AARES News and Views
I am very pleased to be taking over as AARES President from Julian Alston, and to be working with the great team on the Council. The Society appears to be in generally good shape, not least because of the efforts of Council members in recent years. The AARES approach to the role of President is one that spreads out the duties in a manageable way; with the President-Elect responsible for organising the Annual Conference; then in the Presidential year the main responsibilities concern the management of Council activities, while having a whole year to worry about what to say in the presidential address. In the third year as past-President on the Council, one can make all the accumulated institutional memory available for the benefit of the Society.
From all the reports that I have seen and heard, the Annual Conference in Canberra was greatly enjoyed by members and visitors. The Local Organising Committee of Paul Morris, Michelle Scoccimarro, Liz Petersen, Martin van Bueren, Ray Trewin, and Jeff Bennett, and chaired by Max Lawrence, did a wonderful job. Max was tireless in his efforts to keep things moving along. Jeff and Liz also did a great job with the never-easy task of organising the Contributed Papers sessions. Thanks are also due to Paul Morris, Ray Trewin and Donna Brennan who made the arrangements for the Pre-Conference workshop on WTO: issues for developing countries. Mal Wegener single-handedly organised the other Pre-Conference workshop on Rural livelihoods and adjustment: a challenge for agricultural economists. The numbers attending the Pre-Conference workshops were not large, but the discussions were most productive and it was good to see the wide range of people drawn to these workshops. Particular thanks go to the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Australian Agency for International Development for their funding support of the WTO workshop, which allowed trade experts from developing countries in the Asia Pacific region to attend the workshop and the Conference. The US Farm Foundation kindly gave support to the rural adjustment workshop.
An innovation introduced at this Annual Conference was the sponsorship of Contributed Paper sessions by interested organisations. The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) sponsored a session at which papers prepared by researchers working on RIRDC-funded research projects were presented. The Productivity Commission sponsored two sessions on environmental topics.
Other sponsors of the Conference were the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry-Australia, the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, and the National Centre for Development Studies at the Australian National University. The funds provided by these sponsors made it possible to pay for the attendance of several invited speakers from overseas - an increasingly important aspect of our Annual Conference. I am very pleased to report that several of these sponsors have already indicated their support for the next Conference.
It was a particular disappointment for me that Yair Mundlak was unable to present the annual Alan Lloyd Address due to ill health. Scott Rozelle very kindly and capably gave the address. I am pleased to let you know that Yair Mundlak is out of hospital and recovering well.
At the Conference, the Society honoured four members as Distinguished Fellows: Kym Anderson, Geoff Edwards, John Freebairn, and Al Watson. Peter Druce, one of the initiators of the Society, was honoured as a Distinguished Life Member. Our congratulations to all for their long and distinguished contributions to the Society and to agricultural and resource economics.
The AARES 2003 Conference will be held in Fremantle, WA, and already the Local Organising Committee has made good progress. The feedback that was provided from the Canberra conference will be very helpful in making this a great event.
Council will have a few new faces this year, with Dave Pannell stepping down after his year as past-President. Our many thanks to Dave for his tireless efforts, and in particular for the work that he has put into the development of the Societys website. Dave also gave a great deal of time to putting together a compilation of all the Councils policy decisions that he could find. Michelle Scoccimarro has stood down as Secretary and deserves a huge vote of thanks for her contributions to the Society in recent years, both at branch level as well as national level. Liz Petersen has stepped forward to take over the position of Secretary, continuing her contributions to the Society at branch level in WA and the ACT. Council also welcomes the President-Elect, Bill Malcolm, and looks forward to his energetic participation. Congratulations on your election, Bill. Our thanks go to the other office bearers who are continuing in their positions (Mal Wegener, Treasurer; Lisa Brennan, Manager: Promotion and Development; AJARE Editors Chris ODonnell and John Mullen; and Tracy Henderson, Editor, AARES News and Views), and to the branch councillors.
I hope that we
can continue to build on the good work of recent Councils, and make the
Society even stronger and more relevant. We will be looking for new ways
to do this and I would appreciate any suggestions from members. Very best
wishes for 2002.
AARES News and Views
RURAL LIVELIHOODS AND ADJUSTMENT A CHALLENGE FOR AGRICULTURAL ECONOMISTS
A workshop to address the key issues affecting rural livelihoods and to develop policy initiatives was held at Rydges Lakeside Hotel in Canberra prior to the AARES 2002 Conference.
As a result of the Workshop, convenor Mal Wegener believes that AARES should encourage members of the agricultural and resource economics profession to reach out and work more closely with policy specialists from other disciplinary backgrounds in regional science, transport and communications, and rural development, to ensure that sensible policy guidelines for rural and regional development are available to the Australian state and federal governments.
Such policies are required to achieve three objectives:
Keynote speaker at the workshop was Mark Drabenstott who is the Director of the Centre for the study of Rural America within the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He was introduced by the US Farm Foundation President, Walter Armbruster, who has encouraged the conduct of similar workshops in the US in the past couple of years. Dr Drabenstott pointed out that the challenges facing policy-makers dealing with the problems of rural and regional Australia are not unique. Many countries such as the United States, Ireland, and parts of Europe have similar problems and are developing policies to deal with the relevant issues.
Other speakers at the workshop were:
It is proposed
that summaries of each of the workshop presentations and key points from
the discussions will appear in the Policy Forum section of the Journal
in the near future. In addition, a succinct statement about policy objectives
to address adjustment problems in rural and regional Australia is being
prepared for distribution among interested parties. Contact Mal Wegener
for further details (malcolm.wegener).
