ISU Economists Receive Awards and Honors at Intermational Meeting

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University economics faculty, researchers and students received awards and honors at the 2007 joint annual meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), the Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA), and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) held in Portland from July 29 to Aug. 1. The theme of this year's international meeting, with 1,470 in attendance, was "Applied Economics for Global Issues." Dermot Hayes, professor of economics and finance and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Agribusiness, was inducted as an AAEA Fellow at the opening event of the meeting. The designation is reserved for members who have made "continuous contribution to the advancement of agricultural economics." The CAES Outstanding Journal Article Award went to Catherine Kling, professor of economics, and Jinhua Zhao, associate professor of economics, who coauthored the article with Lyubov Kurkalova from North Carolina A and T State University. The article, "Green Subsidies in Agriculture: Estimating the Adoption Costs of Conservation Tillage from Observed Behavior," was published in the June 2006 issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. A poster on "Spatial Competition and the Location of the U.S. Ethanol Industry" by Tun-Tsiang (Edward) Yu and Frank Fuller, researchers at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, took first place in the poster competition. Second place went to a poster titled "Measuring the Impact of Livestock Operations Using a Hedonic Model: What Kind of Distances Matter?" by Jinhua Zhao, Tao Ran, a former graduate student, and Huizhen Niu from Louisiana State University. Third place went to ag economics graduate student Ofir Rubin for his poster, "Assessing the Response of Farm Households to Dairy Policy Reform in Israel." Chengyan Yue, who received her doctorate in economics in December, received honorable mention in the AAEA Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award category for her "Three Essays on Food Quality and Transactions Costs." -30-