raineyPresident’s Corner
It is time to start thinking about submissions for the SAEA annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, Texas on February 6 – 9, 2016. The calls for selected papers, selected posters, and organized symposia are contained in this newsletter. Please submit a paper or symposium and start making plans to attend the meetings as well as bringing your students to this exciting location. Please note that the calls for various SAEA award nominations are also included in this newsletter. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague or graduate student for an SAEA award. Start making plans to participate in this growing annual event to network, learn, and engage. As usual, Jeff Jordan is planning some fantastic extra-curricular activities around the San Antonio Riverwalk. We thank him for his continued, dedicated service to the association.

Membership and Finances
The SAEA Executive Committee held its summer meeting in Savannah, GA on June 11th. SAEA membership continues to remain strong. Our current membership is 520 down slightly from last year. As we transition to Open Access (OA) we have lost a few library subscriptions since last year. Our financial position also remains strong with a modest increase in net worth over this time last year. Association assets as of May 31 were $175,228 which is up substantially from last year with $3,000 in outstanding liabilities.

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (JAAE)
First, I want to thank the editors for outstanding service to the association. They have worked tirelessly to maintain a high quality journal and to ensure a smooth transition to Cambridge University Press (CUP) for the JAAE. I also express gratitude to our immediate Past President, Wes Harrison, for dedicated continued service to the association during the final stages of the transition. While the journal’s publication with CUP began in January 2015, there still exist a few final pieces to be put in place in order to fully leverage this new partnership. The transition of all of the related service and promotional activities of JAAE are in its final stages. Scholar One has launched so that you can seamlessly submit articles to the journal with the last hurdle being completion of the electronic archival of all previous JAAE issues. SAEA leadership is in the process of finalizing mechanism by which individual members will register on CUP site to receive the Cambridge website.

JAAE is the first fully online, open access, agricultural economics journal in the United States. This affiliation with one of the world’s largest publishers of scholarly journals offers great potential for increasing awareness of our journal both in the United States and abroad. During both the February and June Executive council meetings, considerable discussion occurred on the best way to engage CUP to enhance the visibility of our association’s journal. Over the next few months we will be providing SAEA members with detailed information about what to expect from this new publishing arrangement. Our ultimate goal is to have the JAAE indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science. The primary advantage of being indexed is that the JAAE would receive an impact factor that is increasingly important as an indicator of journal quality. SAEA leadership is aware that throughout the indexing process that we must effectively engage CUP. To that end, we have designated a communications committee which will be tasked with on-going engagement with CUP and the Marketing Specialist assigned to promote our association. This committee will be chaired by the Past President.

With the transition of the journal to CUP, the Executive Council made a few changes to items that historically were published in the journal: presidential address, Lifetime Award winner presentations and organized symposia. As a result of this change, we have updated the website to prominently feature our Lifetime Award winners, Presidential address and Emerging Scholars going forward. Please visit our association’s website to view the new sections for our award winners. Special thanks to Director Carlos Carpio for his leadership developing the new featured sections on the website.

Again, please note all of the calls within this issue and start making plans to attend our 2016 Annual Meeting. Please contact me or any of the other members of the SAEA Executive Committee if you have questions, ideas or concerns that need to be addressed. Thank you for being an SAEA member. I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio.

Ron Rainey SAEA President

Annual Meeting Deadlines
Paper, poster and organized symposia submissions are now being accepted and will close at midnight EST, Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Award nominations are also due at that time. Registration will begin December 1, 2015.

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.

Position Announcements
Extension Assistant or Associate Professor, Agribusiness Marketing – Clemson University
Extension Associate or Full Professor, Production Management – Clemson University
Assistant Professor, Energy Market Analysis and Decision Making – Texas A&M University

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