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AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM: LESSONS FROM THE OLD MILLENNIUM

By Jr. Harold M. Harris

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It is appropriate as we enter a new century that we reflect on the past one since our profession is nearly 100 years old: the American Association of Farm Economics was formally created in 1910. "Savvy through one hundred years of progress and experience" is one description that comes to mind. "Geriatric" is another word that might fit. I intend to highlight some broad topics that have occupied agricultural economists' teaching and research over the past 100 years, to reflect in a little more detail about our thoughts over the past 12 years as revealed in the presidential addresses at AAEA and SAEA annual meetings, to make some rather terse comments about current important issues as they relate to the issues of the past, and to conclude with some advice for the younger members of our profession and our association that may be of value in the new century. I emphasized the word may, because I am much less certain about the wisdom of my beliefs today than if I had been given the opportunity to give this talk 18 or even 11 years ago.Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession,

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