November 2018

Dr. Gary W. Williams served as the Keynote Speaker at the 6th Annual National Congress on Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics and the 1st Congress on the Environmental Economy of the Northeast (to Congreso Nacional de Economía Agrícola y de los Recursos Naturales y 1er Congreso de Economía Ambiental del Noroeste) in Texcoco, Mexico.  This conference was organized by The Division of Economic and Administrative Sciences (DICEA) of the Autonomous University of Chapingo (Texcoco), the University of South Baja California (UABCS), and the Economics Program of the Postgraduate University (Texcoco)).

His presentation, "El impacto de las importaciones de aguacate Mexicano en la economía de los EE.UU.,"  focused on the economic benefits of avocado imports into the U.S.

Dr. Gary Williams with Dr. Jaime Matus Gardea, Colegio de Postgraduados, (left) and Dr. Ramón Valdivia, UACH (Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo) (right).


September 2018

AFCERC Co-Directors Co-recipients of the FDRS Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and Communication!

Dr. Oral Capps, Jr. and Dr. Victoria Salin (both Co-Directors of AFCERC), along with Dr. Rafael Bakhtavoryan, Assistant Professor at TAMU Commerce and Aramayis Dallakyan, TAMU Department of Agricultural Economics PhD candidate, were awarded the Food Distribution Research Society's Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and Communication for their piece entitled "The Use of Time-Series Analysis in Examinig Food Safety Issues: The Case of the Peanut Butter Recall."

This award recognizes  outstanding basic or applied research in food distribution and marketing. Selection is made from Journal of Food Distribution Research articles published between annual conferences.



August 2018

Dr. Gary W. Williams was selected as a host and presenter for the Agricultural and Applied Economics 2018 Annual Meeting - Post-Conference Workshop on "The Convergence of Policy Issues in Produce Research: Labor/mechanization, NAFTA, and the Food Safety Modernization Act."  Dr. Williams', entitled "The Benefits of U.S. Imports of Mexican Avocados" was presented in order to better understand the impact of NAFTA and explore trends in produce trade.



July 2018

Dr. Gary W. Williams was the featured speaker at the joint Kangwon National University(KNU)/Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Scholarship Program in Global Agricultural Economics at KNU in Chuncheon, South Korea on July 16. The participants included government officials from all over Africa, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia who are funded by their respective governments to get training in international agricultural development. Dr. Williams’ presentation on “U.S. Farm Policy and Developing Countries” was extremely well received.



Routledge International Handbooks released the book The Routledge Handbook of Agricultural Economics edited by Gail L. Cramer, Krishna P. Paudel, and Andrew Schmitz.

"This Handbook offers an up-to-date collection of research on agricultural economics. Drawing together scholarship from experts at the top of their profession and from around the world, this collection provides new insights into the area of agricultural economics." ~ Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Co-Director Oral Capps, Jr., and AFCERC Associates Ariun Ishdorj, Senarath Dharmasena, and Marco A. Palma, all of Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, are the featured as authors of Chapter 5: Economic ramifications of obesity. Get your copy today!


June 2018

Dr. Victoria Salin, Co-Director of AFCERC, recently supervised the 3-week study abroad course Agri-Tourism, Market Research, & Exploration: Study Abroad in South Africa and eSwatini (Swaziland). Faculty members and students alike from Texas A&M University and University of Tampa had a wonderful time exploring the land and learning all about agricultural in the region.  How exciting!


Dr. Gary W. Williams, Co-Director of AFCERC, presented his selected paper "Generic Promotion of Sorghum for Food and Industrial Use" at the 2018 International Food Marketing Symposium held in Bournemouth, UK.  This symposium is held annually to provide a "forum where academic food marketers can meet to advance the discipline of academic food marketing."


April 2018


"Expiration of Dates and Order Quantities for Perishables" authored by Michael Ketzenberg, Gary Gaukler, and Victoria Salin was published in the European Journal of Operational Research (Volume 266, Issue 2). To access the journal article click here.


February 2018


The United Sorghum Checkoff Program kicks off their 10-year anniversary celebration. Take a look to see the mention of AFCERC's independent evaluation on return on investment!


January 2018

Pearson released the 7th Edition book of Introduction to Agricultural Economics authored by John B. Penson, Oral, Capps, Jr., C. Parr Rosson, III, and Richard T. Woodward, all of Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. Get your copy today!


November/December 2017

Dr. Oral Capps, Jr. and Dr. Gary W. Williams presented their research on producer return on investments entitled "Producer Return on Investments in Sorghum Research, Promotion, and Information: An Updated Analysis" at the fall 2017 United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board meeting.  To find out more about this research click here!


"The National Economic Contribution of Generic Food and Agricultural Product Advertising and Promotion" authored by Oral Capps, Jr., Gary W. Williams, and Daniel Hanselka was published in the Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing (Volume 30, No. 2). To access the journal article click here.

