President’s Corner
I am encouraged to see 2021 already offering so many new beginnings. The disruptions of our past year have been beyond any of us could have imagined a year ago when we all met in person for our annual meetings in Louisville. Changes for all of us have presented both personal and professional difficulties. But I have also been extremely impressed at the resilience of our profession to respond to the bell – stepping up and adapting to meet the new needs expressed by students, our Extension communities, research communities, and public service. Food, agriculture, and natural resources have necessarily been front and center in the public discourse, both for food security, community development, and risk management for our farms and food supply chains. There has never been a stronger need for ag economists.

Our public health environment still limits us from much in-person meeting, but our SAEA membership has been resilient to keep engaged during this time of need when working together has been a critical as ever. While we are adapting with our first virtual SAEA meeting in 2021, there is good reason to hope that we will again be together in person next year.

We have a wonderful SAEA program this year. Although not being able to network and exchange as we prefer in person, we have the great advantage of having the sessions and activities much more accessible. I’ve noticed many professional groups engaging a much wider audience during this past year because travel costs and time were not as constraining. I invite you to step up and participate in our virtual program for 2021 and keep your engagements with the Association strong.

I would like to express my appreciation to our SAEA Board of Directors and Officers that have work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our Association thriving, including lots of planning and preparation for the upcoming meetings. I personally would like to thank Krishna Paudel for his efforts as past-President. We have a great system of Directors and Officers that depends heavily on volunteer service from those with a personal commitment to building a better Association for the benefit of all. Finally, I would like to thank Jeff Jordan. SAEA depends so heavily on his experience and administrative skills. He handles the diverse personalities of our SAEA leadership with masterful and humorous diplomacy. We owe him much as an Association

Tim Woods, SAEA President

Journal Distribution
The Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics is now published by Cambridge University Press as an open-access, on-line journal HERE.  Individual members of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association will continue to have access to past issues as part of their membership.

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Follow SAEA on Social Media
SAEA Executive Council is excited to launch social media sites promoting the association.  We are thankful for the dedicated service and creativity of the Outreach and Engagement Committee for creating additional outlets for SAEA members and supporters to network and engage.

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Positions Announcements
Assistant/Associate Professor (Forestry Economics) – Louisiana State University
PhD Research Assistants (two) – Texas Tech University
MS Research Assistant – Texas Tech University

News
We are pleased to announce the election of Rodney Holcomb from Oklahoma State University as the new in-coming President of SAEA and Mallory Vestal from West Texas A&M University as the new in-coming member of our Board of Directors.

Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR) call for papers

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

Address Changes/Email Signup
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