President’s Corner
I hope you are having a restive yet productive summer. For me, summer is a time to plan for next year’s activities and finish academic work from the previous year.

Talking about the next year’s activities, please plan to attend the SAEA annual meeting to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 1-4, 2020. I strongly encourage you to submit proposals for selected papers, selected posters, and organized symposium sessions. If you are a graduate student, please submit your thesis idea for the 3MT presentation, or job market or equivalent paper for presentation and award considerations. These two programs are newly initiated by the association this year. If you are an undergraduate student, please talk to your advisor about attending the meeting and participating in the quiz bowl competition. If you are a professional, in addition to paper/poster/organized symposium session submissions, please consider submitting your package or nominating your colleagues for various research, teaching, and extension awards. I would also like to request department heads to nominate outstanding thesis, dissertation, and faculty for emerging scholar award considerations.

Jeff Jordan has been planning social and other activities for us to enjoy and network at the meeting. Jeff puts an incredible amount of time to make the meeting fun filled and productive for all. The association will continue to provide all the activities it has been offering in the past. In addition to these activities, we are planning industry and policy sessions. The industry session is the association’s attempt to attract agricultural economics graduates who work in the corporate sector. We are also inviting policy makers (or their aides) to the meeting so that all of the meeting attendees can have the first-hand experience of how policies are made in the federal and state levels. Further, all of the panelists in the industry and policy sessions will stay to interact with graduate students at the reception on Monday evening.

Membership and Finances
SAEA membership stands strong and is growing. At our annual executive meeting held in Asheville, NC, on June 6, 2019, Jeff Jordan reported that our current membership is 647. This membership number is a slight increase from the last year. Our financial positions remain strong, with total asset rounding to $290, 946 as of May’s end, a slight increase from the previous year.

Journal
The journal is in good hands with co-editors Michael Reed and Sayed Saghaian, University of Kentucky. Manuscript turn over time is 53 days, and the acceptance rate is 26%. The journal has been getting a large number of submissions, so the state of the journal is very robust. Thanks to all the hard work of co-editors, reviewers, editorial teams, and of course, the authors. Our main challenge is to get in the SSCI index. Cambridge University Press has applied to indexing, so we need to wait and see the outcome, which is due in Fall 2019. If we get in the indexing, it would be the significant achievement for the journal and the association.

Like all the good things in life, Mike and Mehdi will complete their term on June 30, 2020. The association gratefully acknowledges their tireless effort and exceptional service to make JAAE one of the best journals in the profession. The association needs a new set of co-editors to replace them. Please consider applying for the editorship. The call is included in this issue of the newsletter.

Candidates for President-elect and Director
The EC has identified candidates, and these individuals have agreed to be the candidate for president-elect and director for next term. Lynn Kennedy, Louisiana State University, and David Anderson, Texas A&M University, will be running for the president-elect position. Sierra Howry, University of Wisconsin River Falls and Rebekka Dudensing, Texas A&M University will be running for the director position. The winner will serve the association for three years. You will have a chance to read their vision statements in the September issue of the newsletter. If you are interested to serve the association as president-elect or as a director in the future, please contact me or other in the SAEA Nominating Committee.

Award Amount Increased
The EC members at their meeting in Asheville, NC also noticed that the award amount for different categories has been stagnant for many years. Accordingly, the EC members have unanimously voted to increase the amount for various categories of the award as follows:
• Quiz bowl winner: First Place – $200 per person, Second Place – $100 per person, Third Place – $50 per person
• Outstanding dissertation award: $300
• Outstanding thesis award: $200
• Quiz bowl travel grant: $150 per student
• Ph.D. student job market paper competition award: First place – $300, Second place – $200, Third place: $100
• 3MT thesis presentation competition award: First place – $200, Second place: $150, Third place: $100
• Emerging scholar award: $300 per person

New Activities
The SAEA is well known for providing opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Our quiz bowl program is well known among agricultural economists in academia. Twenty-two universities brought their students for the quiz bowl competition last year. Often times, graduate students present their first professional conference paper at the SAEA meeting. To formally recognize graduate student presentation in a significant way, we are starting two new programs from 2020 onward. The first is called the 3MT thesis presentation program. Students will give a 3-minute long presentation on their thesis topic. Judges will evaluate and rank performances for the first, second, and third place awards. Jim Larson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will chair this committee. The second is called the Ph.D. student job market or equivalent paper presentation competition program. Ideally, we would like to see Ph.D. students in their final years present their job market or equal quality paper. The paper and the presentation will be combinedly judged by the committee consisting of four people. The ad hoc chair of this committee is the SAEA president. Thus, I will serve as the committee chair this year. Monetary award and certificate will be given to first, second, and third place winners.

Before closing, on a somber note, on behalf of the association, I would like to express my heartfelt condolence to the family of Dr. Georgeanne Artz, Iowa State University. She passed away in April after losing her battle with cancer. Georgeanne brought a dedicated group of undergraduate students to compete in the quiz bowl competition every year during the last few years. Her presence will be greatly missed at the meeting. May her soul rest in peace.

I want to conclude by thanking committee members, officers, journal co-editors, reviewers, and others who work tirelessly to make SAEA the best. I greatly appreciate all you do for the association. I like to express my special thanks to Jeff Jordan and Nathan Smith for their excellent service as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. Please feel free to contact me if you have any ideas or concerns that need to be addressed. I look forward to seeing you in Louisville.

Krishna P. Paudel
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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