AARES News and Views
AARES AWARDS for 2001
Prize for PhD research: Thilak Mallawaarachchi
The title of his PhD is "Economic-Environmental Trade-offs in the Australian Sugar Industry: Issues of Efficiency and Equity in Land Allocation". He studied at James Cook University and his supervisors were Professor John Quiggin, Dr Mal Wegener and Dr Owen Stanley.
Prize for Masters research: Nicholas J Berger
The title of His Masters thesis is "Modelling structural and policy changes in the world wine market into the 21st century". He studied at the University of Adelaide and his supervisor was Kym Anderson.
Undergraduate prize winners:
John Quiggin, for the article "Environmental economics and the Murray-Darling river system", published in Volume 45, No. 1 (March 2001).AARES /AAEA Young Professionals Exchange Travel Award - Heading South:
Dan Phaneuf, North Carolina State UniversityAARES /AAEA Young Professionals Exchange Travel Award - Heading North:
Liz Petersen, The Australian National UniversityAARES Annual Conference First Time Presenter Prize:
Awarded to Chris Fleming for the presentation on "The Economic Implications of a Multiple Species Approach to Bioeconomic Modelling".2002 Distinguished Fellows:
Alistair S. Watson2002 Distinguished Life Member:
Geoffrey W. Edwards
John W. Freebairn
Peter C. DrucePast winners of AARES awards are shown at http://www.general.uwa.edu.au/u/aares/prizes.htm
NOMINATIONS FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT AND DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIPS
The Nominations Committee, consisting of Julian Alston (Chair), John Mullen, David Pannell, and Alistair Watson, calls for nominations for President-Elect and Distinguished Fellowships for the year 2003. Formal nominations should be submitted to Julian by Sunday, June 30, 2002 (Fax: +1 530 752-3283, Email: julian, Mail: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California-Davis, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616, USA). Nominations for President-Elect should be dated and signed by the nominator, a seconder, and the candidate.
Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution
to agricultural and resource economics and/or the activities of AARES.
Past winners of this prestigious award are shown at
Nominations should include a brief biography (see the December 2001 issue
of AJARE for some examples).
AARES-AAEA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EXCHANGE TRAVEL AWARDS
In 2001 AARES and the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) offered two travel awards, and the awards will be offered again in 2002. These awards are intended for agricultural and resource economists in the early stages of their careers, in order to provide them with an opportunity for professional and personal development and international professional and cultural exchange. Each award has a value of US$2,000 to be used to assist the winner to participate in the annual conference of either the AARES or the AAEA. Applicants for these awards must be members of both the AARES and the AAEA, and preference will be given to more-junior applicants. Award recipients will be determined by a committee, based on a submitted paper, a one-page biographical statement, and a one-page statement in support of their application. Recipients will be expected to present the paper at the conference.
The first award, "Heading South," was awarded to Daniel Phaneuf of North Carolina State University to support his participation in the AARES 2002 conference. Dan presented a paper in Canberra entitled "Kuhn-Tucker recreation demand models with large choice sets: an application to beach recreation". The second award, "Heading North," was awarded to Liz Peterson of the Australian National University to support her participation at the AAEA 2002 conference to be held at Long Beach, California in August. Liz will present a paper at this conference entitled "Economic policy, institutions and fisheries development in the Pacific".
North American residents are invited to apply for the "Heading South" award, which will support participation in the February 2003 Annual Conference of the AARES to be held in Fremantle, Western Australia. The award will include US$1,500 cash, and registration and lodging at the conference. A complete application will include the following items: (1) an original and unpublished paper for presentation at the conference, (2) a one-page biographical statement, and (3) a one-page statement in support of the application, indicating what the applicant would hope to accomplish through the award, and why they would be deserving of the award. The winner of the award will be determined by a committee, based on the submitted materials, with some emphasis on the quality of the paper. Applicants must be members of both the AARES and the AAEA. Electronic submissions (in PDF format) should be e-mailed to Nick Piggott (nick_piggott). Applications must be received by June 28, 2002, and the winner will be announced at the Reception of the North American Branch of the AARES, to be held at the AAEA meeting in Long Beach. Please address any questions about the application process to Nick Piggott (nick_piggott).
The "Heading North" award will include US$2,000 cash to cover attendance at the AAEA 2003 conference. Check future issues of News & Views for application details. Applications will be due toward the end of the year.
So all you young
professionals should note these awards in your diaries and start planning
to submit an application. Please address any questions about the application
process to either Jenni James (Jjames)
or Garry Griffith (garry.griffith).
CONNECTIONS: FARM, FOOD AND RESOURCE ISSUES
Feedback about our first issue has been very positive, thank you. Don't forget if you have some good vibrations or some latent hostility about any of the articles let it loose. Please pick up the phone or shoot an email in to Bill or myself. It's your publication and we would like to hear from you!
It is not going to be possible to get the Autumn 2002 issue out this month because we do not have the contributions to hand that scribes have promised. Also, the editors have been slow in the transition area post national conference and have not hit the keyboard and phones hard enough! An aim of the pilot period is that we get a feel for what is possible and what is not, so we are doing what we can without panicking.
One issue that has been brought to our attention is that some researchers find it difficult to contemplate doing an extension article; an extra commitment to their research work. Perhaps we need to think of rewards for writers - ideas and sponsors welcome! Perhaps researchers need to think of the potential benefits of 'research and extension'. The world needs both and some of our inaugural issue authors have observed the complementarity of the stable of AARES and AAA publications now that AARES AJARE, AARES News and Views, AAA Review, AAA Perspectives and AARES/AAA Connections are all available on-line.
