President’s Corner
As I was preparing to write this column, I first read our Past President’s September note from last year. Jeff noted that fall was arriving, a time to look forward to cooler temperatures, college football Saturdays, and new students on campus. This year, we unfortunately add to that list preparation for hurricanes. We hope all of our SAEA members stayed safe in Harvey and will stay safe in Irma’s path. Although for some of us, the focus may be on weather for now, it is also time to prepare for the annual meetings. The upcoming SAEA Annual Meetings will be held February 2-6, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. We hope you will plan to join us this year. We look forward to the opportunities for research, teaching, extension, and industry professionals and graduate students to present to colleagues and discuss agricultural economic issues; and for undergraduates to participate in the Quiz Bowl, attend presentations, and network with colleagues at other universities.

In addition, this year we will have a special focus on graduate student activities at the meetings. An ad-hoc committee of graduate students (Michael Jones, NCSU; Joanna Karavolias, Florida; Michelle Segovia and Bachir Kassas, TAMU; and Samane Zarebanadkoki, Kentucky) are preparing special organized sessions focusing on issues related to graduate student life. In addition, we are planning a networking reception on late Sunday afternoon for graduate students. We encourage departments to have graduate students arrive early enough to attend as this promises to be fun and allow for more networking throughout the meeting.

Please note that September 18, 2017 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. Jacksonville is a great 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. 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 18, 2017. 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.

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 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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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
July 28 – August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
For more information, see: www.icae2018.com/

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