The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) will be held concurrently with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS)

February 13-14, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana

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“Climate Change, Agricultural Food Systems, Rural Livelihoods, and Resilience”



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Meeting Registration Information


The SRSA registration policy for the annual meeting is that all participants at the annual meeting must pay the registration fee either in advance or on-site. No exceptions. If paying online, you will need to complete the registration form link and the PayPal payment. 


The registration fee includes:


  • admission to all SRSA concurrent sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions, and keynote addresses

  • admission to the SRSA awards luncheon and Presidential address

  • a one-year membership to the Southern Rural Sociological Association


Advanced Registration

Registration fees (paid before February 1, 2022)


                                                SRSA fee          SAAS fee          Total fee

Professional member:           $100                $60                  $160

Retired member:                    $70                  $60                  $130

Student member:                   $60                  $5                    $65


On-site Registration

Registration fees (after February 1, 2022 or paid upon arrival at the meeting)


                                                SRSA fee          SAAS fee          Total fee

Professional member:           $130                $60                  $190

Retired member:                    $100                $60                  $160

Student member:                   $90                  $5                    $95


Payment may be made to the SRSA by U.S. check or money order or through the PayPal link above.


Cancellations of ‘advance registration’ will be refunded, less a $30 processing fee.

2022 Theme

“Climate Change, Agricultural Food Systems, Rural Livelihoods, and Resilience”


President Buddhi R. Gyawali, Kentucky State University 

For decades, the rural South has suffered from the negative effects of an aging farmer population, declining communities, retreating industries, a degraded environment, a crumbling infrastructure, and the lack of vital health and educational technology, including broadband. The COVID-19 pandemic is still part of our lives, with no firm end in sight, and recovery from the detrimental impacts is slow. Climate change-prompted droughts, wildfires, freezes, and floods (as well as accompanying food insecurities) are continuously affecting agricultural food systems and supply chains, disproportionately influencing the underserved and limited-resource farmers in the South. These shocks will continue to stress and challenge rural and urban populations, policymakers, academics, research, and Extension professionals in the South, as well as nationwide. It is imperative to study the scale, magnitude, and spatial extent of impacts of such shocks in the livelihoods of local communities with different demographic and geographic variations. Various forms of community resilience and innovative, collaborative initiatives for knowledge coproduction for better decision-making to mitigate such situations are emerging. It is worth sharing the many success stories of university-farmer collaboration to identify social, emotional, physical and economic needs, effective use of social media, and virtual technologies for developing sustainable agricultural practices. The Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) 2022 Annual Meeting is a forum to share scholarly work that studies the impacts of such shocks on the agricultural food system and supply chain, rural vulnerabilities, and alternative mitigation and adaptation strategies at the different footprints of rurality. We also anticipate papers and panels that discuss the importance of social and place-based theories in studying poverty, human-environment relationships and decision-making, climate injustice, and in studying inequitable access and opportunities to resources and federal agricultural and community development programs.  


To participate in the 2022 meeting, people are invited to submit a title, list of authors and affiliations, and an abstract of 150 words to the Program Chair, Eleanor Green, using the link below by December 1, 2021. Paper, poster, and panel submissions are welcome.