Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group

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The purpose of the GFASG is to bring together AAG members who have mutual interests In the geography of food and agriculture.

The mission of the GFASG is to be instrumental in creating networking opportunities for students and faculty who study food and agricultural geographies but may be spread across disparate subdisciplines of geography. This specialty group will also provide an intellectual home for the multiplicity of exciting studies being conducted surrounding issues of food and agriculture in every type of space: rural, urban, exurban, and wild. The group will also facilitate the sharing of ideas and relevant information among its members and others; stimulate research and intradisciplinary partnerships; and provide awards to facilitate research In the geographies of food and agriculture. The GFASG will also encourage, facilitate, and sponsor the organization of paper sessions and discussion panels at the annual meeting of the AAG.

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Nathan McClintock
Portland State University

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Graduate Student Research Award

Call for Proposals

2015 Graduate Research Grant Competition

The Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) invites proposals for the 2015 Graduate Research Grant Competition. The competitions are designed to support graduate students' ability to conduct preliminary research for their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. The awards are competitive; applications are judged on the basis of scholarly merit of the project, organization and clarity of the proposal, and qualifications of the student to conduct the proposed work.

Each applicant must be a student member of the GFASG at the time of application (student dues are $2), and the proposed project should be part of her/his thesis or dissertation research. This year's grants will be made at $500. They may not be made if no proposals are deemed suitable.

Entries undergo review by the Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group's Executive Committee. A complete application must be sent electronically (as a single .docx or .pdf file) to Dr. Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern ( no later than December 1, 2014.

The application is available on the Geography of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group's website: The application consists of a proposal, an itemized budget, and a one-page synopsis of the curriculum vitae. The proposal should present the research question, outline the methods and data employed, and summarize the expected results and significance of the project.

The winners of the competition will be contacted on or around March 1, 2015, and the competition results will be announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago, during the GFASG Business Meeting. Please address questions or requests for clarification to Dr. Minkoff-Zern (

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