance - January 18, 2021

Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont

America’s biggest retailers and foodservice companies have already agreed not to sell GMO salmon

By: The Counter - February 11, 2021

Some of the companies that have pledged not to sell GE salmon already sell foods made with genetically modified ingredients, like corn and soy derivatives. But Jane Kolodinsky, a University of Vermont economist who studies consumer perceptions of GMOs, said those retailers likely feel this product is different, for a few key reasons.

Read more on: The Counter

Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta
Ian Sheldon, The Ohio State University

China phase one deal under review

By: Farms Progress - February 3, 2021

Mary Kay Thatcher, Syngenta senior lead of federal government relations, says although China fell short of reaching its promised levels, it was still the highest level seen for ag exports for the marketing year. “We have a lot of work to do,” Thatcher says of getting China to purchase the additional amounts in 2021 to make up the shortfall.

Ian Sheldon, Ohio State University trade policy economist, says China is now involved in setting the rules of trade and the U.S. is not in the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with 14 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Sheldon says he believes the U.S. needs to revisit rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the predecessor for the TPP that Trump withdraw from in his first days of office.

Read more on: Farms Progress

Brittney Goodrich, University of California, Davis

Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech University
William Ridley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Texas studies COVID-19 impact on fruit and vegetable production

By: Fruit Growers News February 4, 2021

In a new report from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association titled “The Effects of COVID-19 on Fruit and Vegetable Production,” Stephen Devadoss, the Emabeth Thompson Endowed Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech, and William Ridley from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explored COVID-19’s effects on fruit and vegetable production in light of the ongoing and widespread proliferation of the pandemic in the farm labor force.

Read more on: Fruit Growers News

Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carl Zulauf, The Ohio State University

Higher 2021 Crop Insurance Premiums and 2021 Decisions

By: - February 10, 2021

Crop insurance premiums for all products will likely be much higher in 2021 than in 2020 because projected prices and volatilities will be higher in 2021 compared to 2020. These higher premiums could impact crop insurance decisions, particularly at higher coverage levels. The 2021 premiums for 85% Revenue Projection (RP) could double compared to the 2020 premiums. Guarantees will be higher in 2021 compared to 2020.

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Scott Irwin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What Is Up with USDA Revisions to Quarterly Stock Estimates for Corn?

By: - February 11, 2021

It is not unusual for revisions to USDA crop and livestock estimates to be newsworthy.  A good example occurred in January, when the USDA lowered its estimate of the U.S. average corn yield by 3.8 bushels to 172 bushels per acre.  While this was a large downward revision from a historical standpoint, it was not without precedent.

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Johan Swinnen, IFPRI

Chinese scholars elected as global co-chairs of G20 Policy Advisory Group 

By: Sohu - January 30, 2021

Also present at the T20 presidium kick-off meeting were Enrico Giovannini, Professor of Economic Statistics and Sustainable Development at the University of Rome, Italy, John Kirton, Director of the G7 and G20 Research Groups and Global Health at the University of Toronto, Noura Mansouri, a KAPSARC researcher in Saudi Arabia, and ERIA Energy and Jun Arima, Senior Policy Researcher at the Environmental Research Institute, Johan Swinnen, Director General of IFPRI, United States, Camilla Baush, Director of the German Ecological Research Institute, Luca Franza, Head of Energy, Climate and Resources at IAI, Italy, Luiz de Mello, Director of Economic Policy Research, OECD, and Alexander, Chairman of IMEMO, Russia Dynkin. In the coming year, T20 will also frequently hold relevant policy coordination meetings from time to time.

Read more on: Sohu

James Mintert, Purdue University

Ag Barometer Drifts Lower, Farmers Remain Concerned About The Future Despite Strong Economic Conditions

By: Agenparl - February 2, 2021

“The ongoing strength in the Current Conditions Index appears to be driven by the ongoing rally in crop prices, while the deterioration in the Futures Expectations Index seems to be motivated by longer-run concerns about policies that could impact U.S. agriculture in the future,” said James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Read more on: Agenparl

Keith Coble, Mississippi State University
Josh Maples, Mississippi State University

Mississippi agriculture sees increased dollars

By: Dontotor Progress - February 3, 2021

“We did some mid-year analysis on June 1, and the economic picture for farm products looked pretty bleak,” said Keith Coble, head of the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics. “We went through unprecedented losses early to midyear, but markets generally improved in the latter portion of the year.”

