President’s Corner

It’s now the time of the year to begin considering attending and participating in the 2019 SAEA annual meeting to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, February 2 – 5, 2019. 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 of undergraduate research in the regular sessions. Last year we added a new reception and special organized symposia for graduate students to network with each other and faculty. Given the positive feedback from all involved, we will keep these activities and look forward to seeing more students join in. Remember to plan for graduate students to arrive in time for the Sunday afternoon networking reception. More details on these new events will be included in the next newsletter. We highly encourage graduate students to attend both to present research and make contacts for the future.

Membership and Finances
Membership in the SAEA continues to be strong. At our annual Executive Council meeting held in Savannah, GA, on June 7, it was reported that our current membership is 620 with 455 active faculty and 165 graduate students. This is a slight increase over the past year. Our financial position remains strong, with total assets as of May 31 totaling $269,416.43. Net worth has grown by over $100,000 in last five years.

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (JAAE)
Editors Michael Reed and Sayed Saghaian are doing a great job with the journal, including decreasing turnaround times for reviews. Thanks to all the hard work of the editorial team and our reviewers. We encourage everyone to use social media to share articles from the JAAE that they find interesting, as we continue to try to expand the reach of the journal. A key activity for the JAAE is our desire to see the journal achieve an impact factor and be listed in relevant indexes. 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. To enhance our application for an impact factor, we have listed the journal in the Emerging Sources Citation Index and Scopus. Cambridge University Press continues to work with us towards an application for indexing. Keep in mind the journal’s archive has now been digitized and is accessible via the Cambridge website at

Please make special note of all of the calls for 2019 annual meeting sessions and awards in this issue and begin making plans to attend. 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 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
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.





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

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