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The Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia (AEAG) was established in October 1976 in Athens, Georgia. The aims of the association are as follows:

  • To provide opportunites for the professional improvement of people interested in the field of agricultural economics.
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of economic problems and issues of mutual interest to people working in agriculture, agribusiness, and related fields.
  • To recommend solution to economic problems facing Georgia's agriculture.

Agricultural Economics is involed in all sectors of our economy. The opportunities are greater now than ever before. Agriculture and its fundamental role in growth and development has recaptured the public's attention. All too often economic criteria are ignored in public and private decision making. We must be more effective in communicating the relevance of Agricultural Economics. We must recruit more students and better support Agricultural Economists if we are to meet the challenges for further applications of Agricultural Economics to farm, resource, environmental and agribusiness problems.

Outstanding Agricultural Economist Awards Now Accepting Nominations

There are two awards which are based on the number of years of experience. The J. W. Fanning Distinguished Young Professional Award is presented to those with ten years or less of professional experience. The J. W. Fanning Distinguished Professional Award is presented to those with more than ten years of professional experience.

Nominations for the awards may come from anyone. AEAG members, faculty, alumni, students, and agricultural economists in the state are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates for the awards. Also, agricultural economists should feel free to nominate themselves.

The nomination process is simple. Nominators must provide a brief description of the nominee's accomplishments, education, work experience, current position, past recognitions and awards, and contact information. Nominations cannot be processed without this information. Send nominations to the Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, 303 Conner Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7509. The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2012. Both awards will be presented at the luncheon following the annual J. W. Fanning Lecture on November 15, 2012.