Monday, August 22, 2016

Members in the News: University of Kentucky Bowl Team

UK Agricultural Economics Academic Bowl team captures national championship

August 16, 2016
For the first time since 1997, the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team brought home the national championship.

The double elimination tournament was held at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s annual meeting in Boston from July 31-Aug. 2 and featured 34 teams from 18 universities.

The members of this year’s championship team are Erica Rogers, Daniella Straathof and April Winebarger. Will Fox, Megan Harper and Rachel Hart comprised the other team from the UK College of Agricultural, Food and Environment.

The team’s undefeated first-place achievement follows last year’s runner-up performance at the event and several years of constant improvement under the guidance of agricultural economics professor Wuyang Hu and coach Jerrod Penn, a doctoral student.
Wuyang Hu, April Winebarger, Daniella Straathof, Erica Rogers,
Jerrod Penn (Photo form UK Agricultural Economics)

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Member in the News: Thomas Jayne

Africa’s real land grab

Never mind foreign interlopers. African urbanites are scooping up more land

Posted: July 23, 2016
AFTER half an hour poking around Martin Shem’s farm, Paul Kavishe is impressed, even a little jealous. “He has done well,” says Mr Kavishe. “He’s a real farmer!” This is strange praise, not because Mr Shem’s dairy, maize and mango-growing operation on the outskirts of Morogoro is not admirable, but because both men have had university careers. For middle-class Tanzanians, though, a successful farmer trumps a successful academic.

“Every Tanzanian is a farmer,” explains Ali Aboud, another professor who has moved into agriculture. He cultivates about 20 hectares of rice paddy; in the past three years a businessman from Dar es Salaam and another city-dweller have bought big farms near his fields. These men are part of a quiet, hard-to-track but momentous change in Africa, which has profound consequences for the continent’s most important industry.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Photos: 2016 AAEA Awards & Fellows Recognition Ceremony

View the photos and list of this year's winners on the AAEA Website:

Webinar: Farm Income and Financial Forecasts, August 2016 Update

ERS releases farm income statement and balance sheet estimates and forecasts three times a year, including February, August and November. These core statistical indicators provide guidance to policy makers, lenders, commodity organizations, farmers, and others interested in the financial status of the farm economy. ERS's farm income statistics also inform the computation of agriculture's contribution to the gross domestic product of the U.S. economy. During this webinar, we will provide the August forecast for 2016 as well as first estimates for 2015.

Tue, Aug 30, 2016
01:00 PM EDT
1 hour
James Williamson

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Announcing the Mentorship Portal: Resources and Discussion Board

The Mentorship Committee is pleased to formally present the Mentorship Portal, launched at the 2016 AAEA Annual Meeting in Boston, during the Early Career Professional Networking Reception. The Mentorship Portal offers current AAEA Members access to Podcasts, Presentations, Articles, and even Handouts, covering a wide range of relevant topics. Check out the Mentorship Resources page within the portal to see items developed throughout the years. The Mentorship Discussion Board is an open forum for all AAEA members to ask questions about challenges they are encountering. This is a great resource for Graduate Students and Early Career Professional to seek insight from other AAEA members. Please view the Usage Policy here.

If you have or know of any resources that would fit well on the Mentorship Resources page, please send them to Allison Scheetz (