“Eggs faced significant production challenges during the COVID-19 shutdowns while also experiencing a sharp demand increase due to grocery store demand,” said MSU Agricultural Economist Josh Maples. “Sharply higher prices were the result of supply challenges at the same time as a demand increase.” Mississippi farmers produced a whopping 1,392 million eggs last year, according to the MDAC.

Read more on: Dontotor Progress

Bert Greenwalt, Arkansas State University

A-State's 27th annual Agribusiness Conference to proceed virtually Feb. 10

By: Stuttgart Daily Leader - February 5, 2021

“The A-State Agribusiness conference began in 1995 with the mission of bringing current information on the economy and agribusiness to our region of Northeast Arkansas. This year, we continue that with presentations on the economic outlook as well as the impact of the 2020 election on agricultural and trade policy,” Dr. Greenwalt said.

Read more on: Stuttgart Daily Leader

Amanda Smith, University of Georgia
Yangxuan Liu, University of Georgia

CAES: Row crop forecast presents mixed bag

By: Georgia Farm Bureau - February 3, 2021

UGA Public Service Associate Amanda R. Smith gave an outlook for the 2021 peanut, corn and soybean crops during the annual UGA Georgia Ag Forecast. Smith said farmers can expect to see increases in the cost of land rent, machinery/equipment and labor. 

Dr. Yangxuan “Serinna” Liu presented the outlook for the 2021 cotton crop during the Georgia Ag Forecast. Her key take-aways were: 1) Cotton prices could range from 70-85 cents/lb. throughout the year but expect 75 cents for planning purposes; 2) Global economic recovery indicates recovery for cotton demand; 3) High uncertainty is expected for cotton acreage in the U.S. & Georgia this crop year.

Read more on: Georgia Farm Bureau

Yangxuan Liu, University of Georgia

2020 Georgia Quality Cotton Award Winners Announced

By: Georgia Cotton Commission February 2021

The 2020 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were presented at the 2021 Georgia Cotton Commission Virtual Annual Meeting on January 27, 2021. The awards are co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Bayer Crop Science/Deltapine and administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team. Dr. Yangxuan Liu from the UGA Cotton Team conducted the analysis and presented the 2020 Georgia Quality Cotton awards at the annual meeting.

Read more on: Georgia Cotton Commission

Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin

  • 10 years later: Wisconsin's Act 10 has produced labor savings, but at a cost
    By: Wisconsin State Journal - February 7, 2021
  • Why abolishing the state mask mandate could be bad for business
    By: Wisconsin Examiner - February 1, 2021
  • State of rural economy explored at virtual summit
    By: The Country Today - February 1, 2021

Benjamin Schwab, Kansas State University

Gov. Kelly needs to get medical marijuana right in Kansas. Don’t make Ohio’s mistake

By: The Kansas City Star - February 11, 2021

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly recently announced her newest strategy to pass Medicaid expansion: legalizing medical marijuana. Since Republicans have objected to the cost of expansion, she plans to offset those costs with medicinal marijuana tax revenues. 

Read more on: The Kansas City Star

Raymond Massey, University of Missouri

Missouri land values continue to grow

By: High Plains Journal - February 2, 2021

No governmental or public agencies in Missouri require the reporting of land values, said Massey. Despite the limited number of respondents, the survey gives the best available estimates for tracts larger than 40 acres in Missouri.

Read more on: High Plains Journal

Amy Hagerman, Oklahoma State University
Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma ag industry watching D.C. for changes

By: The Shawnee News-Star - February 5, 2021

Amy Hagerman, OSU Extension agricultural and food policy specialist, agreed that resolving retaliatory tariffs and implementing a new trade agreement with China will be a top priority.

Given Biden’s campaign commitments to green energy and to address climate change, said Courtney Bir, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, it’s reasonable to expect more emphasis on biofuels, which will have implications for corn growers in states north of Oklahoma. 

Read more on: The Shawnee News-Star

Jim Jansen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ag land management webinar to explore cash rental rates, new property tax credit

By: The North Platte Telegraph - February 6, 2021

“Land is one of Nebraska’s most critical assets,” said Jansen. “This webinar series will help those with a vested interest in land to better understand the financial and human forces reshaping the rural agricultural landscape.”

