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Tackling the Challenges of Innovative Trade, Maintaining Robust Markets, Capitalizing on Big Data, and Advancing Consumer Health

Agricultural and Applied Economics Research Priorities

April 6th 2017
Holeman Lounge, National Press Club

529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor

Washington, DC 20045

The Priorities and Solutions Project is a one year project facilitated by the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) in partnership with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). We are delighted to announce the release of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Priorities and Solutions Report.

The distinguished speakers at the event will focus on trade, agricultural markets, big Ag. data, and consumer health. 


10:00 AM Agricultural and Applied Economics Priorities and Solutions Project
10:15 AM Cultivating Economic Development and Trade Policy for Economic Stability, Growth, and Equality - Moderator: William Powers, Chief Economist at U.S. International Trade Commission
11:30 PM Farmer's Questions about Trade Optimization
12:00 PM Keynote lunch (limited tickets)
1:30 PM Big data for Advances in Agricultural Production, Food Supply, and Meeting Consumer Demands - Moderator: Scott Swinton, Incoming AAEA President, Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Associate Chairperson of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University
2:30 PM Understanding Consumer Preferences to Enhance Well-being and Food Security - Moderator: Jill McCluskey, Past AAEA President, Distinguished Professor of Sustainability in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University
3:30 PM ET Closing comments


Agricultural and Applied Economics Research Priorities and Solutions Project

The objectives of this project are to accomplish the following:

  • Identify overarching priorities for agricultural and applied economics research and education to address society’s challenges over the next decade.
  • Promote communication among agricultural and applied economists about the priorities for developing new research projects, research methods, and curricula to meet the future needs of society.
  • Communicate to policy makers in Congress and federal agencies about the key needs and priorities for research and education in agriculture and applied economics.
  • Influence the availability of funding for the identified priorities of research and education.
  • Articulate the unique role of agricultural and applied economists in working with other disciplines to respond to the challenges facing society.
  • Identify the educational needs for future agricultural and applied economists and develop new and innovative curricula to meet those needs.

 Organizational Structure:

  • Project Chair:  Jill McCluskey, AAEA President, Washington State University
  • Project Director:  Gene Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University
  • Steering Committee:
    • Mike Adjemian, USDA Economic Research Service
    • Mary Ahearn, USDA Economic Research Service (Retired)
    • Walt Armbruster. Farm Foundation (Retired)
    • Titus Awokuse, Michigan State University
    • Joshua Berning, University of Georgia
    • Susan Capalbo, Oregon State University
    • Roger Coupal, University of Wyoming
    • Tim Dalton, Kansas State University
    • Ken Foster, Purdue University
    • Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois
    • Neal Hooker, Ohio State University
    • Leif Jensen, Pennsylvania State University
    • Eluned Jones, South Dakota State University
    • David Just, Cornell University
    • Nigel Key, USDA Economic Research Service
    • Dan Lass, University of Massachusetts
    • Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University
    • Kent Messer, University of Delaware
    • Kimberly Morgan, Virginia Tech University
    • Abby Okrent, USDA Economic Research Service
    • Marco Palma, Texas A&M University
    • Norbert Wilson, Auburn University
  • Project Manager:  Caron Gala, Executive Director, C-FARE

C-FARE's Focus

The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. C-FARE promotes the work of applied economists and serves as a catalyst for incorporating economic thinking into the analysis of food, agricultural, and resource decisions. We serve as a conduit between the research and outreach community and Washington, DC decision makers and stakeholders, matching expertise to public needs.

C-FARE's Mission

The mission of the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) is to enhance the effectiveness of the food, agricultural, resource, and related economic sectors through a stronger national presence of the agricultural and applied economics profession in the processes of identifying key economic issues; connecting the work of the profession to those in policymaking and leadership, and generating greater public appreciation for research, extension/outreach, and academic programs.

The scope of C-FARE’s activities is consistent with the broad and growing range of subject matter areas that comprise the profession. Included among the subject matter areas are the economics of food production, distribution, and consumption; international trade and development; macroeconomic issues; natural and human resources; environmental quality; rural and agribusiness management; public policy; legal-economic issues; energy; and others. The Council also develops linkages to other rural, social, agricultural, and life sciences.

The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is a not-for-profit association serving the professional interests of members working in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics. Members of the AAEA are employed by academic or government institutions, as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of teaching, research, and extension/outreach activities. Their work addresses a broad range of topics such as the economics of agriculture, international and rural development, resources and the environment, food and consumer issues, and agribusiness.

Last updated: April 7, 2017