Monday, March 23, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Extension Competition for Graduate Students

The AAEA Extension Competition for Graduate Students provides incentives and opportunity to develop extension and outreach programs from their research for an extension (usually non-economist) audience. Entries can be based upon the graduate student’s research for a thesis, dissertation or other academic work. The competition is sponsored jointly by the Extension and Graduate Student Sections.

Who is Eligible?

  • Graduate students currently engaged in topics related to agricultural economics, agribusiness, natural resources, and community resource economics.
  • Those who graduated from such programs in 2019 or later.
  • Participants must identify and work with a mentor with experience in outreach or extension activities.

Competition Application Information

Applications should be addressed to Kate Fuller at and must include:
1. Student’s name, university, department, address and contact information.
2. Title of the extension program to be delivered.
3. A summary of the proposed/conducted extension program. This should include target audience, delivery plans, communication methods and activities planned for distributing the information to the public such as fact sheets, press releases, reports, web sites, spreadsheets, presentations, and training activities (4 page maximum). If the applicant was part of a team, the role of the applicant within the team must be made clear.
4. A profile of the applicant’s background and research (1 page maximum).
5. The mentor’s name, address, and description of the mentor’s role in assisting the student with this project.

Submission Deadline

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than midnight MST on May 15, 2020.

Finalists at AAEA

Finalists will be selected to make a 15-minute extension/outreach presentation at the AAEA meeting in Kansas City, MO on Sunday July 26, 2020, to a panel of judges, who will then ask 5 minutes of questions. The competition will begin at 8 am. Selection of the finalists will be based on the material submitted and the criteria listed below. Finalists will be notified by June 1, 2020. The top three finalists are expected to make presentations during an AAEA Extension track organized symposium.

Criteria for Selecting Finalists

Criteria for judging finalists and winners will include:
1. Identification of a target audience.
        a. An explanation of the issue/problem/opportunity being addressed.
        b. An explanation on how this target audience was identified.
2. Development of an extension program for the target audience that includes:
        a. An outline of the goals of the extension program, and a description of how the results will address the issue/problem/opportunity and benefit the target audience.
        b. A summary and explanation of the main elements of the research results to be included in the extension program.
        c. A summary or explanation of the program in an extension report, or extension presentation, or other appropriate extension communication media.
3. An explanation of extension team development and responsibilities in terms of program development and delivery should be addressed, if appropriate.
4. Plans for evaluating the effectiveness of the extension program.


Cash awards will be given to those judged to be the top three graduate students in this competition. Award funding is provided by the AAEA Extension Section through membership dues and via support provided by sponsors. Awards are:
  • First Place: $1,000 and a plaque
  • Second Place: $300 and a certificate
  • Third Place: $200 and a certificate
Other finalists receive finalist certificates.

The top 3 competitors selected will be recognized at the AAEA Awards ceremony. All finalists will be provided tickets to the Extension Luncheon during the AAEA annual meetings.

Submit Entries to:
Dr. Kate Fuller
Competition Committee Chair
Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics
Montana State University

Members in the News: Lusk, Griffin, Gollin, Zhang, Xiong, McFadden, Rousu, and Mitchell

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Terry Griffin, Kansas State University
Data Security: Be Ready to Answer These Three Questions
By: Farm Journal's AgPro - March 17, 2020
Terry Griffin with Kansas State University has worked to study the value of farm data as well as the challenges in sharing those data. 
Read more on: Farm Journal's AgPro

Douglas Gollin, University of Oxford
Farm Hands on the Potomac: Barsa to lead USAID
By: Agri-Pulse - March 18, 2020
SoAR also appointed Barbara Schaal, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at the Washington University in St. Louis, and Douglas Gollin, professor of development economics at the University of Oxford, to its board of directors.
Read more on: Agri-Pulse

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Tao Xiong, Huazhong Agricultural University
The coronavirus will delay agricultural export surges promised in trade deal with China
By: The Conversation, Alternet, & SFGate - March 13, 2020
The novel coronavirus has shocked the world’s economies.
The virus has spread to more than 100 countries and many U.S. states. This has rattled global stock markets, plunging the Dow more than 2,000 points on March 9 – the biggest one-day drop since the 2008 Great Recession.
Read more on: The Conversation, Alternet, & SFGate

