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It’s now the time of the year to begin considering attending and participating in the 2017 SAEA annual meeting to be held in Mobile, Alabama, February 4-7, 2017.  In accordance with that meeting, in this newsletter you will find calls for selected papers, selected posters, and organized symposia.  We strongly encourage you to submit proposals in one or more of these categories that address issues of interest to other agricultural economists, highlighting your research, extension, and/or teaching programs.  The SAEA annual meeting provides an excellent venue for you to inform others of your work and engage with others who have similar research, extension, and teaching interests.  Please also consider applying for or nominating a colleague or graduate student for one of the various SAEA awards.  You will find awards for outstanding teaching and extension programs, and outstanding Master’s thesis and Ph.D. dissertation.  These awards provide an excellent opportunity for you to be recognized for the outstanding work you are doing.

As he has done for a number of years now, Jeff Jordan is planning some fun social gatherings at the meetings.  We greatly appreciate all of the time and effort Jeff puts into planning these popular events.  As in past years, we will also continue to have opportunities for undergraduate student participation through Quiz Bowl, socials, and the presentation undergraduate research in the regular sessions.  Graduate students are also highly encouraged to attend.  They can benefit by presenting their research and networking with other graduate students, faculty, and potential employers.

Membership and Finances
Membership in the SAEA continues to be strong.  At our annual Executive Council meeting held in Asheville, NC, on June 9, it was reported that our current membership is 399.  This is fairly consistent with membership numbers over the past several years.  As expected, we do continue to lose library subscriptions due to the transition of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics to open access via Cambridge University Press.  Our financial position remains strong, with total assets as of May 31 totaling $181,001, up slightly from last year.

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (JAAE)
I want to give a hearty thanks to our editorial team, including Editors Andrew McKenzie and Krishna Paudel and Associate Editor Henry Kinnucan, who will be completing their terms in December.  They will discontinue processing new submissions as of July 1, when the new editorial team, Editors Michael Reed and Sayed Saghaian, transition in.  We thank Michael and Sayed for taking on the responsibility of leading the JAAE forward over the next 3 years.  The JAAE has undergone something of a transformation over the past several years as it has been converted to open access via Cambridge University Press.  We appreciate our editors’ role in working with the Press to ensure a high quality publication.  We are particularly appreciative of this editorial team for soliciting the submission of high-quality review articles on topics of identified interest from many of the most renowned economists in the agricultural economics profession.  We plan to continue this practice into the future.  Our goal for the JAAE is to have it indexed with the Thomson-Reuters Web of Science.  We know the JAAE is high-quality and respected in the agricultural economics profession, but indexing will be an important next step in verifying that to the greater scientific profession.

In accordance with our contract with Cambridge University Press, older archived JAAE articles (those published prior to 2015) will soon be removed from the AgEcon Search website.  You should have received an email from Cambridge University Press explaining how you will be able to obtain free access to archived JAAE articles.  I encourage you to go ahead and sign up if you haven’t already done so, enabling you to continue to have access to these articles.

Again, please make special note of all of the calls for 2017 annual meeting sessions and awards in this issue and begin making plans to attend the meetings.  I want to thank you for your involvement in SAEA.  Please contact me if you have any ideas or concerns that need to be address.  I look forward to seeing you in Mobile!

Jeffrey M. Gillespie, SAEA President

Calls for Nominations and Proposals
For information on the calls for 2017 Annual Meeting Selected Papers, Selected Posters and Organized Symposium proposals see the June newsletter. The submission deadline for all is September 16, 2016 at midnight EST.  Information on the calls for nominations of Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Professional Contributions awards are also in the newsletter.  The nomination deadlines are September 19, 2016.

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.

To ensure you do not miss any new content from Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, activate free content alerts at:  journals.cambridge.org/JAAE-alerts

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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International Conference of Agricultural Economists – 2018
Triennial conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)
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