Congratulations to our new SAEA officers: President-elect – Jeff Gillespie, Louisiana State University and Director – Carlos Carpio, Texas Tech University. I look forward to working with these newly elected officers whose terms will begin with the 2015 annual meeting. I also want to thank John Robinson, Texas A&M University and Ram Acharya, New Mexico State University for their willingness to stand for election and their continued service to the SAEA.
The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held January 31 – February 3, 2015 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia. Please follow the link https://www.saea.org/payments/ to register for the annual meeting. Early registration ends on January 16th. A late fee will apply to all registrations after that date. Hotel room rates are $149/night single and double and $179/night triple and quad. The deadline to book hotel rooms at the group rate is Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm. You can make reservations by calling 1-800-937-8461 (identify yourself as a member of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists). Additional hotel information can be found at http://www.saasinc.org/2015-Atlanta/Hotel-Info.asp
The annual meeting program is finalized and available at http://www.saea.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/prog2015.pdf. This year the program contains 4 invited symposia (including the Emerging Scholars symposium), 11 organized symposia (including a symposium on the transition of the JAAE to Cambridge University Press), 187 selected papers and 38 selected posters. Thanks to Ron Rainey for coordinating the invited and organized symposia, and Dan Petrolia, Deacue Fields, and Jody Campiche for organizing the selected paper sessions. You will notice that this year the selected paper sessions have been organized and sequenced topically in an effort to reduce the likelihood of having two or more concurrent sessions built around similar sub-disciplinary topics. It is our hope that attendees will find this helpful as they select which sessions to attend. Many thanks to Dan Petrolia for all of the extra effort required to organize the selected papers in this manner. In addition to the above, I would like to thank all of the award committee members for their hard work in selecting the award recipients for the 2015 annual meeting.
If you have a selected paper for the 2015 annual meeting please don’t forget to submit the full Selected Paper to the Agecon Search website (http://ageconsearch.umn.edu) by Friday, January 16, 2015. I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta.
Barry Barnett, SAEA President
Assistant Professor – Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship, Auburn University
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