President’s Corner
The 2021 virtual annual meeting was a great success! Your Executive Committee, under the leadership of Tim Woods, did a great job of transitioning the meeting to virtual delivery. I want to thank everyone for making the 2021 annual meeting go as smoothly as possible and without any major technical glitches. Nearly 400 total attendees registered for the annual meeting, which is close to average attendance. We had many high-quality papers, posters, and symposiums presented including Lifetime Achievement and Emerging Scholars awardees. Congratulations to the Lifetime Achievement Awardees Barry Barnett of the University of Kentucky, Burt English of the University of Tennessee, and Lisa House of the University of Florida. Congratulations to three Emerging Scholars, John Bovay of Virginia Tech University,
Elizabeth Canales of Mississippi State University, and Karen Lewis-DeLong of University of Tennessee. Also, congratulations to all the 2021 award and competition winners. It is great to recognize the contributions and high-quality work of our members to the profession and our region. Overall, the virtual format worked out very well, but I still look forward to meeting in person again.

Many people who serve the association contribute to the success of our annual meeting, including the Directors, officers, committee chairs, and committee members who develop the program and recognize outstanding achievements from across the association. Jeff Jordan once again did an excellent job coordinating the meeting logistics and providing wise counsel during a time of uncertainty. Tim Woods did a great job steering the association through the uncharted waters of a virtual annual meeting. I want to thank the Executive Committee members for their roles in making the annual meeting successful and for their faithful service during the disruption of the past year. Special thanks to Director Michael Vassalos for his excellent job of coordinating paper and poster submissions and Directors Chris Boyer and Rebekka Dudensing for their contributions in making the process and presentations go smooth. Thank you to members who rolled off SAEA committees following the annual meeting, including Michael Vassalos, Kim Jenson, Aaron Smith, Mathew Interis, Naveen Adusumilli, Denis Nadolnyak, and Ariun Ishdorj. Each played an important role in the success of the meeting. Many thanks to all of you who contributed to our association’s success!

The success of this year’s virtual meeting is also due to the efforts of Matt McFadden. Matt handled all the IT and webpage for the meeting. Of all the virtual meetings and conferences I attended. I thought ours went the smoothest. Thank you Matt!

The Quiz Bowl competition was impacted the most by going virtual with about half the participation in the Quiz Bowl as normal. Still, we had a great group of students compete and congratulations to the winners (listed later in the newsletter). Thank you to Co-Chairs Dusty Menzies and Jerrod Penn and 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!

SAEA total membership is down compared to a year ago. Membership dues are typically renewed at the annual meeting and through AAEA. Our current active membership is 485. The association’s financial position is strong with total equity of $368,193 as of May 31, 2021. This is an increase of $25,138 from the end of 2020 and an increase of $102,015 from May 31, 2020. Meeting expenditures were significantly less than budgeted due to holding the annual meeting virtually. SAAS negotiated with the Irving Convention Center to move the annual meeting in Irving, Texas to 2025 with no cancellation fee. This saved the association a significant expense in 2021. SAEA remains highly solvent and is in sound financial position to hold the 2022 annual meeting in-person.

Special thanks to several people who have served SAEA and completed their terms at the annual meeting. Krishna Paudel completed his term as Past President providing leadership in the selection of the asociation’s professional awards. Thank you, Krishna, for all you have done for the SAEA over the past several years including being the catalyst for two new competitions, the 3 Minute Thesis and the Dissertation Job Market Paper. Tim Woods completed his term as President where he provided excellent leadership during an extraordinary time. His  contributions in coordinating SAEA activities were many and he provided stable leadership in making important decisions for the association including negotiating a new JAAE publisher contract. Thank you, Tim, I look forward to continuing to work with you this year in your position as Past President. Michael Vassalos completed his term as Director and chairing the Selected Papers and Posters Committee for the February meeting. We appreciate his solid leadership in this very important role over the past three years. I am pleased to welcome Rodney Holcomb of Oklahoma State University as our President-Elect and Mallory Vestal of West Texas A&M as Director to the SAEA leadership team. Each will serve three-year terms.

I also want to recognize the work of our JAAE editorial team, Carlos Carpio, Olga Isengildina-Massa, and David Willis. They continue to shepherd an outstanding set of papers through publication in our journal. Six members of the Editorial Council have completed their three years of service: Wade Brorsen Oklahoma State University, Danny Campbell, University of Stirling (UK), Zhen Chen, University of Georgia, Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan (Canada), Wuyang Hu, Ohio State University, and Ric Scarpa, Durham University (UK) We wish to thank them for their service. The following are new Editorial Council members: Samerandu Mohanty, International Potato Center (Vietnam), Julieta Frank University of Manitoba (Canada), Songqing Jin, Michigan State University, Wei Zhang, Virginia Tech, Alcido Elenor Wander, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Brazil), and David Hughes, University of Tennessee- Knoxville.

Below in this newsletter you’ll find the calls for awards, papers, posters, competitions, and organized symposiums for the 2022 annual meeting. I encourage everyone to submit a proposal and share the great work being done. Give some thought to someone you know doing great work who should be nominated for an award.

After many years, we are returning to New Orleans, one of my favorite places, for our annual meeting. Mark your calendars now for next year’s annual meeting, to be held February 13-15, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Let’s make 2021-22 another successful year to remember! Thanks for your support to the SAEA and all its activities. I look forward to seeing you all there!

David Anderson, SAEA President

Journal Distribution
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News
Call for Papers and Award Nominations-SAEA Annual Meeting

The 2022 SAEA Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans on February 12-15, 2022. A dedicated website is now available for SAEA members to book their hotel rooms online at the New Orleans Sheraton. Reservations can be made at https://book.passkey.com/e/50200467 or call Sheraton Reservations at 888-627-7033. Be sure to ask for the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists’ group rate.

Call for papers – NCCC-134 conference, April 25-25 2022

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