Do not feel that
you have to be invited to submit an article to Connections. We would
like AARES and AAA members to own the publication and contribute when you
think that you see the opportunity to write an extension article about
your research work. If you would like to float your topic with us, or scout
someone else with a topic (member or non-member), again phone or email
Connections: Farm, Food and Resource Issues
Phone: (08) 8207 7903
Connections: Farm, Food and Resource Issues
Phone: (03) 8344 5015
Farm, Food and Resource Issues on the web at
CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR IAAE 2006
International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) Conference
is to be held in Brisbane, Australia in August 2006. It will be organised
by a committee of enthusiastic individuals from around Australia and internationally.
The AARES Queensland Branch, which has accepted responsibility for making
initial arrangements to stage the conference, calls for expressions of
interest from individuals to become members of the IAAE 2006 Organising
Committee. If interested, please forward your contact details to Tracy
Henderson (phone (07) 3365 1860; email s400640)
by 24 May 2002. We invite all AARES members to consider nominating to be
part of the Organising Committee regardless of location and international
conference experience. We need your input and assistance.
5th ANNUAL AARES SYMPOSIUM AND JOHN DILLON COMMEMORATIVE DAY
The 5th Annual
AARES Symposium will be held at the University of New England, Armidale,
NSW on Thursday 19 September, 2002. The theme will be the new US Farm Bill
and implications for international agricultural trade. A number of international
visitors are expected to attend including keynote speaker Professor Dan
Sumner from the University of California- Davis (formerly USDA Assistant
Secretary for Economics and Senior Staff Economist, US President's Council
of Economic Advisers). The Symposium day will be followed by a day commemorating
the work of the late John Dillon on Friday 20 September. Further details
about these events will be made available in due course. Alternatively,
please contact Roley Piggott (phone (02) 6773 2313; email rpiggott).
Please mark your diaries.
BLACKWELL PUBLISHING MOVES AARES OPERATIONS TO MELBOURNE
has recently moved the management of AARES membership and AJARE subscriptions
from the UK to Melbourne. The Blackwell team responsible for managing AARES
operations is led by Jennifer McDonald, Journal Publishing Manager, Blackwell
Publishing Asia. Jennifer's contact details are: phone (03) 9347 0300 x827;
fax (03) 9347 5001; email jennifer.mcdonald;
postal PO Box 378, 54 University St, Carlton South VIC 3053 Australia.
25TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMISTS
International Conference of Agricultural Economists will be held 16-22
August 2003, International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa. The
theme for the 2003 Conference is "Reshaping agricultures contributions
to society". The four sub-themes are (1) poverty reduction and economic
development, (2) environmental stewardship, (3) efficiency in food and
farming systems, and (4) consumer safety and food security. The due date
for submission of papers is 31 October 2002. Further details are available
on the conference web site http://www.iaae2003durban.co.za
or the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) web
11TH AUSTRALIAN AGRONOMY CONFERENCE
Australian Agronomy Conference with the theme "Solutions for a better environment"
will be held 2-6 February 2003 at Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria.
For further details see
The annual meeting
of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) will be held
in Long Beach, California from 28 to 31 July 2002. The North American Branch
of the AARES will be holding a reception at the AAEA meetings, and all
members of the AARES who plan to attend the meetings are invited. North
American Branch members will receive details via e-mail, but if you are
not a member of the North American Branch, please contact Jenni James (JJames)
and she will send you the necessary details.
4TH ASIAN SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMISTS CONFERENCE
The 4th Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) Conference will be held on 20-22 August 2002 in Alor Setar Kedah, Malaysia, with the theme "New challenges facing Asian agriculture under globalization". The conference is jointly organized by the Institute for Economic Research (INSPEK) of Universiti Utara Malaysia and the Malaysian Agricultural Economics Association (PETA); and will focus on the following topics:
ECONOMICS OF WATER AND AGRICULTURE - INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
of Agricultural Economics and Management of the Hebrew University will
host an international workshop on "The economics of water and agriculture"
in honor of Professor Yoav Kislev who is retiring after more than 35 years
of teaching. The workshop will take place on the campus of the Faculty
of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences in Rehovot,
Israel, during December 18-20, 2002. The program of the workshop will include
both invited and selected presentations. We solicit papers in all areas
of agricultural and resource economics, and particularly encourage papers
in one of the following themes: water resources and irrigation; research
and development; growth and technological progress; agricultural and trade
policy; farm households in developed and developing countries. Shouldyou
be interested in presenting a paper at this workshop, please submit a one-page
abstract by May 31, 2002 to the following address: Dr Ayal Kimhi, Program
Co-Chair, The Economics of Water and Agriculture, Department of Agricultural
Economics and Management, Faculty of Agriculture, P.O. Box 12, Rehovot
76100, Israel. We expect to have some funds available to subsidise the
travel expenses of young participants. If you wish to be considered for
a travel subsidy, please enclose a one-page CV and a list of publications
with your submission. Graduate students and post-docs should also enclose
a letter of support from their supervisor. Further information may be obtained
at the workshops web site: http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/kenes-yoav4.html,
or directly from the program co-chairs: Dr Israel Finkelshtain (finkelsh);
Dr Ayal Kimhi (kimhi).
SECOND WORLD CONGRESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMISTS
The Second World
Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists will be held at the Marriott
Hotel in Monterey, California from June 24-27, 2002. The Congress is sponsored
by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and
the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).
The four-day program will consist of plenary sessions with key-note speakers,
parallel sessions with contributed papers, and some sessions with invited
papers and panels on special topics in environmental and resource economics.
