President’s Corner

It’s now the time of the year to begin considering attending and participating in the 2018 SAEA annual meeting to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, February 2-6, 2018. In the June 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. This year we will be adding some special events for graduate students to network with each other and faculty. 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 in the SAEA continues to be strong. At our annual Executive Council meeting held in Charleston, SC, on June 8, it was reported that our current membership is 424. This is a slight increase over the past year. Our financial position remains strong, with total assets as of May 31 totaling $215,331.54, up slightly from last year.

Thanks again to our past Editors Andrew McKenzie and Krishna Paudel, the transition to our new editors Michael Reed and Sayed Saghaian has gone smoothly. Submissions remain steady compared to prior years and average turnaround time for reviews has decreased to under 2 months! 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 certain activities planned for the upcoming year, including listing in the Emerging Sources Citation Index and Scopus. Cambridge University Press has also added PSC Publishing, a third-party that can provide print-on-demand service for users of the journal who would like to obtain issues or articles in print. Keep in mind the journal’s archive has now been digitized and is accessible via the Cambridge website at

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 Jacksonville!

Lisa House, SAEA President


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International Conference of Agricultural Economists – 2018
July 28 – August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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