The Association has a regional center and three funded programs involving research and extension activities which are supported in part with federal funds managed within the region. The following are continuing management entities that are related to these programs. The Experiment Station members of these groups are appointed by the Chair of the Association.
- Southern Rural Development Center: Representatives to the Board of Directors.
- Regional Integrated Pest Management Policy Committee: Develops policy and calls for proposals for regional IPM projects.
- Southern Aquaculture Center, Board of Directors: Sets policy and solicits and awards proposals for this regional program.
- Southern Regional Pest Management Center: Links regional and national programs; establishes scope of annual programs, solicits proposals and makes awards.
The SAAESD also has representation on the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Administrative function.