Monday, January 16, 2017

Members in the News: Mintert, Akridge, Paulson, and Parman

James Mintert, Purdue University

Agricultural producers' economic sentiment soars post-election
By PR Newswire - January 10, 2017
"Looking back at the data from the last several months, it's apparent that we've seen a big swing in producers' expectations about the future," said James Mintert, barometer principal investigator and director of Purdue's Center for Commercial Agriculture. "Although both the Current Conditions and Future Expectations Indices increased the last couple of months, it was the increase in the Index of Future Expectations, which jumped 51 points since October to reach an all-time high in December, that triggered the sharp rise in the barometer."
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Jay Akridge, Purdue UniversityMember in the News
Dean sees busy year for Purdue ag
By AgriNews - January 10, 2017
Jay Akridge, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, recently answered questions about what Purdue agriculture students are up to throughout the coming year, as well as some of the programs and events Purdue Extension will hold.
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Member in the NewsNicholas Paulson,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Free Financial Planning Course Offered
By Financial Advisor Magazine - January 13, 2017
“Financial Planning for Young Adults is for people [who want] to learn more about how financial planning can impact their lives in a positive way. It is also for people who are interested in the field of financial planning and maybe even thinking about becoming a CFP professional,” said Nicholas Paulson, an associate professor of agricultural economics at the university.
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Member in the NewsBryon Parman, Mississippi State University
Know cost of growing a bushel ‘to the cent’
By Delta FarmPress - January 13, 2017
“Besides producers, I work with lenders, bankers and loan officers quite a bit,” says Bryon Parman, Mississippi State University agricultural economist. “Right now, as far as we can tell, there’s no reason to believe commodity prices will be any better in the next year, or so. Miracles happen, but you can’t rely on those occurring.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 AAEA Mentorship Workshop

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This Workshop is for Early Career Professionals currently in a position in the academic or government fields.


May 31, 2017
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
June 1, 2017
7:00 am - 6:00 pm


Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
715 W. Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 476-4444


  • Registration for the Event: $85
  • Hotel Group Rate: $129
Registration has not yet opened. Please check back soon.


The Mentorship Workshop will help participants  in different aspects of their job, using experiences from those who are more seasoned in the field. Topics of interest include:
  • Teaching
  • Service: Learning when to say "NO"
  • Grant Writing and Project Management
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Research and Publishing
  • Extension and Outreach
  • Successful Communication Strategies and Working with the Media
  • Navigating Re-Appointment, Promotion and Tenure
  • Advice on Careers Outside of Academia

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Members in the News: Madhu Khanna and Maria Marshall

Madhu Khanna,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Is wood a green source of energy? Scientists are divided
By Science Magazine - January 5, 2017
"There are four or five different approaches that you can use in order to measure the greenhouse gas implications of forest biomass energy," says Madhu Khanna, an environmental economist at the University of Illinois in Champaign, and chair of the EPA expert panel. "There are huge differences in the answers you can get."

Read the entire article on the Science Magazine

Member in the NewsMaria Marshall, Purdue University
Get help running family business
By AgriNews - January 6, 2017
Purdue University agricultural economist Maria Marshall understands the significant financial and emotional investment required to run a successful family business.
“Research shows that one of the biggest reasons family businesses fail is family dynamics,” said Marshall, director of the Purdue Initiative for Family Firms. “A lot of families want to talk about these issues, but they might not know exactly how.”
A good first step, she said, is to visit the initiative’s new website.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Members in the News: Williams, Hurt, Dobbins, and Zhang

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University

Farmland Value Continues Slide
By Iowa Public Radio - December 13, 2017
Cropland in the Midwest is losing its value as the downturn in the agriculture economy continues, according to a number of surveys by agricultural economists. Record-high crop prices contributed to record-high land values in 2012 and 2013, but now, that party is over.

"Now what we have is [an] overproduction, oversupply issue," says Wendong Zhang, an Iowa State University economist.

Read the entire article on the Iowa Public Radio

Brian Williams, Mississippi State University

Agriculture value is part of Mississippi’s economy
By Mississippi Business Journal - January 4, 2017
The estimated $7.6 billion value of Mississippi agriculture increased by 1.8 percent in 2016, helping the industry retain its prominence in the state’s overall economy.

“Agriculture’s reach in the state goes well beyond just the value of the goods produced,” said Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “The ag industry helps support many of our small towns across the state, as producers purchase inputs at the local co-op, buy new vehicles at the local car dealer or hire a local accountant to help with taxes.”

“When all the extra economic impact of agriculture is taken into account, the total economic impact of agriculture to the state of Mississippi is actually much more than the $7.6 billion worth of agricultural products that are produced,” he said.