Further details of the Congress are available at http://www.aere.org
AARES News and Views
Reports to the 2002 Annual General Meeting
PRESIDENTS REPORT to the 2002 Annual General Meeting
It has been a busy year for the AARES Federal Council. This Presidents Report on the "State of the Society" encapsulates some main points about the things that have occupied our attention. Many of these topics are covered in more detail in other places: in other office bearers reports at this meeting or in recent issues of AARES News & Views.
The main general message is that the Society is in good shape in terms of its membership and finances (as can be seen in the reports of the Manager: Promotion and Development and the Treasurer) but that we cannot take this for granted. The recent positive trends in both AARES membership and its financial picture are at odds with what has been happening in the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), for instance. Bucking the global trends has taken significant effort, and it will take continuing effort to sustain the gains we have made, let alone add to them. Importantly, we have had to face up to the reality that we can no longer rely on the implicit subsidy of substantial institutional support. Everything we do in future - including the publication of the Journal, the provision of Central Office services, and the organisation of our annual Conferences and Symposia - will have to be done on a more-nearly fully commercial basis. These somewhat sobering sentiments are important background for some decisions taken in the past 12 months.
Our original contract with Blackwell was for a five-year period, ending in 2001. This contract specifies the terms under which Blackwell manages our subscriptions, maintains lists of our members, and publishes AJARE. In October 2001 we finally concluded a long process of review and negotiation, and signed a new contract, for a three-year term. Under the new contract AARES will receive 8 percent of the revenue from institutional subscriptions, in addition to its (unchanged) share of revenue from member subscriptions. In addition, the revised contract allows for the collection of page charges from authors, with the revenue to be shared such that 8 percent goes to Blackwell and 92 percent goes to AARES, and we have introduced page charges of $20 per printed page for the 2002 volume of AJARE. These are the main changes, and we expect them to generate additional revenue of about $15,000 per year for AARES.
AARES Conferences and Symposia
Our other main source of income is Conferences and Symposia. Over the past few years we have done increasingly well at making our Conferences and Symposia financial successes as well as successes in the other ways that matter to us. The AARES 2001 Conference and the associated workshops is a good example. The 2001 AARES Symposium also generated good publicity and new memberships, as well as a very good surplus. Thanks are due especially to Mark Eigenraam, Deb Peterson, and Charlotte Duke, as well as other members of the Victorian Branch of AARES, for organising this event. Preliminary estimates for the AARES 2002 Conference indicate that it, too, has been a financial success while providing excellent opportunities for cultural, social, professional, and intellectual exchange.
Several initiatives that also have financial implications were introduced, aiming to economise where possible, while promoting the Society and enhancing services to the membership.
2001 marked the end of Geoff Edwards term as editor of AJARE. We owe Geoff a large debt of thanks for his excellent service as editor for three years, during which the Journal flourished. His contributions to AJARE include the innovation of a Millennium Issue, and his efforts to publish the first of these in March 2001. This also marks the end of a much longer period during which Geoff has served as a voice of reason, as well as a source of wisdom and at times a conscience, for the Council. John Mullen and Chris ODonnell have taken over as co-editors of AJARE, with the support of four Associate Editors (Jeff Bennett, Garry Griffith, Ray Trewin, and Paul Winters), as well as a Book Review Editor (Graham Marshall), and an Editorial Board. Editing the Journal is a very big job, and a great service to the Society, and we were very happy to be able to find such an able team willing to take on the task. With the change of editors, the AARES Central Office has also moved to the University of New England, with some limited but very welcome institutional support provided by the Department of Economics. Honey Greenwood has replaced Julie Rowe to provide editorial assistance and manage the Central Office.
In addition to changes in the Journal editors and Central Office staff, there have been some other personnel changes. Bill Malcolm and Glenn Ronan have taken on the editorship of Connections. On the Federal Council, at the end of last year, Glenn Anderson and Fredoun Ahmadi-Esfahani concluded their terms as Treasurer and Manager, Promotion and Development, respectively. Given the issues facing the Society, these positions are critical for managing our finances and promoting membership, and both Mal Wegener and Lisa Brennan have got off to a great start in their first year in these roles, and have contributed a lot already. I welcome, in particular Lisas initiatives in setting out to create value for members (discussed in her report) and I would encourage the membership to do what they can to support Lisa in this effort. In addition to his duties as Treasurer, I want to thank Mal for his efforts with others in developing the proposal to hold the 2006 International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) Conference in Brisbane, which he and Roley Piggott presented to the IAAE Council in Chicago. In addition, Tracy Henderson has done a fine job in the role of Editor of News & Views, which she took over from Fredoun. Given the normal rotation of Presidents, the only position on the executive that has not changed this year has been that of Secretary, which has been very ably filled by Michelle Scoccimarro. I am sorry to have to report that Michelle has advised us that she will not be able to continue to serve, and I take this opportunity to thank Michelle for her hard work and good service to the Society as Secretary.
A sad duty that befalls me is to note the passing of four of our members during 2001. John Dillon, John Quilkey, Russ Reynolds, and Ross Parish were all well known to me and collectively had significant influence on my life and career, as they did for many of our members. We will not see their like again. They will be missed.
