The European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), Crete, organize the 120th EAAE Seminar on External Cost of Farming Activities: Economic Evaluation, Risk Considerations, Environmental Repercussions and Regulatory Framework to be held in September 2 – 4, 2010 (eaae120.maich.gr).

The seminar will focus on the external costs of farming activities with particular emphasis placed on both on-farm and external agricultural input use like pesticides, chemicals, water, animal waste in terms of damage control to farm output, adverse long-term effects on the environment, and consumers’ and operators’ health, as well as the effects of any imposed regulations on the use of inputs.

The aim of this seminar is to bring together interdisciplinary experts and researchers to debate on methodological and empirical issues regarding the assessment of indirect costs on on-farm and external inputs used today in the farm sector. Methodological, empirical, as well as policy-oriented papers, are invited for a comprehensive analysis of the aforementioned issues surrounding the “appropriate” input use.  The outcome will be the setting of an agenda with the necessary regulatory measures, ensuring the optimal use of pesticides from an individual and a social point of view.

The Conference will be hosted by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, which is located in Crete, 3 km south-east of Chania city centre, 13 km from the airport and 2 km from the port of Souda.

Participants who would like to present a paper are requested to submit an abstract by May 31st, 2010 at: baouraki@maich.gr.

The deadline for final registration is 30th June 2010.

Participation fees:
The fees have been set at 280 € and include an information package, a name tag, coffee breaks, 2 lunches, one welcome reception, one festive Cretan evening, a book of abstracts and bus transfers from the hotel to the conference centre of MAICh and back to the hotel.  Non-EAAE members have to pay their EAAE membership (45 € which covers the period until August 2011).

Contact persons:
Dr. George Baourakis

Carmen Clapan

Prof. Konstadinos Mattas