President’s Corner
It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve as incoming president of this exceptional association. My affiliation with the SAEA goes back about 25 years. I look forward to attending the annual meeting and volunteering for the professional activities of this association more and more each year.

Our recent annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama was a tremendous success! The meeting was well attended with 168 faculty (up from 164 in 2018), 120 graduate students and 110 undergraduate students. As always, Jeff Jordan put a lot of time and effort to coordinate all of the meeting logistics, including facilities, meals, and receptions. The association is thankful for his dedication to details and his desire for a rewarding and fun-filled professional meeting for all of us. Thanks to Sandra Blackwell and Amanda Hollar for working at the registration desk. Thanks also to John VanSickle and Nathan Smith who assisted with the planning and coordination of the annual meeting program. Susana Ferreira provided invaluable service in organizing the selected paper submission and review process. This was a new year with a new tool (ConfTool) to organize meeting papers, and Susana put much effort to make sure everything went as planned. I heard good things from members about the software so we may use it for future years too. Luis Ribera and Michael Vassalos coordinated the computers, projectors, and other information technology support during the meeting. Two hundred four selected paper submissions were received for the annual meeting of which 195 were accepted, and 169 presented. We also had 45 selected poster presentations this year. The outstanding poster award winners are listed later in this newsletter. Many thanks to Stephen Devadoss and Keith Coble who very graciously agreed to organize symposium sessions on contemporary topics of interest (trade and farm policy) for the annual meeting. Additionally, we had others who put together organized symposiums as well. Each of these sessions focused on topics of interest to a broad segment of our members.

I want to extend special thanks to Eduardo Segarra, John Westra, Mikael Sandberg, Chris Boyer, Tracy Boyer, and Tyler Mark for chairing SAEA committees. I appreciate their service to SAEA. They contributed substantially to the success of our association. Also thanks to the members of these committees who will continue to serve.

We had a record-setting year for quiz bowl with students participating from 21 different universities. Since 2014, at least 110 students have participated in quiz bowl each year (the previous record was 88 students in 2013). Quiz bowl has been a major activity and attention grabber for our association. I want to thank Dusty Menzies and Jerrod Penn, 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 for your service to the SAEA! The members of the winning quiz bowl teams are included under the list of award winners presented later in this newsletter.

Membership in the SAEA remains strong, with 647 members, and we expect more members to join through the AAEA membership registration portal. The SAEA income statement for January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, showed income of$118,137.89 and expenses of $106,178.06. Total assets as of December 31, 2018 were $264,910.81 with 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. Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech University; Dr. Mike Reed, University of Kentucky; and Dr. John VanSickle, University of Florida. Each has provided outstanding contributions to the profession and the SAEA, and we thank them for those contributions. The presentations at breakfast honoring their achievements during the annual meeting from each participant were unique and inspiring. Please make sure to watch their videos on the SAEA website in case you did not have a chance to listen to their presentations at the meeting in Birmingham. At the annual meeting, Alba Collart (Mississippi State University), Brandon McFadden (University of Delaware), and Ruiqing Miao (Auburn University) were recognized as 2019 SAEA Emerging Scholar award winners. Congratulations to the Lifetime Achievement Award and Emerging Scholar winners!

At the annual meeting, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics Editors Mike Reed and Sayed Saghaian reported that 107 new and 92 resubmitted manuscripts were handled in 2018. The average turnaround time was 53 days, and the acceptance rate was 26%. The Outstanding Journal Article Award for an article published in 2018 in the JAAE was presented to Jean-Paul Chavas, Guanming Shi, Richard Nehring, and Kyle Stiegert (2018). “The Effects of Biotechnology on Productivity and Input Demands in U.S. Agriculture.” JAAE 50(3) (August 2018): 387-407. JAAE Members rotating off the JAAE Editorial Council are Stephen Devadoss, Texas Tech University; Marc Ribaudo, USDA-ERS; Jesse Tack, Kansas State University; and Yuqing Zheng, University of Kentucky. The editorial council is expanding to include more international experts. Accordingly, the new council members are Bustanul Arifin, University of Lampung (Indonesia); Christopher Boyer, University of Tennessee; Bo Chen, Huazhong Agricultural University (China); Mariah Ehmke, University of Wyoming; Gokhan Ozertan, Bogazici University (Turkey); Jeffrey Reimer, Oregon State University; and Jill Stowe, University of Kentucky. I want to thank all of these individuals for their service to the JAAE. This year Cambridge University Press is applying for the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics to be included in the Social Science Citation Index and Science Citation Index Expanded (SSCI/SCIE). Based on the history of the journal, number of downloads, and number of citations of articles published in JAAE, I am optimistic the journal will be included in the index.

I want to provide special thanks to several people who have served our association. Lisa House completed her term as Past President at the February meetings. During her year as Past President, she provided leadership in the selection of the professional awards. Thank you, Lisa, for all you have done for the SAEA over the past several years. Deacue Fields completed his term as President at the February meetings. During his year as President, he provided excellent leadership in coordinating the many activities of the SAEA, too many to list here. Thank you, Deacue, and I look forward to continuing to work with you this year in your position as Past President. Susana Ferreira completed her term as Director at the February meeting. We appreciate her strong leadership in this very important role over the past three years. I am pleased to welcome Tim Woods, University of Kentucky, as our President-Elect, and Chris Boyer, University of Tennessee, as Director, to the SAEA leadership team. Each will serve three-year terms. If you have nominations for officers for 2017-2018, please send them to me or any other member of the Executive Committee. Also, please contact me at if you are interested in serving on an SAEA committee or you have a great idea to make our association even better.

Please mark your calendars now for next year’s annual meeting, to be held on February 1-4, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Let us make 2020 another successful year to remember! Thanks for your support to the SAEA and all its activities.

Krishna P. Paudel
SAEA president


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