raineyPresident’s Corner
The February SAEA meetings are right around the corner and I look forward to seeing you there!  In addition to being able to attend an excellent meeting, Mobile has a lot of amenities that make it a fun city, especially during the depths of winter.  The 2017 annual meetings will be held at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel on February 4-7, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama. The deadline for booking hotel rooms at the group rate is January 20, 2017.  Reservations may be made by attendees by calling 800-922-3298 and asking for the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists group room block.  Hotel room rates are $139 for single and double rooms and $149 for triple and quad rooms.  Additional information can be found at http://www.saasinc.org/2017-Mobile/Hotel-Info.asp.

The annual meeting program is finalized and can be found at

http://www.saea.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/prog2017.pdf

This year, the program contains four invited symposia (including the Emerging Scholars symposium), four organized symposia, 206 selected papers making up 41 “traditional” sessions and seven of the new “lightning round” sessions, and 45 selected posters.  I want to thank Lisa House for coordinating the invited and organized symposia sessions and Jody Campiche, Carlos Carpio, and Susana Ferreira for organizing the selected paper sessions.  I would also like to thank all of the award committee members for their hard work in selecting the award recipients for the 2017 meeting.  Please make plans to join us as we recognize three colleagues during the Lifetime Achievement Awards breakfast.

New this year at the SAEA meetings will be seven “lightning round” sessions and a new mobile phone app.  The “lightning round” sessions will feature more presentations than the traditional selected paper sessions with each presentation being limited to approximately 10 minutes.  Presenters will provide the most pertinent points of the presentation, generally not including extensive literature review or detailed model development, followed by questions.  The major advantage of these sessions will be the opportunity for the audience to be exposed to a number of research projects with the possibility of following up on details later for those with specific interest in a project.  The new mobile phone app will provide the program and updates as the meetings progress.  I want to specially thank John Michael Riley, Oklahoma State University, and Jeff Jordan, University of Georgia, for their work on this app.  As we proceed through the meetings, I and the other members of the Executive Committee will be very interested to hear your thoughts on both the “lightning round” sessions and the mobile phone app – your input will be useful for planning future SAEA meetings.

I want to congratulate our new SAEA officers:  President-Elect Deacue Fields, Auburn University, and Director Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University.  I very much look forward to working with these new officers whose terms will begin with the 2017 annual meetings.  I also wish to thank Michael Best, Tennessee Tech University, and Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee, for their willingness to stand for election.  Both have provided much appreciated service to SAEA and we look forward to working with them more in the future.  We had a solid response rate for the SAEA election this year, with 186 total responses.

If you have a selected paper for the 2017 annual meetings, please don’t forget to submit the full selected paper to the AgEcon Search website (http://ageconsearch.umn.edu) by Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  See you in Mobile!

Jeffrey M. Gillespie, SAEA President

Session Cancellation
The Southern Agricultural Economics Association pre-conference session entitled, “Southern Farms Financial Outlook and Extension’s Response to Tight Margins,” scheduled for Sunday February 5, 2017, 1:30-4:30 in Mobile, AL, has been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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.

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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.

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