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December 2021

Letter from the President

Despite the resurgence of the pandemic, there is some good news!

As I write this, the UK is sliding back into a now-familiar pattern of gradual restrictions in the run-up to holidays and an anticipated new surge of the Covid pandemic. It is difficult in these circumstances to feel entirely positive about the weeks and months ahead. Nevertheless, we can draw some positive spirit and strength from what we have managed to realise or achieve in the brief period since the summer, when conditions became ever better and mixing, planning and travel were all more possible. I am guessing that for many, fieldwork will have been inspiring (here, it was a great autumn for days out of doors!), and for some, the ability to take part in face-to-face gatherings for conferences, meetings and seminars will have been that usual busy mix of meeting new faces, finding research interests in common and determining to find ways to work together in future. The COP26 in Glasgow may have been the focal point for media attention, but a whole host of equally important processes of policy and research development, many of which will support action on the climate emergency as well as on our future farming, food and land use policies, networks and markets, made steady progress during 2021, despite all the challenges.

I am really pleased that the AES has agreed to move its investments onto a more ethical footing, and I have confidence that the Society and its dedicated and supportive Executive are well-placed to be a beacon of responsibility, inclusion, and resilience, in the years to come. Thank you again for your willingness to have me as your President: it has been an honour, and a privilege. I hope to see many of you in Leuven at the AES Annual Conference next April (fingers crossed!).

Janet Dwyer AES President 2021-22 (jdwyer@glos.ac.uk)

Defra-AES One Day Online Conference 21 January 2022
The Future of Farming Across the UK  

Agricultural policy is devolved across the four nations in the UK and, with Brexit, decisions on future policy are being discussed and decided in each of those nations.  This topical and timely conference will examine the perspectives for farming in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Presentations will also focus more specifically on the role of direct payments, addressing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and small farm businesses. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments, in particular during the final panel session.

Please consult the detailed agenda posted on the AES website and register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-defra-agricultural-economics-society-conference-tickets-227146831287  

AES Annual Conference 2022

The Annual Conference of The Agricultural Economics Society will be held at KULeuven from 4 - 6 April 2022, in cooperation with the Belgian Association of Agricultural Economists (BVLE). The Conference venue will take place in an historic building – with a lovely quad - in the centre of a wonderful city. The programme promises to be rich and varied. Professor Frédéric Leroy (Free University Brussels) will deliver the Keynote Address Animal source foods: Do They Still Have a Role to Play in Healthy and Sustainable diets? The Presidential Address will be given by Dr Jonathan Brooks (OECD, Paris) on Priorities for Indicator Development for Agricultural Policies and Food Systems. Professor Ellen Van Loo (Wageningen University) will lead a symposium on food choice, food marketing and health in front-of-pack nutrition labelling. Professor Goedele Van Den Broeck (UC Louvain) will lead a symposium on affordability of sustainable and healthy diets. Professor Robert Chambers (University of Maryland, United States of America) and Dr Spiro Stefanou (Administrator of the Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture) will chair a symposium on climate change and total factor productivity analysis. The BVLE PhD Day will also be held at the venue. A joint AES-BVLE-SLE (Studiekring voor Landbouweconomie, the Dutch Association of Agricultural Economists) session will focus on issues of common interest. AgEconMeet will host a targeted networking possibility for early-career researchers. Other social events include a morning run, the Conference Dinner (with a guest speaker and AES awards ceremony), and Belgian beer tasting.
Note that the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to 14 January 2022. For more information, please see http://www.aes.ac.uk/page.asp?ID=3  
Frederic Ang, AES Programme Secretary (frederic.ang@wur.nl)

In 2021 the AES and EAAE celebrate two decades of EuroChoices
Throughout 2021 we have been celebrating twenty years of EuroChoices including special contributions from editors and guest authors. In advance of COP26-Glasgow a special section on climate change and agri-food linkages was commissioned for Issue 20(2). In addition, a special virtual issue of all climate change articles published in the journal is now available via a link on the journal homepage. Our three new co-editors are settling in and expanding our capacity to solicit high quality contributions to the journal. In 2021 we have been experiencing very strong growth in full-text article downloads compared to 2019 and 2020. 

A major simplification of author guidelines has recently been completed to make them more accessible and to enhance author experience so please read the new guidelines before submitting: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/1746692x/homepage/forauthors.html  

In 2022 we plan to profile interesting research results emerging from the EU’s Horizon-2020 research programme. Please continue to write for the journal and encourage colleagues to submit including those in early career: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/1746692x

John Davis, Chief Editor (eurochoices@aes.ac.uk)

Other conferences and events

Australia: The conference will be online from 7-11 February https://www.aares.org.au/

New Zealand: The conference will take place from 31 August to 2 September and aims to be held in Nelson.  www.nzares.org.nz/Default.aspx

The 9th European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) PhD Workshop is scheduled to take place from 22-24 June 2022, at the Department of Economic and Managerial Science, Parma, Italy. The AES is offering up to ten bursaries of £300 to support student members of the AES to attend (this assumes that the event goes ahead in Parma rather than reverting to an online format). The award is conditional on acceptance to and attendance at the Workshop (details: https://www.parmaphdworkshop.unipr.it); and preparation of a short report, to be completed within one month of the event taking place. The report would be available to AES members and bursary recipients would be encouraged to submit to the 2023 AES conference.

Deadlines to note for the Workshop are 31 January 2022 for contributed paper proposals and 30 March 2022 for research project proposals. Further details are available from the organisers at the above web address. The application form can be found here and the deadline for submitting for the AES bursary is 31 May 2022; please include confirmation that you have been accepted on the Workshop before applying to: secretariat@aes.co.uk.  This looks to be a great opportunity and we have favourable reports from AES members who have participated in previous EAAE PhD Workshops. Good luck and let's hope that restrictions on travel will be eased and the organisers can hold the event in-person in Italy.  Check upcoming EAAE news and list of upcoming seminars at www.eaae.org

Tim Lloyd EAAE and IAAE Liaison Officer (tlloyd@bournemouth.ac.uk)

Holiday reading

This is time of year for celebratory – and sometimes excessive – consumption of food and drink. By January, newspapers and social media are full of advice and promotions about what to eat or not to eat. Relax and Enjoy your Food by American author and communicator Craig Good (Very Good Books 2021) offers a no-nonsense, common-sense approach, which is well written, amusing, and – crucially – based on sound science. As the subtitle says, save your money, your health and your sanity by separating fact from flapdoodle.  We all need some optimism at present, and this short book (142 pages) certainly has the potential to raise our spirits, literally!  
Wilfrid Legg, Editor, AES Newsletter

The Newsletter is also circulated with the JAE.  The deadline for items for the next issue is 12th April 2022, to wilfrid_legg@hotmail.com

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