President’s Corner
The February SAEA meetings are right around the corner and I look forward to seeing everyone in Louisville, Kentucky on February 1-4, 2020! In addition to being able to attend an excellent meeting, Louisville is a great place to visit ( let’s hope the weather stays good). The 2020 annual meetings will be held at the Omni Louisville Hotel. The deadline for booking hotel rooms at the group rate is January 16, 2020 at 5 pm EST. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) and asking for the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists group room block or online at Hotel room rates are: Single/Double $159; Triple $169; Quad $179 (SAAS group rates apply 3 days prior and 3 days after meeting dates, if rooms are available). Additional information can be found at

The annual meetings will have many teaching, research, and Extension related sessions discussing economic issues relevant and interesting for graduate students, faculty, and industry professionals. Undergrad students attending the meeting on their way to quiz bowl participation will have opportunities to listen to presentations and network with fellow students from other universities. They may even find a graduate school to further their education. In addition, we have industry panel session and policy session. The panelists from these two sessions will be available to interact with students. I encourage meeting attendees to arrive early enough to attend these and many other sessions as these should allow for more networking throughout the meeting. We also have two new student presentation sessions: 3MT and dissertation paper competition sessions. It is our first year of launching these two new presentation categories. I am looking forward to seeing students presenting in both categories.

The annual meeting program is finalized and can be found at here. This year, the program contains, 3 invited symposia (including the Emerging Scholars symposium), 7 organized symposia (including the Legends vs Quiz Bowl Champs), 168 selected papers, and 42 selected posters. If you have a selected paper/poster for the 2020 annual meetings, please don’t forget to upload it as a paper or Powerpoint file on the Conftool website (  before 11:59 pm CST Friday, January 17, 2020.

I want to thank Tim Woods for coordinating the invited and organized symposia sessions and Luis Ribera, Michael Vassalos and Chris Boyer for coordinating 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 2020 meeting. Please make plans to join us as we recognize colleagues during the Lifetime Achievement Awards breakfast.

I want to congratulate our newly elected SAEA officers: President-Elect David Anderson and Director Rebecca Dudensing, both at Texas A&M University. I very much look forward to working with these new officers whose terms will begin with the 2020 annual meetings. I also wish to thank Lynn Kennedy, Louisiana State University, and Sierra Howry, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, for their willingness to stand for election and serve in the leadership role. Both have provided much appreciated service to SAEA and I look forward to working with them more in the future. We had good responses for the SAEA election this year, with 200 total responses.

The association has also selected a new set of JAAE editors. Those are Carlos Carpio, Texas Tech University, Olga Massa, Virginia Tech, and David Willis, Clemson University. They will start their editorial responsibilities on July 1st, 2020 and serve as editors of the journal for three years. I congratulate the new set of editors for getting selected by the SAEA Executive Committee and I look forward to working with them. The association is very thankful for the job well done by Michael Reed and Sayed Saghaian for the last four years. They processed manuscript in the record speed and published quality issues on time throughout their tenure. Their term ends on June 30, 2020. The JAAE is an important contribution to the Agricultural and Applied Economics literature, and one of our association’s most valued services to our members. We appreciate the leadership and professionalism of both our past and present editors.

I want to thank Jeff Jordan, University of Georgia, and Nathan Smith, Clemson University, in advance for all of their work putting together the meetings.

I look forward to seeing you in Louisville!

Krishna P. Paudel
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Call for Paper Proposals
The NCCC-134 Committee on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management will host its 2020 Conference on April 20-21, 2020 in Louis, Missouri. Click for more information.


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