Agronomy, crop, and soil science societies to meet Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in Seattle


Hundreds of sessions involving Biosecurity, GMO Crops, Conservation, and Science Education highlight the event

MADISON, WI -- The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) will hold their Annual Meetings, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, WA, under the theme, "Science to Secure Food and the Environment."

Over 300 scientific sessions, 75 symposia, and 2,800+ research papers/posters will be presented. More than 4,000 delegates from 100 countries are expected to be in attendance. These include scientists, researchers, academia, extension agents and students. Featured scientific topics include:

  • Farming for More Nutritious Foods
  • Genomics and Plant Breeding
  • Plant Diversity
  • Fertilizing Crops
  • Precision Conservation, Precision Agriculture
  • International Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals and Hormones in the Environment
  • Conservation Agriculture
  • Soils and Wetland Assessment & Management
  • Grazinglands: Research and Education

The searchable schedule for presentations of the scientific papers are available online as part of the Annual Meetings Program Book, searchable by author, title, university/institution/agency, keyword, day and time. The Program Book is available at:

The Annual Meetings activities begin Sunday, Oct. 31 with the popular Plenary Session at 7pm featuring Mark Drabenstott, Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank, who will present, "Trends for Agriculture and Rural America." On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Wendell Berry, farmer, writer, and conservationist, will present a lecture on "Renewing Husbandry" at 3:30pm.

A full slate of technical sessions during the week that cover such topics as plant genomics, turfgrass science, international agriculture development, soil nutrient management, and sustainable agriculture are scheduled through noon on Thursday, Nov. 4. The event also features exhibits, guided tours, and the ability to earn Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Adviser and other ARCPACS certification programs.

For more information or to register and make housing reservations for the Annual Meetings, visit or call the Societies at 608-273-8080 for the Preregistration Brochure.

Media representatives and public information officers can apply to receive complimentary registration for access to all technical sessions and the Press Room. Please e-mail, fax, or mail your name, company, address, phone, and e-mail address to: Sara Uttech. A Press Room will be located as part of the Career Placement Center at the Convention Center, Ballroom 6C. For an abstract CD of the presentations, interviews with Annual Meeting presenters, and/or press releases of the sessions, contact Sara Uttech 608-268-4948. Also available to members of the media/public information officers is online access to the Annual Meetings' abstracts. To receive your name and password to access this searchable resource, contact Sara Uttech.

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