Conferencing — WERA edition

I am sitting in the Las Vegas airport waiting to board my flight to Minneapolis having just left the last session of the Western Education and Research Activities conference that was held at the lovely Excalibur Hotel and Casino.  One participant traveled all the way from Nigeria to attend the conference.  It was great to see both old and new faces.  

For this group, I serve as the vice-chair, so I helped organize the conference along with the other members of the executive committee.  This year’s meeting featured presentations that focused on agribusiness teaching and learning outcomes as well as presentations on risk management in agri-food chains, global agri-food chains, and entrepreneurship and marketing.We had a pretty good turn out of 24 members, but we would always like a few more.  We had a nice discussion during out business meeting about how to increase participation for future meetings.  I think we got some good ideas and I am excited to try them out for the next meeting, which will be held in Santa Clara, CA next year.  

Next week I head to Atlanta for the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association meetings where I will be presenting some research from one of my graduate students.  Now if I could just finalize the presentation….