raineyPresident’s Corner
Congratulations to our new SAEA officers: President-elect – Lisa House, University of Florida – and Director– Susana Ferreira—University of Georgia. I look forward to working with these newly elected officers whose terms will begin with the 2016 annual meeting. I also want to thank Phil Kenkel, Oklahoma State University and Joey Melhorne, University of Tennessee at Martin for their willingness to stand for election and their continued service to the SAEA. The election response was solid with 198 association members participating which is our 3rd highest participation rate.

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held February 6 – 9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in Texas. Please follow the link https://www.saea.org/payments/ to register for the conference. Hotel room rates are $139/night for single, double, triple and quad lodging rooms. The deadline to book hotel rooms at the group rate is Friday, January 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm. You can make reservations by calling 210-222-1234 (identify yourself as a member of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists). Additional hotel information can be found at http://saasinc.org/2016-SanAntonio/Welcome_page.asp

(Editor’s Note: the Hyatt Regency is out of SAAS reduced-rate rooms. Click here for overflow hotel information.)

The annual meeting program is finalized and available at http://www.saea.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/prog2016.pdf. This year the program contains 4 invited symposia (including the Emerging Scholars symposium), 6 organized symposia, 228 selected papers and 58 selected posters. Thanks to Jeff Gillespie for coordinating the invited and organized symposia, and Deacue Fields, Jody Campiche, and Carlos Carpio for organizing the selected paper sessions. You will notice that this year we have continued to organize and sequence the selected paper sessions topically in an effort to reduce the likelihood of having two or more concurrent sessions built around similar sub-disciplinary topics. It is our hope that attendees will find this helpful as they select which sessions to attend. Many thanks to Deacue Fields for all of the extra effort required to organize the selected papers in this manner. In addition to the above, I would like to thank all of the award committee members for their hard work in selecting the award recipients for the 2015 annual meeting. Make plans to join us as we recognize our colleagues during the lifetime achievement awards breakfast.

I am excited to announce that SAEA has formed an outreach and engagement committee to work with the executive committee to enhance SAEA’s outreach efforts throughout the year. The committee is chaired by Margarita Velandia (University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and includes John Michael Riley, Oklahoma State University, Mohammad Ibrahim, Fort Valley State University and Joshua Maples, Oklahoma State University/graduate students). The committee’s initial charge is to engage in developing a social media presence and strategy for SAEA. SAEA hopes to leverage synergies with the region’s departments, Cambridge University Press and AAEA to enhance our visibility.

If you have a selected paper for the 2016 annual meeting please don’t forget to submit the full Selected Paper to the Agecon Search website (http://ageconsearch.umn.edu) by Friday, January 22, 2016.

I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio.

Ronald Rainey, SAEA President

New Journal Distribution
The Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics is now published by Cambridge University Press as an open-access, on-line journal HERE.  Individual members of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association will continue to have access to past issues as part of their membership.

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Follow SAEA on Social Media
SAEA Executive Council is excited to launch social media sites promoting the association.  We are thankful for the dedicated service and creativity of the Outreach and Engagement Committee for creating additional outlets for SAEA members and supporters to network and engage.

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Position Announcements
Assistant Professor – Tennessee Tech University
Assistant/Associate Professor – California State University Monterey Bay

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