Call for 2015 Emerging Scholars Awards
The Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) is soliciting nominations for 2015 “Emerging Scholar” awards. These awards are designed to highlight the work of high-performing early-career professionals in our profession. See the Awards page for more details.

Program – 2014 Annual Meeting (PDF)

Photos – 2014 Annual Meeting

Invited Symposia and Organized Symposia Abstracts

President’s Corner

Our recent annual meeting in Dallas was a tremendous success. The meeting was well attended with 167 faculty (up from 163 in 2013), 95 graduate students (up from 88 in 2013), and 126 undergraduate students (up from 93 in 2013).

Dr.  Barry  Barnett   ProfessorAgricultural EconomicsAs always, Jeff Jordan did a great job in coordinating all of the meeting logistics, including facilities, meals, and receptions. Thanks to Debra Belvin, Harvey Witt, and Blake Bennett for working the registration desk and to Blake for facilitating the Monday evening student reception and the Tuesday evening reception at the Dallas Federal Reserve. Thanks also to John VanSickle who assisted with the planning and coordination of the annual meeting program. Saleem Shaik provided invaluable service in organizing the selected paper submission and review process. 182 selected paper submissions were received for the annual meeting of which 150 were accepted for presentation. We also had 26 selected poster presentations this year. The outstanding poster award winners are listed on the Awards page.

This year the SAEA transitioned from invited paper sessions to invited symposia sessions. Many thanks to Glynn Tonsor, Rudy Nayga, and David Bessler who very graciously agreed to organize invited symposium sessions for the annual meeting. Each of these sessions focused on topics of interest to a broad segment of our members.

At the annual meeting, Tun-Hsiang (Edward) Yu (University of Tennessee), Nicole Widmar (Purdue University), and Matthew Interis (Mississippi State University) were recognized as 2014 SAEA Emerging Scholar award winners. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding early career professionals.

We had a record-setting year for quiz bowl with 126 students participating from 21 different universities. Since 2011, at least 88 students have participated in quiz bowl each year (the previous record was 94 students in 2011). Compare this to the period 2005-2010 when quiz bowl participation varied between 44 and 65 students per year. The members of the winning quiz bowl teams are included under the list of award winners presented on the Awards page.

For the past several years, Corey Miller has written the quiz bowl questions and organized the competition at the annual meeting. In January of this year, Corey left Mississippi State University to accept a position in the office of the Mississippi State Economist. On behalf of the SAEA, I would like to express both our appreciation for Corey’s many years of service and our best wishes for his new endeavors. When it became clear, that Corey would not be able to attend the 2014 annual meeting, Michael Best graciously agreed to step in and organize the quiz bowl competition. Many thanks to Michael, the quiz bowl advisors for each of the participating schools, and all who volunteered to serve as moderators, judges, or computer operators for the quiz bowl competition.

The Association income statement for January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 indicated income of $125,867.54 and expenses of $135,171.97. Expenses exceeded income due to a few “one-off” expenses including new quiz bowl equipment and the hiring of a consultant to work with the Executive Committee on negotiating a new publishing contract for our journal. Despite expenses exceeding income for 2013, the association remains financially sound. Due to growth in our investment account, total assets grew from $170,218.84 at the end of 2012 to $190,435.01 at the end of the 2013. The Association has no liabilities.

At the meeting in Dallas, Andrew McKenzie and Krishna Paudel, editors of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (JAAE), reported that the journal handled 154 manuscripts during 2013, 93 of which were new submissions. The average turnaround time for manuscripts was an impressive 51 days. The 2013 award for Outstanding JAAE Journal Article was presented to Jeffrey Reimer, Xiaojuan Zheng, and Mark Gehlhar for their article titled “Export Demand Elasticity Estimation for Major US Crops.”

In other JAAE news, six members have rotated off the editorial council. These are Giovanni Anania, Jean Paul Chavas, Patricia Duffy, Barry Goodwin, Catherine Kling, and Dawn Thilmany McFadden. These individuals are being replaced by Craig Landry, Ashok Mishra, Rudy Nayga, James Richardson, Alexander Sarris, and Loren Tauer. Please join me in thanking those who are rotating off the editorial council for their service to JAAE. Many thanks as well to the incoming members of the editorial council for their willingness to serve.

The JAAE is currently self-published by the SAEA. We contract with a technical editor and printer to produce both printed issues and pdf files of individual articles that are available online via AgEcon Search. These contracts expire at the end of 2014. As was discussed at the SAEA business meeting in Dallas, the Executive Committee has entered into negotiations with a major publisher to make the JAAE, beginning in 2015, the first fully online, open access, U.S. agricultural economics journal. The Executive Committee and JAAE Editors believe that this change will facilitate our goal of eventually having the JAAE indexed in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) Web of Knowledge while also maintaining (and likely improving) the financial viability of our journal. Once an agreement is reached, the SAEA and the publisher will launch a major educational effort to inform members about the benefits offered through this new partnership. Stay tuned for more information.

I would like to thank Parr Rosson, Past-President, and Marco Palma, Director, who each completed their terms at the 2014 annual meeting. We appreciate your service to the Association. Please welcome Ron Rainey, University of Arkansas, as President-elect and Jody Campiche, Oklahoma State University, as a new Director. As officer elections approach this summer, please think about possible nominees. We will be electing a President-elect and one Director. Each will serve a three year term. If you have nominations, please send them to me or any other member of the Executive Committee. Also, I am in the process of filling several SAEA committee openings. If you are interested in serving on an SAEA committee (listed later in this newsletter), please contact me at barnett@agecon.msstate.edu

Please mark your calendar now for next year’s annual meeting, which will be held in Atlanta, January 31 – February 3, 2015.

Barry Barnett, SAEA President

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