On a happier
note, I wish to conclude by thanking the members of Council, particularly
the Executive, and several past Presidents, for their hard work, support,
and friendship during a busy and challenging year. We began the year, all
fairly new to the task, and had to learn quickly given the issues before
us. These included the need to review and revise the contact with Blackwell,
to find and appoint new editors for the Journal, and to relocate
the Central Office, as well as the usual business of the Society. But we
also took some initiatives. As I noted earlier, this year also marked the
introduction of Connections and the Young Professionals Exchange
Travel Award, the implementation of our merger with Farm Management
Society-Central South Australia, and the formal agreement that Australia
would host the 2006 IAAE conference. I hope you will join me in congratulating
and thanking the Council for their effort in getting this all done.
AARES News and Views
SECRETARYS REPORT to the 2002 Annual General Meeting
Council of the Society
The 2001 Annual General Meeting was held on 24 January 2001 at the Stamford Plaza, Adelaide.
At the meeting, the following office bearers were elected:
President: Julian AlstonDavid Pannell automatically assumed membership of Council on becoming Immediate Past President. Max Lawrence attended as Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the 2002 conference.
President-Elect: Ron Duncan
Secretary: Michelle Scoccimarro
Treasurer: Mal Wegener
Manager: Promotion and Development: Lisa Brennan
Editor, AARES News and Views: Tracy Henderson
During 2001, the following members represented their Branches at Council meetings:
New South Wales: John Mullen, Jason Crean, Nick MilhamBusiness of Council
Australian Capital Territory: Michelle Scoccimarro, Jeff Bennett, Paul Morris
Victoria: Geoff Edwards, Bill Malcolm
Queensland: Mal Wegener
Western Australia: David Pannell, Laura McCann, Ross Kingwell
New England: Garry Griffith, Chris ODonnell
South Australia: Doug Young, Randy Stringer, Glenn Ronan
North America: Julian Alston, Nick Piggott, Michelle Marra
New Zealand: Robyn Johnson, Rod Forbes
Council has met four times since the last AGM on 24 January 2001: 25 January 2001, 6 June 2001, 4 October 2001 and 12 February 2002. Some of the more important matters considered by Council in 2001 were:
The following members were appointed to committees of the Society in 2001:
Branch office bearers listed are those as at 31 December 2001.
Treasurer: Garry Griffith
Secretary: Garry Griffith
Councillor: Garry Griffith
Treasurer: Michael Burton
Secretary: Tennille Winter
Councillor: Ross Kingwell
Australian Capital Territory
Secretary: Michelle Scoccimarro
Treasurer: Martin Van Bueren
Councillor: Jeff Bennett
Secretary: Philip Taylor
Treasurer: Julian Morison
Treasurer: Dinesha Emmery
Secretary: Tracy Henderson
Councillor: George Antony
New South Wales
Treasurer: Phillip Pagan
Secretary: Jillian Hartley
Councillor: Jason Crean
Treasurer: Arthur Ha
Secretary: Charlotte Duke
North American Branch
Treasurer: Jenni James
Secretary: Jenni James
Councillors: Julian Alston and Phil Pardey
This is my final
report as Secretary, and Id like to take this opportunity to thank the
Executive for all their help during my term of office. All the best to
Liz Petersen who will be taking over as the new Secretary.
AARES News and Views
TREASURERS REPORT to the 2002 Annual General Meeting
Financial position - Cheque account
The balance in the Societys main cheque account on 31 December 2001, after reconciliation for unpresented cheques, was $21,035. However, the advance payment of 2001 members and institutional subscriptions from Blackwell Publishers was not received by the end of last year and that has subsequently boosted the bank balance considerably.
The healthy financial position of the Society is largely due to the exceptionally high surplus from the Adelaide conference ($42,564), a good surplus from the Melbourne symposium (about $7,000), and a one-off payment from the Farm Management Society Central South Australia ($11,134) which was wound up during 2001 and which transferred the residue of its funds to the Society.
There were sufficient operating funds in the cheque account to place another $30,000 on term deposit in November 2001.
Financial Position - Fixed deposits
existing fixed deposits matured over the period 13-17 January 2002 and
were consolidated into a single investment so that the Society currently
has $110,000 invested in a security with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
This security will mature on 24 January 2003 with a value of $114,620,
an effective interest rate of 4.20%. Interest rates and other conditions
are more favourable for investments over $100,000 and it is more convenient
to have a single investment located at one bank than several fixed deposits
at different locations. Interest income from the fixed deposits amounted
to $1,590 in 2001 although another $1,480 was credited to the Societys
account when the investments matured in mid-January 2002. Details are shown
in the following table.
University of NSW
17 August 2001
17 August 2001-
17 January 2002
paid on maturity $927.99
17 May 2001
17 May 2001-
13 October 2001
13 October 2001-
13 January 2002
$2 069.87 (Interest since 1 July 2000)
University of Qld
15 January 2002
Interest paid on maturity
An investment of the size that the Society now has represents a prudent approach to financial risk management for the Society. The Society is now dependent on the financial surpluses from its annual conference and the symposium to meet a significant proportion of its operating costs each year since membership fees and institutional subscriptions cover just over half of our annual operating costs. In the unlikely event of a failed conference, we need to have sufficient funds available to enable the Society to continue operating for at least one year. The Society has also entered into a number of long-term commitments for which funding needs to be secure.
