President’s Corner

The 2018 SAEA annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida was exceptional! There were 418 attendees, including 164 faculty / career professionals, 139 graduate students, and 115 undergraduate students. This represents the second highest number of attendees on record and the highest number of graduate students ever. Undergraduate student attendance and participation in the Quiz Bowl remains strong.

I want to thank all of the committee chairs, committee members, and the SAEA Board for all of their hard work in planning a successful meeting. Special thanks goes to a number of people, including but not limited to the following. As he has graciously done for many years now, Jeff Jordan did an excellent job coordinating the meeting logistics, including receptions, meals, facilities, and general planning. John VanSickle helped in coordinating the meeting, as well as handling the program logistics. Carlos Carpio coordinated the selected paper and poster submissions and the review process. Luis Ribera and Susana Ferriera coordinated the computers, projectors, and other information technology support during the meeting. Members rolling off SAEA committees this year include Carlos Carpio, Mike Woods, Steven Klose, Lurleen Walters, Greg Fonsah, David Willis, Nathan Smith, and John Michael Riley, each of whom played an important role in the success of the meeting.

The Quiz Bowl competition was a tremendous success under the leadership Committee Chair Maria Bampasidou, as well as the Quiz Bowl advisors for each of the participating schools and the many volunteers who moderated, judged and/or helped with IT support for the Quiz Bowl. Thanks to all of you for your service to the SAEA! I want to thank Todd Davis and the Southern Farm Management Extension Committee for organizing the Pre-conference Financial Outlook session and Andrew Muhammad for organizing an outstanding invited symposium session on Agricultural Trade. Each of these sessions focused on pertinent issues for our membership.

The SAEA has had an extraordinary increase in membership and participation. Paid membership increased by 31 in 2017 to 366 paid members. We also document those who have participated in SAEA activities but are not current members. We had 437 of those participating professionals, bringing our total membership and active participants to 828, an increase of 237. The SAEA income statement for January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, showed income of $124,130.04 and expenses of $96,084.73. End-of-2017 total assets of $261,168.67 were up significantly from end-of-2016 total assets of $208,251.82. The SAEA has no liabilities.

The SAEA was pleased to offer recognition for both lifetime achievement and early career achievement in agricultural economics. Individuals receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award were Dr. Kim Jensen, University of Tennessee; Dr. Wade Brorsen, Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Darrell Bosch, Virginia Tech University. Each has provided outstanding contributions to the profession and to the SAEA and we thank them for those contributions. The presentations at the breakfast honoring their achievements during the annual meeting from each participant were unique and inspiring. Emerging Scholar Award winners were David Ortega, Michigan State University; Naveen Adusumilli, Louisiana State University; and Abigail Okrent, USDA Economic Research Service. Each made research presentations at the Emerging Scholars session. Congratulations to the Lifetime Achievement Award and Emerging Scholar winners!

At the annual SAEA meetings, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics Editors Michael Reed and Sayed Saghaian reported that 198 manuscripts were handled in 2017, 109 of which were new submissions, up from 98 in 2016. The average turnaround time was 47 days. The Outstanding Journal Article Award for an article published in 2017 in the JAAE was presented to Kent Kovacs and Alvaro Durand-Morat. JAAE Members rotating off the JAAE Editorial Council are Michael Adjemian, Sandra Hoffman, Subal Kumbhakar, Fabien Prieur, Glynn Tonsor and Henry Kinnucan – Associate Editor. They are being replaced by Wade Brorsen, Danney Campbell, Jill Hobbs’ Wuyang Hu, Ric Scarpa and Chen Zen. I want to thank all of these individuals for their service to the JAAE.

I want to offer special thanks to a number of people. First, I want to thank Ron Rainey for filling in and providing an overview of my Presidential address at the annual meeting. Jeff Gillespie completed his term as Past President at the February meetings. During his year as Past President, he provided leadership in the selection of the professional awards. Thank you, Jeff, for all you have done for the SAEA over the past several years. Lisa House completed her term as President at the February meetings. During her year as President, she provided excellent leadership in coordinating and initiating many activities of the SAEA, too many to list here. Thank you, Lisa, and I look forward to continuing to work with you this year in your position as Past President. Carlos Carpio completed his term as Director at the February meetings. We appreciate his strong leadership in this very important role over the past three years. I am pleased to welcome Krishna Paudel, Louisiana State University, as our President-Elect, and Michael Vassalos, Clemson University, as Director, to the SAEA leadership team. Each will serve three-year terms. If you have nominations for officers or interest in serving on an SAEA committee for 2018-2019, please contact me or any other member of the Executive Committee. My email address is Please mark your calendars now for next year’s annual meeting, to be held January 31 – February 5, 2019, in in Birmingham, Alabama. Let’s make 2019 another record-setting year!

Deacue Fields, SAEA President

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