President’s Corner
Fall greetings to all the SAEA community. I hope whatever your endeavors, as a teacher, student, researcher, business leader, or agency professional are proving to be fruitful. I extend well wishes to all from our SAEA Board as we strive to put ourselves each in a position to thrive, engage, and help those in our various circles. A local food systems project that I’m working with has a theme “building better beyond”, an idea I’ve tried to extend to many things I’m working with. How can we build on our learnings and necessary pivots during this difficult time to position ourselves to have better programs for outreach, teaching and research on into the future? We’ve all had to learn new tools to do our work. And I’m extremely grateful to the many colleagues that have helped me across our profession. While challenges have been real,so many new collaborations and opportunities have opened up during this past year.

SAEA will be moving toward planning a virtual conference in February. This probably comes as little surprise. We all face uncertainties this winter. And while we are hopeful for a speedy resolution to the difficult public health circumstances, we are trying to balance hopeful planning with practical reality. We have been very fortunate to have contractual obligations for our Texas meetings released for SAAS and we’ll intend to return to that site for an in-person meeting soon. This gives us considerable flexibility financially.

The show will go on. Thank you to all who have submitted various proposals for consideration of presentation. The Board has been vigilantly working through these and we’re encouraged by the quality and number of submissions. Our committees are also working on our various awards programs and the opportunity to recognize the many achievements across our profession.

We will be communicating out shortly our notifications of acceptance for qualified submissions. I am hopeful that as many of you as possible that are extended invitations to present in the program will commit to join us. I have been in communication with our WAEA counterparts regarding their successful on-line program and have had very helpful direction from their program team. SAEA is committed to make this a valuable professional exchange function and we look forward to all of you participating. We have had very encouraging news for the Journal of Ag and Applied Economics from Cambridge University Press. After mutual exploration of our partnership we are committing to another long-term contract. Details are being finalized. We should recognize the hard work of our editorial board and our Cambridge liaison for working out the details. Stronger communication and promotion of the JAAE articles, including through social media, will be part of the new efforts to strengthen the journal. We encourage all of you to utilize the JAAE asan outlet for your work. Look for Twitter sharing for both the Journal (@JAAE_Journal) and the Association (@SAEA_Economics). Follow us!

Fall is the season for SAEA to begin to look to future leadership. You will notice in the newsletter election details for both our incoming President and incoming Director. We are fortunate to have outstanding candidates for both. Please review these bios and give your thoughtful feedback through your vote.

I do look forward to our meetings in February. It’s been a year like no other in my 25 years as a faculty member. I am convinced that engagement in SAEA is as important as ever before. We need to continue to share the good work we are doing with each other, encourage each other through continued collaborations, and celebrate the great professional accomplishments across all stages of work.

Thank you for your support of SAEA.

Tim Woods, SAEA President

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Journal Distribution
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Follow SAEA on Social Media
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The SAEA 2021 Election is now underway.   You must be a member in good standing to vote.

University of Arkansas to create new center for price risk management

The NCCC-134 Committee on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management will host its 2021 Conference on April 19-20, 2021. Call for papers

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