Thursday, June 23, 2016

Free online course on Agriculture, Economics and Nature

The University of Western Australia is once again offering a free online course on the economics of agriculture, natural resources and the environment.

This course is about agricultural production and the interaction between agriculture and the environment. The material presented can help us understand changes that have occurred in agriculture, and support improved decision making about things like agricultural production methods, agricultural input levels, resource conservation, and the balance between agricultural production and its environmental impacts.

The course will be presented by Professor David Pannell, who is one of Australia’s leading economists working in the area of agriculture, natural resources and environment. His research includes work on the economics of farming systems, land conservation, farmers’ behaviour, agri-environmental policy, risk in agriculture, weed management, and environmental management. At the University of Western Australia David is Head of the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy.

The course will be presented over six weeks with a different focus each week. A set of lecture videos, mostly between 5 and 10 minutes in length, are provided each week, together with readings, activities, student forums, quizzes and a final exam. No prerequisites or prior knowledge is needed. Enrolment is rolling and new sessions will be starting regularly. Certificates can be purchased by those who successfully complete the course.
The course is made possible through the generous support of Yara Pilbara Fertilisers. Yara has embraced a strategy of Creating Impact to improve food security and production while safeguarding the environment.   The company believes this course represents a great example of UWA partnering with the private sector to contribute towards global education targeting improved productivity in agriculture and food resources for an increasing population. 

To register, go to If you have any questions about the course, email

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Call for Participation: 2016 FDRS Student Marketing Case Competition

The 2016 Student Marketing Case Competition will be held on October 1st and 2nd during the Annual Conference of the Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS). The Conference will be held from September 30th – October 4th at the Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

During this live case study competition, students role play as consultants and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of food distribution, marketing, management, economics and merchandising, as they compete to give a presentation for a mystery company over the two day event. Teams in the final round make their bid presentation directly to the company’s executive team. Details about the company are withheld from all teams until the morning of the contest, except for minimal topic guidance provided two weeks prior to the competition.

Teams may consist of 3-5 undergraduate and masters-level students, with undergraduate students comprising the majority. Registration fees are $350 per team, and teams need to be registered for the competition by August 31, 2016. Registration includes attendance to all FDRS case events. The top three teams will split $1000 in prize money.
Additional information is available at Please direct any inquiries about the competition to Dr. Lurleen Walters (, FDRS VP of Student Programs.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Member Profile: Joleen Hadrich

Joleen Hadrich
Associate Professor
Colorado State University

Monday, June 13, 2016

Life on the Tenure-Track: Keys to Strategic Choices Early in your Career

You are cordially invited to participate in a survey that explores differences in often loosely defined performance criteria and how agricultural and applied economists navigate the maze of the promotion/tenure process. The survey has been developed by Christiane Schroeter (Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo) and Sven Anders (U of Alberta) as part of the joint FSN/GSS track session ‘Life on the Tenure-Track: Keys to Strategic Choices Early in your Career.’ 

We greatly appreciate your help with the survey. We will present the survey results during the joint FSN/GSS track session at the AAEA meetings in Boston. We look forward to contributing to a lively debate about how to master ‘Life on the Tenure Track." Stop by on Monday, August 1 between 2:45 PM and 4:15 PM in Clarendon to attend our session on "Life on the Tenure-Track: Keys to Strategic Choices Early in your Career."

To participate please go to:
To make participation more fun, your completed surveys will be entered into a random drawing for one of two $100 Amazon gift cards. Please take the survey by June 29. Thanks for your help!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Call for Grant Applications: Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems

The Feed the Future Livestock Systems Innovation Lab (LSIL) is based at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida and it works in partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The LSIL is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a five-year Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement Award No. AID-OAA-L-15-00003.
The aim of LSIL is to improve the nutrition, health and incomes of the poor by sustainably increasing livestock productivity and marketing and consumption of animal-source foods.  This aim will be achieved using by introducing new location-appropriate technologies, by improving management practices, skills, knowledge, capacity and access to and quality of inputs across livestock value chains, and by supporting the development of a policy environment that fosters sustainable intensification and increased profitability of smallholder livestock systems.
The target countries for this RFA are Ethiopia, Nepal and Rwanda. 
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (LSIL) will draw on the expertise of target country, U.S. and foreign universities, institutes and organizations through competitively-funded long-term, multi-disciplinary, integrated applied research and capacity-building projects. The competitive subaward projects will address country-specific research and capacity building priorities that were developed in a participatory manner with key local and national stakeholders in each country.
Types of Grants
The following types of grants will be funded:
1.    Reach Grants: These are longer term large grants with a project period of up to four years starting in October 2016 and a budget of up to $1,000,000.
2.    Focus Grants: These are smaller grants for proof of concept studies or research for development bridging studies providing immediate or near-term (within one year) impact. These projects will last for 3 months to 1 year and will have budgets of up to $100,000.
Request for Applications
Please click on the following link for the RFA and supporting documents:
Important Dates
Deadline for submission of Reach grant concept notes
June 23, 2016
Deadline for submission of selected Reach grant concept notes as full proposals
August 5, 2016
Deadline for submission of Focus grant proposals
July 2, 2016
Submission Guidelines
All Concept Notes and Full Proposals must be submitted via the Piestar website at  You will need to create an account at and follow the detailed submission instructions. If you have technical difficulties with submission click on “Help.”
Contact Information
To contact LSIL, please send an email to