Statement of income and expenditure
The Society had a financially successful year in 2001 with an estimated surplus over operating costs of approximately $39,000. The unaudited statement of income and expenditure for 2001 is presented in the next table. Much of the success is due to the excellent results from both the Adelaide conference and the symposium held in Melbourne in early October. We were also fortunate in receiving a substantial one-off cash payment of $11,134 which represented the residue of funds of the Farm Management Society Central South Australia which ceased to operate during the year. Members of that society were given the option of joining AARES on the condition that their membership fees for two years would be paid or committing an equivalent amount of funds to a project to write the history of the Farm Management Society. Without these exceptional payments making such a positive contribution to our income position, we would not be in such good financial shape.
of cash income and expenditure, 2001
|2001 Budget||1 January - 31 December 2001||2001 Outcome||2002 Budget|
Subscriptions (net of concessions)
Conference income (net of direct costs)
Symposium (net of direst costs)
AARES News & Views Advertising
|Total Operating income||
AJARE editorial office
AARES News & Views and Connections
Awards and prizes
Alan Lloyd Fellowship
Government taxes and bank charges
|Operating surplus (Deficit)||
Less extraordinary expenses
|Cash surplus (Deficit)||
Notes and explanations:
1. Non-members registering for the annual conference and symposium are granted membership, the cost of which is met from council funds.
2. Other income includes editorial royalties and sundry items. Page charges will be introduced for articles accepted for publication in AJARE from 2002.
3. Extraordinary income includes a transfer of funds from the Farm Management Society-Central South Australia which ceased operations during the year.
4. Branch grants include both 2000 and 2001 payments to the North American Branch.
5. Expenses connected with the Alan Lloyd fellowship were paid by the Adelaide conference Local Organising Committee out of conference income.
6. Extraordinary expenses include the cost of transferring the editorial office from La Trobe University to University of New England and the initial payment to Agribusiness Association of Australia to establish Connections.
7. AARES News and Views will be distributed electronically in 2002. The cost of Connections in 2002 is included in this category.
8. Revenue of $945 for advertising in AARES News and Views was received after the balance date.
of Assets and Liabilities
31 December 2000
31 December 2001
North American Branch account
Cash Surplus (Deficit)
GASP Fund (Alan Lloyd fund)
Commonwealth Bank Fixed Deposits
North American Branch
Journal and Review stocks
Note: The assets included in this statement include the foreshadowed payment of $32,063 in membership subscriptions not received from Blackwell by the balance date.
A transfer of funds totalling $9,245 was made to branches in November-December which included the share of profits on the symposium held by the Victorian branch in October ($1,500) and a payment to the North American branch according to the policy approved at the October 2001 Council Meeting. With the $1,256 formerly held by Council on behalf of the North American branch, there was over $10,500 distributed to branches in the past year in proportion to their current membership numbers and growth during the year. Details of membership numbers and branch payments are provided in the following table.
The standard practice is for branches to receive a base grant of $300 in addition to $7.50 per ordinary member or equivalent plus a $40 bonus for each unit increase in total ordinary equivalent membership over the year. Ordinary equivalent members are calculated as the sum of total financial ordinary members and one half of the total of student and other concessional members. Since 1999, the bonus has been reduced to $24 to allow for the 20 percent discount for new members.
membership and branch grants, 1999 2001
|Membership||Branch grants $|
Following a number of revisions to the membership lists in 1999, the branch grants that year were revised upwards based on numbers that subsequently turned out to be over-estimates of the membership for that year. The previous Treasurer recommended that this over-payment be recovered from branches or that the branch payments this year be reduced but that recommendation was not implemented.
During the past year, several branches recruited new members and increased membership but the North American Branch needs to be congratulated on their success in recruiting at least 24 new ordinary and 2 student members during the past year. Other branches with significant numbers of new members included New South Wales (15), South Australia (10), ACT (6 new ordinary members and 2 student members), Western Australia and New Zealand (4 ordinary members and 1 new student member each), while Queensland added 3 new student members.
In response to a request from the North American Branch for a special additional allocation of funds this year to meet the costs involved in staging a function at the American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Conference in Chicago, the basis for payment to the North American branch was changed to reflect the difference in subscriptions paid by North American members and the exchange rate between $US and AUD.
The Adelaide conference generated a significant surplus for the Society ($44,086) which was distributed as follows:
The 2001 Symposium organised by the Victorian Branch was professionally and financially successful. With 69 registrations, the income from the symposium was nearly $18,000 and expenses $10,637. Council determined that the policy of sharing the surpluses from these events with branches, as occurs with the annual conference, be extended to the symposia. Surpluses up to $3,000 from symposia organised by branches on behalf of council will be shared with the branch concerned. Above that figure, all of the profits go to Council.
Of the 69 registrations for the 2001 symposium, 44 (including one student) were from non-members who paid the higher fee to cover the cost of AARES membership for one year. The retention of these new members for more than one year represents a challenge to the Society.
Contract with Blackwell
to the contract that the Society has with Blackwell Publishing Ltd to produce
the AJARE and to maintain the membership database were negotiated
during the past year. In reviewing performance of the Journal contract
over the past five years (see table below), it is worth noting that memberships,
subscription income, and payments to the Society have all increased steadily
over the period.
Shortfall on institutional subs.1
|Total income for volume||
|Payments to Society||
44 704 2
1 In 1997 and 1998, the Society had to make large penalty payments to Blackwell because the numbers of institutional subscribers were less than the minimum specified in the original contract.
2 Advance payment received to date.
In re-negotiating the contract, AARES sought to receive a share of the subscription revenue from libraries and institutions but recommended that individual member subscription rates should remain unchanged for now. We also sought the right to impose page charges on published articles and agreed that some costly practices, such as the provision of reprints to authors, should cease.
These initiatives are expected to add another $15,000 to AARES annual income ($7-8,000 from the share of revenue from subscriptions and a similar amount from page charges) in future years when the policy is fully implemented.
