President’s Corner
The February SAEA meetings are right around the corner and I look forward to seeing everyone in Jacksonville! In addition to being able to attend an excellent meeting, Jacksonville is a great place to visit (and we have requested nice weather for everyone to enjoy). The 2018 annual meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront on February 3-6, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. The deadline for booking hotel rooms at the group rate is January 20, 2018. Reservations may be made by attendees by calling 1-888-421-1442 and asking for the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists group room block or online at https://aws.passkey.com/e/16345711 Hotel room rates are $139 for single through quad occupancy, February 1-7, 2018. Additional information can be found at http://saasinc.org/2018-Jacksonville/Hotel-Info.asp The annual meeting program is finalized and can be found at http://www.saea.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SAEA-final-program-2018-1.pdf

This year, the program contains a pre-conference session on Sunday organized by the Southern Farm Management Extension Committee, 2 invited symposia (including the Emerging Scholars symposium), 7 organized symposia (including the Legends vs Quiz Bowl Champs), 233 selected papers making up 40 “traditional” sessions, 12 “lightning round” sessions, and 62 selected posters. I want to thank Deacue Fields for coordinating the invited and organized symposia sessions and Carlos Carpio, Susana Ferreira, and Luis Ribera 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 2018 meeting. Please make plans to join us as we recognize three colleagues during the Lifetime Achievement Awards breakfast.

We have new activities planned at the meeting especially for graduate students. On Sunday afternoon, we will hold a reception and networking mixer for graduate students. This event promises to be fun and make it easier to meet people during the rest of the meetings. In addition, the graduate student committee has planned two symposia on professional development (in addition to all of the wonderful graduate student presentations). Back from last year will be the lightning rounds, which allow more presentations in a shorter time period, allowing presenters to focus on the main points of the research and encouraging follow up discussion for those interested in the topics. Also back will be the mobile phone app that provides live updates and pictures from the meeting. We again thank John Michael Riley, Oklahoma State University, for his help with the app. I also want to thank Jeff Jordan, University of Georgia, and John VanSickle, University of Florida, in advance for all of their work putting together the meetings.

I want to congratulate our new SAEA officers: President-Elect Krishna Paudel, Louisiana State University, and Director Michael Vassalos, Clemson University. I very much look forward to working with these new officers whose terms will begin with the 2018 annual meetings. I also wish to thank Marco Palma, Texas A&M University, and Mohammed Ibrahim, Fort Valley State University, 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 record response rate for the SAEA election this year, with 206 total responses.

If you have a selected paper for the 2018 annual meetings, please don’t forget to submit the full selected paper to the AgEcon Search website (http://ageconsearch.umn.edu) by Wednesday, January 17, 2018. See you in Jacksonville!

Lisa House, 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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International Conference of Agricultural Economists – 2018
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