Wendell Berry to give 'Renewing Husbandry' lecture during scientific meetings in Seattle


His presentation Nov. 2 will focus on conservation to an audience of agronomists, and crop and soil scientists

Wendell Berry
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MADISON, WI Wendell Berry, well-known author, farmer, and often provocative speaker, will present a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 2 beginning at approximately 3:40pm at the Sheraton Hotel, Grand Ballroom AB. Hailed as America's most eloquent and prolific defender of traditional rural life and small-scale farming, Berry will be one of the featured speakers during the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America. The event is free and open to the public with limited seating available. The Sheraton Hotel is located at 1400 Sixth Ave. in Seattle.

Wendell Berry was born in 1934 in Henry County, KY, where he still lives and farms. He attended the University of Kentucky, from which he has a B.A. and an M.A. in English. Off and on he has been a teacher, mostly at the University of Kentucky. He has published "a good many books," several of which are collections of essays dealing with agriculture. His most recent books are: "Citizenship Papers" (essays) and "That Distant Land: The Collected Stories." Shoemaker & Hoard will publish his new novel this fall titled, "Hannah Coulter." The title of his presentation on Nov. 2 is "Renewing Husbandry."

The Annual Meetings of the three Societies will be held 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 2,000 scientific papers and 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: http://www.asa-cssa-sssa.org/anmeet/what.html.

Media representatives and public information officers can receive complimentary registration for access to presentations and the Press Room. Please e-mail or fax your name, company, address, phone, and e-mail address to: Sara Uttech, [email protected], or by fax at 608-273-2021. Or, present your press credentials (a business card or other documentation) during the meetings to the Registration Desk in the South Lobby of the Convention Center, fourth floor.

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, or during the meetings at 206-219-4755. 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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