President’s Corner
As I was preparing to write this column, I first read our Past President’s September note from last year. Lisa was noting that she hoped everyone had stayed safe in recent hurricanes and would not face too many issues with Irma. Unfortunately, Irma left a mark for all of us that attended the 2017 meetings in Jacksonville – at a hotel still repairing from the damage. And now, as I write this column in October, many in our region once again have been affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael. Again, we hope everyone stays safe and recovers quickly and can return to enjoying cooler temperatures, college football Saturdays, and the fall semester.

Although for some of us, the focus may be on weather for now, it is also time to prepare for the annual meetings. The upcoming SAEA Annual Meetings will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, February 2 – 5, 2019. We hope you will plan to join us this year. We look forward to the opportunities for research, teaching, extension, and industry professionals and graduate students to present to colleagues and discuss agricultural economic issues; and for undergraduates to participate in the Quiz Bowl, attend presentations, and network with colleagues at other universities. In addition, this year we continue the new tradition started last year and have special activities for graduate students. There will be a networking reception for graduate students on late Sunday afternoon (so plan on arriving early Sunday) and a special organized symposium or two focusing on student issues. Reports from last year’s activities were that fun was had by everyone at the reception, and that continued into the meetings as many people made new friends and colleagues that will continue for a long time.

I want to highlight the officer candidate bios and vision statements that are included in this newsletter. We have an excellent slate of candidates for both President-Elect and Director. I want to thank each of the candidates for their willingness to serve. You will receive instructions for voting soon, so please examine these bios closely and vote! The SAEA needs continued strong leadership to help deliver the outstanding programs our members have come to expect.

Finally, please remember to renew your membership. Membership in SAEA is inexpensive and the benefits are excellent! Renewal is easy using our portal found under the “Payments” button on the membership page, https://www.saea.org/membership/. I look forward to seeing all of you in Birmingham!

Deacue Fields, SAEA President

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
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Positions
University of Tennessee – Extension Specialist, Value-Added Agriculture Marketing

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