Outlook for 2002
As we move into
2002 and beyond, the Society has been increasing its commitments through
a number of new agreements, with the Agribusiness Association of Australia
for the electronic publication Connections, with the American Agricultural
Economics Association through the Travel Awards, and with the University
of New England for the editorial office. The Council has endeavoured to
expand our sources of income while at the same time cutting costs where
possible. Member subscriptions were retained at the same level for 2002
so it is important to retain as many as possible of the new members who
join the Society each year. The renewed contract with Blackwell will add
significantly to our income when the share of subscription income from
institutions starts to flow and the policy to impose page charges for articles
published in the Journal is fully implemented. However, the Society
remains dependent on the financial success of the annual conference and
symposium for a significant part of our income.
AARES News and Views
AJARE EDITORS' REPORT to the 2002 Annual General Meeting
Chris O'Donnell and John Mullen
Editors - For the first six months of 2001 the editor was Geoff Edwards from La Trobe University. We took over the editorship in July 2001. We thank Geoff for leaving the Journal in good shape.
Relocation of Editorial Office and appointment of Administrative Assistant - The transfer of the AJARE/AARES Office from La Trobe to UNE took place in July. Honey Greenwood has been appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant and is contracted to work for AARES and AJARE for 2.5 days per week.
Submissions - The number of new and revised submissions in 2001 was similar to that in previous years. Although the flow of papers is satisfactory, we are still actively seeking high quality articles in any area of agricultural and resource economics. We are particularly interested in articles that focus on the relationship between resource industries and the community (eg. through environmental outcomes).
Acceptance rate down - In 2001, approximately 25% of papers were accepted, 25% were sent back for revision, and 50% were rejected (in the three years to 2000 the acceptance rate was approximately 33%).
Blackwell Publishers - The Journal is now produced out of Blackwell's Melbourne office. We continue to enjoy a good working relationship with Jennifer McDonald (Journal Publishing Co-ordinator), Elly Babic (Production Editor) and their staff.
Acknowledgments - We would like to thank the Associate Editors (Jeff Bennett, Garry Griffith, Ray Trewin, Paul Winters), the Book Review Editor (Graham Marshall), members of the Editorial Board, authors and reviewers for their contributions to AJARE over the last twelve months. Special thanks also go to the AARES/AJARE administrative staff, Julie Rowe and Honey Greenwood.
|Number of issues||4||4||4||4|
|Policy forum papers||6||5||7||2|
|Revise and resubmit||19||27||39||21|
|Papers under review at 31 Dec.||27||27||11||23|
a Includes editorial text and Blackwell advertising as per agreement with Blackwell.
b Book reviews and obituaries are not included; each resubmission of the same paper is counted separately.
decisions does not always equal papers received because some decisions
are made in respect of papers received in the previous year(s).
AARES News and Views
MANAGER: PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENTS REPORT to the 2002 Annual General Meeting
My first year as Manager Promotion and Development has been filled with the challenges of familiarising myself with the functions of the Executive Committee and the scope of the position, attempting a seamless transition from where Fredoun left off, and, most importantly, learning how to help serve the Society in two key areas:
a) growing and maintaining a viable membership base to support the products and services provided by the Society to members, andThis report addresses issues in these two areas. Note that many people have contributed to the new initiatives mentioned in this report.
b) ensuring that membership of AARES continues to create value for members.
At end of 2001 there were:
- 305 institutional subscribers
- 639 individual members, up from last years count of 624.
in member numbers occurred in South Australia, which hosted the 45th
Annual Conference of AARES, and in North America, reflecting interest in
the "Heading South" award and some energetic recruiting activity.
The pricing structure of the annual conferences and symposia is such that non-members register at a higher fee than members, the difference being equal to the cost of membership. These delegates are subsequently awarded membership in the same year of the conference or the following year, for Annual Conference or Annual Symposium delegates, respectively. The 45th AARES Annual Conference provided 71 new members and the 2000 AARES Annual Symposium provided 38 new memberships for 2001. (The 2001 AARES Annual Symposium will add 44 new members to 2002 membership). The Society also had a boost to membership numbers (26) through the AARES/Farm Management Society Central South Australia merger. Other recruitment strategies have involved promotion at conferences, and through branch activities.
The ongoing challenge to the Society is lapsing memberships. There were 168 individuals who where members in 2000 but didnt renew in 2001. The annual conferences and symposia draw in the bulk of new members, but the big challenge is getting them to renew their membership. This means that recruitment is not the only important promotion and development activity. Ensuring that the products and services on offer are valued by existing members is equally important when considering how to maintain a viable membership base - members will renew if they see that membership creates value for them.
In 2001 we were concerned about several errors in the processing of membership subscriptions, which are managed by Blackwell. Blackwell has been alerted to the problems and is responding to them constructively. In the meantime, members who do experience any difficulties associated with the processing of their membership subscription should notify the AARES Central Office. This will ensure that the Office is aware of the concern, and it will be followed up on the members behalf as promptly as possible.
2. Creating value for members new initiatives in 2001
The first issue of the new electronic publication of the AARES and the Agribusiness Association of Australia (AAA), called 'Connections: Farm, Food and Resource Issues, has been published. The name reflects its origins, its intentions and the medium. It is a joint product of AARES and AAA. It is intended that Connections will publish connecting material in farm and agribusiness, in marketing and management, in environment and resources in rural and regional Australia. Finally, Connections is the first electronic based, extension publication for both AARES and AAA.
Connections is innovative and experimental. AARES and AAA are launching Connections on a pilot basis; its interest and appeal to you the reader and potential writer will be assessed by both groups after 12 months. Connections represents a commitment by both groups to the extension of information about economic and business issues affecting rural industries, resources and communities. There are no costs to readers to download issues or articles during the pilot period.