Read the entire article on the Mississippi Business Journal

Member in the NewsChris Hurt & Craig Dobbins, Purdue University

Purdue: Ind. Crops, Farmland Values Set To Decrease In 2017
By Eagle Country 99.3 fm - January 4, 2017

“In the last three years, U.S. production has outpaced usage for corn, soybeans and wheat,” says Chris Hurt, editor of the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. “Market prices in the next few years will be in the process of adjusting acreage to cause increases in corn and wheat prices, but at the expense of more soybean acres and lower bean prices.”

“The primary force behind the farmland value decline has been the decline in crop production profitability,” Dobbins said. “While there are several positive forces in the farmland market, these positive factors are overridden by low farm commodity prices and low contribution margins.”

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago: Hotel Information

AAEA invites you to take part in our 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30- August 1, 2017. Our meeting will be taking place at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile located in the heart of the Windy City. Surrounded by the best theatres, shopping, dining and entertainment around, this is an ideal location. This is an event you are not going to want to miss. Make sure to register for the event early as rates will be increasing.
AAEA Room Rates:
  • Single: $195.00
  • Double: $195.00
Guest Rooms Include:
  • Guest Room Internet at $1.00 per day
  • Access to 9,000 sq. ft. fitness center
  • Trendy Chicago hotel rooms feature clean lines with chic, comfortable bedding and furnishings
  • Spacious yet stylish hotel rooms & suites feature HD flat screen TVs and ergonomic furnishings
  • Experience spectacular downtown city and lake views from your Magnificent Mile accommodation
AAEA encourages attendees to make hotel room reservations early to avoid sold out rooms. Book your room at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile Online Reservations.

Magnificent Mile Hotel blending style and substance
Not your average Michigan Avenue hotel. Magnificent shopping. Renowned dining. Chicago's top attractions - Navy Pier, American Girl Place, Millennium Park, theaters and museums - all just a walk away from one of the leading hotels in downtown Chicago. Relax in renovated luxury Chicago hotel rooms when you’re done exploring. Explore our hotel's fitness center unlike any other in Chicago boasting over 9,000 sq. ft. of redesigned space ideal for every active lifestyle. Grab a bite at Rush Street Pantry featuring chef-crafted food focusing on fresh, gourmet options. Or, have it delivered directly to your room. At Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel, you will be traveling brilliantly. View more Chicago Attractions.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

7th Thematic Workshop of French Association of Environmental and Resources Economists (FAERE)

May 11-12th, 2017, BREST

The 7th thematic workshop of FAERE ( will be hosted by the AMURE research unit ( at the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (, Plouzané, France, on May 11-12, 2017.

The workshop will focus on the practical aspects of using market-based instruments in the implementation of environmental and resource management policies. Presentations are welcome that draw from a range of policy domains, including but not limited to greenhouse gas emissions, the protection of air quality, management of groundwater extraction, protection of water quality, regulation of access to fisheries resources, regulation of marine aquaculture, biodiversity conservation as well as the management of recreational activities. The aim of the workshop is to confront experience from different fields, favoring lessons learned from past and current developments in the implementation of market-based management regimes. Research from multiple perspectives will be accepted, including micro- and macro-economic dimensions, political economy as well as legal, political and ecological dimensions.

The program will consist of oral presentations, which will undergo a selection procedure, and invited talks (keynote speakers to be announced later).

Important dates
  • Submissions: no later than January 31, 2017
  • Acceptance: February 28, 2017
  • Registration Deadline: April 15, 2017
Papers or extended abstract to be submitted to: Unless otherwise stated, presentations will be in English.

Scientific Steering Committee
Jean Boncoeur (UBO, AMURE), Charles Figuières (AMU, GREQAM-AMSE), Olivier Guyader (Ifremer, AMURE), Julien Hay (UBO, AMURE), Linwood Pendleton (UBO AMURE & Duke University), Betty Queffelec (UBO, AMURE), François Salanié (INRA, TSE-R), Olivier Thébaud (Ifremer, AMURE), Séverine Julien (

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Member in the News: Will Masters

William A. Masters, Tufts University

The Baby Is Getting Fed — but What?
By The New York Times - December 19, 2016
Baby food is sold in every country on Earth, but in poor and middle-income countries, its quality is completely unpredictable, a new study has found.

Children would be healthier if an international agency tested brands and certified them as nutritious, the study’s authors argued.

“Some of these products are fine, but some are just awful, and there’s no way for consumers to tell the difference,” said William A. Masters, an economist with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and the study’s lead author. “A wonderful food category is languishing for lack of quality certification.”

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