Brandon McFadden, University of Delaware
Coronavirus in Florida: Toilet paper — the plywood of the pandemic
By: TCPalm - March 18, 2020
“We have got a lot of sort of stabbing in the dark going on in hopes that something slows the virus down. That can heighten fears and get those risk perceptions out of whack and feed into the herd mentality,” said Brandon Mcfadden, an assistant professor of applied economics and statistics at the University of Delaware.
Read more on: TCPalm

Matthew C. Rousu, Susquehanna University
COVID-19 shows the value of capitalism and markets
By: The Daily Item - March 15, 2020
In the midst of the chaos being caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I think it is worth taking a step back to think about the role of markets and capitalism.
In particular, two key lessons from this are about shortages and the impact of markets. The shortages we face should make us thankful we are not in a communist or socialist society.
Read more on: The Daily Item

Paul Mitchell, University of Wisconsin

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Monday, March 16, 2020

International Food Marketing Research Symposium

Has been canceled due to the Coronavirus events


San Antonio, Texas, USA
June 17-18 2020

We are now accepting submissions for the International Food Marketing Research Symposium to be held on June 17-18, 2020 with Texas A&M University, in San Antonio, TX, USA.

In the months to come, details will follow regarding programs, accommodations, and local food related activities and events.
After a successful 2019 conference co-hosted with the University of the Sunshine Coast, AU, we expect a large international group to join us again at the 2020 conference co-hosted by the Agribusiness, Food, & Consumer Economics Research Center at Texas A&M University.

There will be a welcome reception on Tuesday June 16th and two full days of conference programming on Wednesday and Thursday, June 17th & 18th.  

We again will host a special session for  PhD students to present and discuss their work with senior faculty and peers.

You may send abstracts and papers for peer review and register online at The submission deadline is April 15, 2020.

The 2020 proceedings will contain only extended abstracts (5 pages). Only extended abstracts will be considered for best paper awards.

Conference Co-chairs
Mark Lang,
Department of Marketing, The University of Tampa, USA

Gary W. Williams,
Agribusiness, Food, & Consumer Economics Research Center
,Texas A&M University

Partnering Journals
The Conference is partnering with the Journal of Food Products Marketing, the Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing, and Economia Agro-Alimentare / Food Economy.

A selection of the best articles will be considered for publication in the journals.

Conference Information
The Institute of Food Products Marketing hosts this two day research symposium as a forum for discussion and communication of food marketing research. This is a peer reviewed academic conference for food marketing articles and student papers. The session topics have included:
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Retailing / Merchandising / Private Label
  • Product Development / Innovation
  • Advertising / Promotion
  • Pricing
  • Technology / ECommerce
  • Agribusiness & Marketing
  • Health / Nutrition / Organic
  • Channels / Supply Chain
  • Global Issues / Perspective
  • Sustainability / Ethics
Abstracts of accepted presentations will be published in a Conference Proceedings.

We encourage graduate students to submit their work. There will be certificates awarded for the best student and overall papers.

The conference fee includes conference materials, a welcome reception, lunch and coffee breaks each day, and a closing dinner at a nearby location.

Information about travel, hotels, restaurants, and tourist activities will be available at in February, 2020.

You can e-mail questions to

The International Food Marketing Research Symposium is hosted by the Institute of
Food Products Marketing in various locations around the world to provide a
dedicated, regular forum where academic food marketers can meet to present their
research in various stages of development to advance the academic discipline of food
marketing. The research symposium welcomes multidisciplinary research from
quantitative and qualitative methodologies, marketing and management perspectives,
and the study of the entire food marketing process. (
The Agribusiness, Food and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC) in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University provides market analyses, strategic planning, and forecasts relating to U.S. and global agricultural, agribusiness, and food industries. AFCERC research endeavors, outreach programs, and industry collaboration support strategic decision-making at all levels of the supply chain from producers to processors, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. With an emphasis on consumer economics and the behavioral and social aspects of health, nutrition, and food safety, AFCERC has become a leading source of knowledge on how food reaches consumers efficiently and contributes to safe, healthy lives.