President’s Corner
Every fall semester brings new energy on college campuses. College campuses get crowded with many eager eyes that have the potential to change the world. Fall is the season of festivals and college football, and it happens to be my favorite season of the year as well. At LSU, my office is within a stone throw of the LSU Tiger Stadium, so football is in my mind as well. I also dread the season since it is an active hurricane season and many SAEA members live in the hurricane-prone region. When I started writing this column, Hurricane Dorian was passing through the coast of Carolinas. My heart aches for those people in the Bahamas who lost life and property. I am relieved that it did not cause significant damage to our friends and SAEA members located on the U.S. East Coast. As I finish this column, news came from Southeastern Texas that people there suffered the wrath of tropical storm Imelda. I hope they will recover soon. It is time to prepare for the annual meetings.

The SAEA Annual Meetings will be held February 1-4, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky. Our meeting will be held at the Omni Louisville Hotel, 400 2nd Street, Louisville, KY 40202. You can make reservations by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) and mentioning you are with SAAS (Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists). Alternatively, you can also use the lodging reservations link specifically for the SAAS conference. The deadline for the group rate is on January 16. I hope you will plan to join us this year.

The annual meetings will have many teaching, research, and Extension related sessions discussing economic issues relevant and interesting for graduate students, faculty, and industry professionals. Undergrad students attending the meeting on their way to quiz bowl participation will have opportunities to listen to presentations and network with colleagues from other universities. They may even find a graduate school to further their education. In addition, I am organizing an industry panel session and Mike Reed is organizing a policy session. The panelists from these two sessions will be available to interact with students. I encourage meeting attendees to arrive early enough to attend these and many other sessions as these should allow for more networking throughout the meeting.

I do hope many of you made submissions to the relevant categories of the 2020 annual meetings in Louisville, KY. SAEA director Luis Ribera informed the SAEA executive committee that there are a large number of quality papers and posters submitted for presentation consideration this year. We also have some submissions under 3MT and dissertation paper competition categories. It is our first year of launching these two new presentation categories. I hope these new categories will be attractive enough for our students to present their research work in the future. Tim Woods, our President-Elect, has also informed us about receiving several good quality organized symposium proposals. I am looking forward to listening to all these presentations. Louisville is a famous city known for the Kentucky Derby and KFC among other things so there are many things to do and see. I know Jeff Jordan is organizing several networking and social events for students, faculty, and industry partners to enjoy.

Undergraduate participation at the SAEA meetings via the Quiz Bowl has been the hallmark of our meeting success in recent years. Many universities beyond the southeast region participate in this competition. The association wants to see this success to continue! Please ask your department head or undergraduate program director to send students and support them to participate in Quiz Bowl. The SAEA executive committee has increased the travel grant to $150 per student. The objective is to make it less resource-demanding for departments to send undergraduate students to the Quiz Bowl.

The association has also received applications from many qualified candidates for an award under various categories: Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Teaching of a Course Award, Distinguished Extension Program Award, Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, Emerging Scholars, and Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award. These awards carry prestige, name recognition, and many years of high-quality work conducted by our colleagues.

Michael Reed and Sayed Saghaian will complete their editorial responsibilities on June 30, 2020. The association is looking for a new set of editors. The call was out in the June issue of the newsletter, and it is included again in this issue. Please send your application to me if you are interested in serving as editors.

Please also consider participating in the Recruitment Fair and Employment Booth. The Recruitment Fair offers an excellent opportunity to recruit outstanding students into your graduate programs at a very minimum cost of $100. This year I would also like to have businesses/companies to set up booths so that they can advertise their business as well as recruit qualified students to work for them. Please encourage business/companies within your network to come to the meeting and set up booths and interview qualified students for jobs.

Every year around this time, we ask volunteers to come forward to continue to make our association the best by running for available officer positions. We have received commitment from an excellent group of people who want to do that. Please read their bios and vision statement included in this newsletter. Candidates for President-Elect are David Anderson, Texas A&M and Lynn Kennedy, LSU and candidates for Director are Rebekka Dudensing, Texas A&M and Sierra Howry, University of Wisconsin, River Falls. I want to thank all of the candidates for their willingness to serve. You will receive instructions for voting soon, so please go through these bios and vote!

The SAEA needs continued strong leadership to help deliver the outstanding programs our members have come to expect. I also want to remind you to renew your membership. Membership in the SAEA is inexpensive, and the benefits are enormous! Renewal is easy using our portal found under the “Payments” button on the membership page.

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

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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Follow SAEA on Social Media
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Call for Paper Proposals
The NCCC-134 Committee on Applied Commodity Price Analysis, Forecasting, and Market Risk Management will host its 2020 Conference on April 20-21, 2020 in Louis, Missouri. Click for more information.

 

Positions

LSU – Assistant/AssociateProfessor in Forestry Economics

LSU – Professor and Dept Head in Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness

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