raineyPresident’s Corner
Fall is now upon us – an exciting time of the year with cooling temperatures, college football Saturdays, and new students on campus.  It’s also a time when we start to prepare in earnest for the annual meetings.  The upcoming SAEA Annual Meetings will be held February 4-7, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama.  We hope you will plan to join us this year.  The meetings have something to offer for everyone – opportunities for research, teaching, extension, and industry professionals to present to colleagues and discuss agricultural economic issues; for graduate students to present and network with others; and for undergraduates to participate in the Quiz Bowl, attend presentations, and network with colleagues at other universities.

A couple of things will be new at this year’s meeting.  First, we plan to have a meetings app you can download on your phone that will include the meeting schedule and allow you to customize your agenda, find sessions by subject matter, see who is attending, and get updates.  Second, this year we will try having two types of presented papers – one type will involve traditional 15-minute presentations and a second type will be “lighting round” presentations where presenters have 8 minutes to make quick presentations.  The idea of the “lighting round” presentations will be to allow more people the opportunity to quickly discuss their research, with time at the end of the session for in-depth discussion among those with similar interests.

Please note that September 19, 2016, is the deadline to submit proposals for selected papers, posters, and organized symposia.  The success of our meeting depends on the quality of submissions, so please submit a proposal and plan to attend the meetings.  Information on how to submit proposals is on the SAEA website at www.saea.org.  Mobile is a very charming city and I know Jeff Jordan is organizing a number of fun networking and social events for students, faculty, and industry partners.

Undergraduate participation at the SAEA meetings via the Quiz Bowl has been very strong in recent years, with a record number of students in 2016.  We want to see that continue!  Please encourage and support your students in coming to the meetings and participating.  Please also consider participating in the Recruitment Fair.  At just $100, it offers a great opportunity to recruit excellent students into your graduate programs.

The deadline for award nominations is also September 19, 2016.  Information on how to nominate yourself or someone else for an award can be found on the SAEA website at www.saea.org.  Award categories include Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Teaching of a Course Award, Distinguished Extension Program Award, Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, and Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award.  These awards are meaningful for the recipients and highlight the excellent work conducted by our colleagues.

Michael Reed and Sayed Saghaian are the new editors of the Journal of Agricultural and Economics.  Outgoing editors Andrew McKenzie and Krishna Paudel continue to handle submissions that came in prior to July 1 and Associate Editor Henry Kinnucan continues to handle review articles.  Special thanks to Michael, Sayed, Andrew, Krishna, and Henry for their much appreciated and outstanding service to the Journal.

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 all 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.

I also want to remind you 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.  I look forward to seeing all of you in Mobile!

Jeffrey M. Gillespie, SAEA President

Annual Meeting Registration
Registration for the 2017 annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama (Feb 4-7) is now open. Visit the Payments page to register online.

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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Position Announcements
University of Minnesota: Assistant or Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Farm Management

Texas A&M University: Assistant Professor – Energy Market Analysis and Decision Making

West Texas A&M University: Assistant Professor of Agricultural Business and Economics

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