Read more on: The North Platte Telegraph

Craig Landry, University of Missouri
John Bergstrom, University of Georgia
Dylan Turner, University of Georgia

COVID-19 Pandemic Effects on National Parks and Recreation

By: The Antlers American, Times Union, Chron, The Inyo Register, The Evening Leader, WBOC, The Valley City Times Record, Mammoth Times, AM News, My Mother Lode, The Post and Mail, The Saline Courier, Decatur Daily Democrat, Starkville Daily News, Ridgeway Record, The Kane Republican, The Observer News Enterprise, NewsOK, The Pilot News, The Community Post, & Daily Times Leader - February 10, 2021

In the recent article "How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Outdoor Recreation in the U.S.? A Revealed Preference Approach", Craig Landry, John Bergstrom, John Salazar, and Dylan Turner from the University of Georgia, seek to understand how the pandemic affected the quantity and value of trips to the public outdoor recreation areas in the United States.

Read more on: The Antlers AmericanTimes Union, Chron, The Inyo Register, The Evening Leader, WBOC, The Valley City Times Record, Mammoth Times, AM News, My Mother Lode, ThePost and Mail, The Saline Courier, Decatur Daily Democrat, Starkville Daily News, Ridgeway Record, The Kane Republican, The Observer News Enterprise, NewsOK, The Pilot News, The Community Post, & Daily Times Leader

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

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

 AAEA Post-Conference Workshop, August 4, 2021

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. 

The 2018 Farm Bill will expire in 2023, and typically ideas for a new farm bill begin to percolate a couple of years in advance.  This post-conference workshop is intended to focus our profession on relevant topics so that our work will be useful to the debate that is likely to get underway later this year.

The workshop aims to engage AAEA members with policy professionals in a format organized around key program areas covered by the Farm Bill and will join analytical paper presentations by AAEA members with discussants experienced in policy analysis and farm programs.  Our goal is to bring together knowledge and experience of the policy process with new approaches and ideas, across a wide spectrum of experience with policymaking. 

We are looking for papers that are forward-looking and that engage in innovative ways with long-term  and emerging policy issues that have surfaced over the last few years.  While papers should be based on rigorous analysis, they should be accessible to a lay audience and should consider the practicalities of implementation as much as possible.

All papers will be made available on a shared access website, and a selection committee will choose up to three papers per session for presentation during the workshop.  Selected papers will be posted on the Extension Section website for broad access and distribution. Papers presented at the post-conference will be eligible for publication in Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy (AEPP), subject to review. Authors will need to submit their manuscripts for consideration after the conclusion of the meetings. 

All policy areas generally included in the Farm Bill may be considered as presentation topics—the final workshop session organization will be determined based on available papers. Example topic areas may include: commodity programs/crop insurance, conservation programs, other farm and production related topics, nutrition and food systems, research and extension, and rural development.

Proposals should include title, one-page proposal, and affiliation and contact details of authors.

Proposals are due March 15 and should be sent to Anne Effland ( and Josh Maples (

Deadline for final papers will be June 15. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

(WEBINAR) Listening to the Diverse Voices of AAEA

The AAEA Mentoring Committee will be hosting the second session of Listening to the Diverse Voices of AAEA webinar. We will have 4 new panelists joining us to tell their stories highlighting significant moments throughout their education and professional journey. We highly encourage individuals interested in being mentored to join us for a chance to connect with potential mentors and understand the importance of being prepared for opportunities and seizing opportunities to learn.

When: Friday, February 26, 3:30 - 5:00 pm (Central Time)
Format: Zoom
Agenda: Each panelist will be given approximately 8 minutes to share their story with additional time for Q&A
Facilitator: Kathleen Liang, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
  • Rodolfo Nayga, University of Arkansas
  • Kimberly Rollins, University of Connecticut
  • Shadi Atallah, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

To register for this webinar:

Note that space is limited. If at anytime you find out that you can longer attend the webinar, please email us at to cancel so we may better accommodate to those who’s registration is pending. Any pending registrants will be reviewed during the time of the webinar in the event there is room. We hope to see you there!
The AAEA Mentoring Committee