K-State Staff and Students Among AAEA Award Winners

Members of K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics take home awards at the 2014 AAEA annual meeting.

Two Kansas State University faculty members and four graduate students in the Department of Agricultural Economics received awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting, hosted July 26-29, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The AAEA is a not-for-profit association serving the professional interests of members working in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics.

Brian Briggeman, associate professor and Arthur Capper Cooperative Center (ACCC) director, was awarded the AAEA’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Less than 10 Years’ Experience. This award recognizes and encourages meritorious performance in undergraduate and graduate teaching in agricultural or applied economics, as defined by the AAEA vision statement. By receiving this award, Briggeman is honored for his dedication to students and his passion for teaching.

Mykel R. Taylor, assistant professor, was awarded an AAEA trust scholarship award, the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)-AAEA Young Professional Exchange Program Heading South Award. Taylor’s award allowed her to travel to Australia and continue active research in comparing forward contracting in wheat, and the cost associated, to Australia’s agricultural industry practices. Researchers from Australia also come to the United States as a part of this exchange and award program.

Graduate students Michelle Estes, Emily Mollohan and Steven Ramsey received first place in the Graduate Student Case Study Competition with advisor Aleksan Shanoyan, assistant professor. The Case Study Competition is a long and prestigious tradition for the AAEA and allows graduate students to test their communication skills and their ability to apply their knowledge of agricultural economics and agribusiness subjects to practical situations. Every year, groups of students have a chance to show off their skills and win prize money, as well as the honor of being a competition winner.

Graduate student Melissa McKendree placed first in the Graduate Student Extension Competition with mentor Glynn Tonsor, associate professor. Each year, the Extension Section in collaboration with the Graduate Student Section puts on the Graduate Student Extension Competition. This competition provides graduate student competitors the opportunity to develop extension and outreach programs from their research.

For more information regarding the AAEA, its awards and selection criteria, visit aaea.org (https://www.aaea.org/about-aaea/awards-and-honors/aaea-annual-awards/aaea-annual-award-winners/2014-aaea-annual-award-winners).


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by:
Shelby Alyssa Mettlen
K-State Research & Extension

For more information:
Amanda Erichsen, Communications Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University – aerichsen@ksu.edu or 785-532-6994


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