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The Economics of Agricultural and Rural Ecosystem Services

Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Workshop
June 12-13, 2012
Lowell, MA

Abstract Deadline (Extended): February 15, 2012

The 2012 NAREA Workshop on the Economics of Agricultural and Rural Ecosystem Services will be held at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell Conference Center, in historic downtown Lowell, immediately following the NAREA Annual Meeting. The NAREA Annual Meetings will take place on June 11-12, followed by the Workshop on June 12-13. The Workshop may be attended either alone or in combination with the preceding Annual Meeting.

The workshop will include keynote addresses from recognized experts in the field, selected paper presentations chosen on the basis of submitted abstracts, and in-depth working sessions. A special issue of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (ARER) will be published from workshop papers accepted after an expedited version of the journal's peer-review process. An honorarium of $1,000 will be provided for selected papers upon submission to ARER, and the workshop will cover page charges for accepted papers. The conference committee will also be seeking to publish workshop results in a full-length, edited book for policy audiences, with chapters composed by workshop participants.

Topics for Selected Papers
Rural and agricultural ecosystems both provide and rely upon a broad array of ecosystem services. Beyond the provision of food, fiber and fuels, examples of agro- and rural ecosystem services include nutrient cycling, pollination, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and recreational opportunities. Because most of these services are realized outside organized markets, they are often unmanaged, underappreciated, and unvalued. Evaluation of agro- and rural ecosystem services can help ensure that policy decisions consider the full relevance of these ecosystems to social welfare and rural sustainability. The goal of the 2012 NAREA Workshop on the Economics of Agricultural and Rural Ecosystem Services is to convene recognized and emerging experts to debate and advance research on the economic analysis and valuation of rural and agricultural ecosystem services, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary coordination across social and natural sciences and development of policies and institutions for sustainable agriculture and rural communities.

The workshop committee is seeking papers that advance the frontiers of economic analysis related to agricultural and rural ecosystem services (and disservices). This includes papers that (1) elucidate the linkages between economic research and practical information on ecosystem services required to inform policy, (2) evaluate the provision and value of services provided by agricultural and rural ecosystems, (3) develop and evaluate mechanisms for ecosystem service markets and payments for ecosystem services, and/or (4) otherwise address the role of ecosystem services in sustainable agriculture and rural community development and welfare. Although the emphasis is on US applications, relevant work from outside of the US will also be considered. Top priority will be given to papers that incorporate well-conceptualized empirical applications.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Authors wishing to have a paper considered for the NAREA Workshop should submit an extended abstract by Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

The file should contain the following information:

Cover page with:

  • title of paper;
  • name, address, e-mail address and phone number of paper presenter or primary contact;
  • name and institutional affiliation of paper presenter and co-author(s); and
  • 4-6 key words.

Separate pages with:

  • title of paper; and
  • extended abstract (1500 words maximum; title and any references cited are in addition to this word limit).

Abstracts that do not comply with these guidelines will be returned without review. Additional formatting details will be provided on the submission website. Electronic acknowledgements of submissions will be sent to all submitters. Abstracts will be reviewed by the NAREA Workshop Selected Papers Committee in terms of the significance to the field, strength of methodology/design, and clarity of writing.

Authors will be notified of the status of their abstract by March 31, 2012. Full papers must be received from notified authors by May 15, 2012, to be included in the workshop's program. Each selected paper presentation will have 30 minutes. ARER must receive papers by July 15, 2012, to be considered for expedited review and in order for authors to receive honoraria. Major financial support for the workshop comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) grant #2011-67023-30913.

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