The editors of Connections, Bill Malcolm and Glenn Ronan, are keen to receive feedback from you about published articles and issues. Your feedback may be published in the form of e-mail letters or comments in following issues. Up to four issues of Connections per year will be produced, with about half a dozen articles per issue. The ability to achieve this target will depend on Connections being appreciated by members of both AARES and AAA as an opportunity to extend research and thoughtful analysis about contemporary issues to a world wide audience. An open invitation is extended to any interested person to submit material. The Guidelines for Writers are located on the websites of both groups.
You can get access to Connections on the web-site of the Agribusiness Association of Australia at www.agrifood.info/Connections.
AARES-AAEA Young Professionals Exchange Travel Awards
AARES and AAEA offered two travel awards in 2001. The awards are intended for agricultural and resource economists in the early stages of their careers, in order to provide them with an opportunity for professional and personal development and international and professional and cultural exchange. Each award will has a value of US$2,000 to be used to assist the winner to participate in the annual conference of either the AARES or the AAEA. Applicants for both awards must be members of both the AARES and the AAEA.
It is some years since AARES produced a printed directory of members. As of October 2001, a searchable directory is available via the AARES web site (http://come.to/aares). The directory currently includes all financial members as of the 1st of October 2001. The directory has been available to members on a trial basis in 2001 to allow them to check their details and make any corrections or additions. Members also have the option to not be included in the directory. An updated directory will be available early this year.
The directory is searchable by surname only, one name at a time, in order to prevent people from obtaining the complete list of email addresses and harassing members with unwanted emails and advertisements. This means that its prime use will be by members wishing to contact other members. Password protection is not currently in place - at present the directory is freely accessible - but plans for its implementation are underway.
We are grateful to the Agribusiness Association of Australia for hosting the AARES directory page on its web site, in association with the new joint publication "Connections".
AARES News and Views goes electronic
A decision was taken in 2001 to pilot the electronic distribution of a new-look AARES News and Views (edited by Tracy Henderson), commencing early in 2002. It is anticipated that a complete transition to electronic distribution will occur before the end of this year. News and Views will be made available on the AARES web page and members will be alerted to its posting by email. The primary justification for electronic distribution is to reduce printing, postage and labour costs associated with the production of News and Views in hard copy form. To make a successful transition to electronic distribution, we need current email addresses for all members. Please help us ensure your current email address is on the News and Views mailing list by visiting the AARES membership directory and checking your details.
Enhancements to AARES Web Page
The Societys web page at http://come.to/aares continues to grow, evolve and improve. Web manager Dave Pannell has added or updated a number of sections, including the following.
What would it take to help branches operate in ways that deliver better services for members while being easier for branch committee members to manage? This was the question explored in 2001 through an informal survey of branch secretaries and presidents. The discussions helped me to learn more about branch activities, hear views on what direction branches should be heading in, listen to concerns and gather ideas on what sort of additional assistance might benefit the branch. A big thank you to those people who contributed ideas. A summary of the feedback I received is provided in the News and Views (November 2001). In the short term, the key areas of proposed action involve helping branches through measures that clarify a) the roles of office bearers on committees at both the branch and federal level and b) branch reporting responsibilities to the federal level of AARES (and vice vera). Efforts in 2002 will also focus on increasing branchs capacity to recruit members.
While not a new initiative in 2001, it is worth noting that it is proposed that a survey of all individual members be carried out in 2002 to obtain broader feedback on member satisfaction, information about the most and least useful benefits of membership, and suggestions for new products and services.
3. Your feedback wanted!
for its members your feedback is valued! Any comments on development
activities undertaken in 2001, proposed initiatives for 2002, or any other
suggestions on ways to improve benefits for members are always welcome.
Please direct comments to the AARES Central Office or contact me directly
(Lisa.Brennan or 07
AARES News and Views
47th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
12-14 February 2003, Fremantle, Western Australia
The 2003 Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in the heart of Fremantle. History, heritage, culture and art come together in the colourful 19th Century port city of Fremantle, making it one of Australia's most exciting destinations. Located just 20 minutes from the centre of Perth, the port is known for its rich cultural diversity and ethnic influences. Fremantle basks in a Mediterranean climate and offers what is arguably Western Australia's best alfresco nightlife. The Conference will run from Wednesday to Friday, with Pre-Conference workshops on the Tuesday. This will give delegates the opportunity to enjoy the weekend in Fremantle or to explore some of the attractions that the rest of Western Australia has to offer, two of the most famous of these being Rottnest Island and the Margaret River wine region located in the south-west of the state.
Call for Papers
All members and interested non-members are invited to submit titles for contributed papers. Contributed papers in all areas of agricultural and resource economics are welcomed. Submissions should be made to the Conference Organiser, All Occasions Management, whose contact details are provided below.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Call for Pre-Conference Workshops
You are invited to consider organising a workshop in conjunction with the Annual Conference. Pre-Conference workshops have become an important and integral component of the Conference. In the past they have taken a wide variety of forms, including:
If you have an idea for a workshop, we encourage you to contact Bill Malcolm (phone 03 8344 5015; fax 03 8344 4095; email b.malcolm). If your workshop would require financial underwriting (up to $2,500), please submit a formal application for underwriting to Bill for consideration at the May meeting of Council. In general, the requirement is for workshops to budget to at least break even. Support with organisation of venues and catering is provided through the Local Organising Committee.
For regular updates
about the conference see: http://www.general.uwa.edu.au/u/aares/conf2003.htm
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