In new role as AAEA president, Caswell visits Capitol Hill

Resource Economics professor Julie Caswell, who this month began a one-year term as president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), visited Capitol Hill on Aug. 1 to encourage funding of research in agricultural, resources and food areas.

Caswell gave a lunch seminar on the House side as part of a series by the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research and a briefing on the Senate side.

“I spoke about my research on the economics of risk-based food safety systems and how it’s been funded,” Caswell said. “AAEA’s D.C.-based partner, the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE), also set up meetings for me with staff members of the Massachusetts delegation.”

Caswell is a member of C-FARE’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panels on Consumer Concerns about Food, Health and Safety. The panel provides short- and long-run insights about food safety, quality, and health to policy makers, stakeholders, media, and food, agricultural and resource economists.