"Understanding Spending Habits and Buying Behavior of the American Muslim Community: A Pilot Study" authored by Oral Capps, Jr., Asma Ahad, and Peter S. Murano was published in the Journal of Food Distribution Research (Volume 48, Issue 3). To access the journal article click here.

"Establishing Dynamic Expiration Dates for Perishables: An Application of RFID and Sensor Technology" authored by Gary Gaukler, Michael Ketzenberg, and Victoria Salin was published in the International Journal of Production Economics (Volume 193). To access the journal article click here.


October 2017

Dr. Victoria Salin and Master of Agribusiness Student Tracy Obi had the wonderful opportunity to meet Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and 2017 World Food Prize Laureate at the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium held in Des Moines, Iowa. Congratulations to Dr. Adesina!

To find out more about Dr. Adesina and the World Food Prize click here.


August 2017

In August, Dr. Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, Principal Scientist and Leader of the Africa-wide Aflasafe at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, gave his presentation (hosted by AFCERC) on "Safer Crops, Better Health, and Higher Income: Ground-Truths from Development to Scaling-Up of Aflatoxin Biocontrol in Africa."  Very interesting work!


June 2017

Dr. Victoria Salin awarded the 2017 IFAMA Fellow Award!

This year at the 2017 International Food and Agribusiness Management Association's (IFAMA) World Conference, Dr. Victoria Salin received the 2017 IFAMA Fellow Award. "The designation of Fellow is awarded to active supporters of the Association for outstanding contribution to food and agribusiness management..." (

Congratulations to Dr. Salin on her accomplishment!


March/April 2017

AAEA Member in the News - Dr. Gary W. Williams

Recently, Dr. Williams, was highlighted in the March edition of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association's Member in the News. Take a look here!

Testifying to Congress and the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture

Dr. Gary W. Williams, along with a number of experts in the agricultural industry, testified before the House Agriculture Committee in February to discuss the nature of international market development programs administered by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service.


Feedstuffs - "Export promotion programs pay dividends"

This Feedstuffs article is based on the February 2017 House Agriculture, subcommittee on livestock and foreign agriculture hearing.

Press Releases related to the Economic Impact of USDA Export Market Development Programs Report:

U.S. Wheat Associates - Report

KTIC - "New study shows higher return on investment from overseas market development programs"

The Cattle Site - "Value of USDA Export Market Development Programmes Examined"


February 2017

Avocados: Healthly for You and the U.S. Economy

In Volume 29 - Issue 2, the Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing released the publication "The National Economic Benefits of Food Imports: The Case of U.S. Imports of Hass Avocados From Mexico," written by Dr. Gary W. Williams, Dr. Oral Capps, Jr., and Mr. Daniel Hanselka. This study conducted an economic impact analysis of the benefits of U.S. imports from Mexico and how that affects the U.S. economy.


Ag Exports Count - "Developing New Markets Around the World"

This article is based on the 2016 econometric study of export demand commissioned by USDA Foreign Agricultural Services and conducted by Information Economics, working with Texas A&M University and Oregon State University economists, including Dr. Gary W. Williams.


October 2016

Master of Agribusiness Program Top Ranked!

The Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program in the Department of Agricultural Economics, lead by Director Victoria Salin, was ranked by Eduniversal as the #7 worldwide and the #2 U.S. Best Masters Agribusiness program. Congratulations!


September 2016

Congratulations are in order for Co-Director, Dr. Victoria Salin!

Dr. Salin was selected to receive a 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Association of Former Students and Texas A&M University. This prestigious award is given to outstanding members of TAMU's faculty and staff for their commitment, performance, and positive impact. Congratuations, Dr. Salin!


"Examining Vegetable Plate Waste in Elementary Schools by Diversity and Grade" authored by Oral Capps, Jr., Ariun Ishdorj, Peter S. Murano, and Maureen Storey was published in Health Behavior and Policy Review (Volume 3, Number 5). To access the journal article click here.


July 2016

Report released on the Economic Impact of USDA Export Market Development Programs

This study, conducted by Dr. Gary W. Williams, Texas A&M University; Dr. Jeffrey J. Reimer, Oregon State University; Dr. Rebekka M. Dudensing, Texas A&M Unversity; Dr. Bruce McCarl, Texas A&M University; Dr. Harry Kaiser, Cornell University; and Joseph Somers, Vice President, Informa Economics, IEG, evaluated the impacts of the United States Department of Agriculture's Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program using guidelines contained in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-94.

Press Releases related to this study include:

USDA Export Market Development Programs: MAP and FMD Partner for Economic Growth

1C Export Market Development Programs Increase Farm Income and Jobs

U.S. Wheat Farmers Participate in USDA Export Promotion Programs that Boost U.S. Farm Export Value by 15 Percent, Create Thousands of Jobs







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