The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will host more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2017 International Annual Meeting, "Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future," on Oct. 22-25, 2017, in Tampa, Florida.
The Annual Meeting is one of the few gatherings that bring together more than 4,000
scientific leaders from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions in one unique environment.
It’s the premiere opportunity for professionals working in the agronomic, crop, soil, and related sciences to hear about the latest research, meet and learn from their peers, expand their knowledge base, and take advantage of an abundance of networking opportunities to enhance their career.
This year’s Annual Meeting will feature more than 3,000 technical presentations, along with a host of networking events and award ceremonies. The world-class exhibition displays the latest scientific equipment, supplies, services, and reference materials available.
1. Connect with old and new colleagues.
2. Enhance your career and gain valuable career advice.
3. Use your Annual Meeting discount at the Society Center.
4. Attend a variety of thought-provoking poster/oral presentations everyday!
5. Find your next job at the Career Center.
6. Participate and make a difference in your Community or Division meetings.
7. Meet the Society headquarters staff-- who are always avaliable for questions!
8. Have some fun!
What are the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings?
Where else can you reach more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, educators and students who make and influence buying decisions-- all in one place at one time! The International Annual Meetings is one of the few gatherings bringing together scientific leaders in a unique buying environment. The Annual Meetings feature nearly 3,000 technical presentations, along with a host of networking events and award ceremonies. The exhibition features the latest scientific equipment, supplies, services, and reference materials available.
Who Attends the Annual Meetings?
The Annual Meetings attendees are leading scientists in industry, government and academia interested in the latest research, product development, and industry advances relating to the field of agricultural sciences.
Who Exhibits at the Annual Meetings?
View the exhibit hall floor plan and exhibitors here: https://www.acsmeetings.org/expo/.
Why should your company choose to exhibit at the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings?
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global agronomy. Based in Madison, WI, ASA is the professional home for 8,000+ members and 14,000+ certified professionals (Certified Crop Advisers and Certified Professional Agronomists) dedicated to advancing the field of agronomy. The Society provides information about agronomy in relation to soils, crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.
The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the mission of plant science for a better world. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1956, CSSA is the professional home for 5,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of crop science. Society members are dedicated to the conservation and wise use of natural resources to produce food, feed, fiber, fuel, and pharmaceutical crops while maintaining and improving the environment.
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members and 1,000+ certified professionals dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. The Society provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.
Former Under Secretary, USDA
"Global Food Security: Building the Needed Research Platforms"
As countries around the world strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030, the food and agriculture scientific community is working in new and innovative research collaborations. Open data, bilateral and multilateral research consortia, public–private partnerships, and better integration of domestic and international research programs are opening opportunities for increasing agricultural productivity in response to population demand and against the backdrop of the challenges of climate change, water scarcity and resource depletion. But are these steps enough to provide the breakthroughs needed to sustainably feed a future population of nearly 10 billion people? What are the additional research platforms needed?
Cathie Woteki served as Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area from 2010-2016. In that role, she developed the Office of the Chief Scientist, established the USDA Science Council, and instituted the Department’s first scientific integrity and open data policies. She was called upon to lead scientific delegations to China and the first Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists held under the auspices of the G-20. Dr. Woteki is an advocate for building the platforms needed to enhance domestic and international food and agricultural research.
Prior to joining USDA, Dr. Woteki served as Global Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for Mars, Incorporated, where she managed the company's scientific policy on matters of health, nutrition, and food safety. From 2002-2005, she was Dean of Agriculture and Professor of Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, and also head of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Woteki served as the first Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1997-2001, where she oversaw the safety of meat, poultry and egg products, and U.S. Government food safety policy development and USDA's continuity of operations planning.
Dr. Woteki served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as Deputy Associate Director for Science from 1994 to1996. During that time she co-authored the Clinton Administration’s policy statement, “Science in the National Interest.” Dr. Woteki has also held positions in the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1983-1990), the Human Nutrition Information Service at USDA (1981-1983), and as Director of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences (1990-1993). During her tenure as Director of the Food and Nutrition Board she had direct responsibility for twenty-seven studies and co-authored a nutrition book entitled Eat for Life which became a Book of the Month Club selection.
Dr. Woteki’s research interests include nutrition, food safety policy, risk assessment, and health survey design and analysis. She is the author of over sixty refereed scientific articles and twelve books and technical reports.
In 1999, Dr. Woteki was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where she has chaired the Food and Nutrition Board (2003 to 2005). She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1974). Dr. Woteki received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Mary Washington College (1969).
Award-Winning Explorer, Adventurer, and Storm Chaser
"On the Front Lines of Climate Change"
From chasing hurricanes and tornadoes to exploring some of the most remote and ecologically sensitive places on Earth like Antarctica and the Greenland ice cap, George Kourounis has been on the front lines of climate change for years and has witnessed first-hand the effects of our changing environment. What is really going on? Are we to blame or is this due to some other naturally occurring phenomena? These questions and more will be covered as Kourounis pulls back the curtain to reveal the truth about climate change in a dynamic, engaging way. His message is punctuated with a rich multimedia presentation showcasing some of his most poignant and sometimes terrifying encounters with the fury of nature, including being at ground zero during Hurricane Katrina. His observations and experience give this “Master of Disaster” a unique perspective on how we got into this situation in the first place, what the average person can do to make a difference, and what we can expect the consequences of inaction to be in the near and distant future.
George Kourounis is an award-winning explorer, renowned global adventurer, one of the world’s most active storm chasers, and also a television presenter. Based in Toronto, his efforts to document nature’s most extreme conditions have taken him all over the globe, into places most normal people are fleeing from. Whether it’s a tornado outbreak in Kansas, a monster hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, forest fires in Alberta or Australia, or descending deep inside an active volcano in the Congo, he’s typically in the middle of the action—with his camera rolling. His adventures have been seen around the world on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC-TV, CNN, Science Channel, and of course, his own adventure TV program, Angry Planet, which has been broadcast in over 100 countries on The Weather Network, Travel Channel, and others.
His unique and unbelievable explorations have fascinated audiences worldwide, and have often resulted in accomplishing world’s firsts. While leading a scientific expedition for National Geographic, searching for microbial life forms in extreme places, George became the first person to ever set foot at the bottom of the Darvaza flaming gas crater, a fiery pit that has been burning for over 45 years in the Turkmenistan desert. More people have stood on the surface of the moon.
Kourounis started chasing tornadoes and other storms over 20 years ago and has continued to expand his explorations to include all types of extreme natural phenomena. By sharing these adventures with the world, his goal is to inspire people to embrace their own curiosity and break out of their routines and do something that they consider a little bit scary.
Kourounis is a regional director for The Explorers Club. He is also a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a member of the Canadian Council For Geographic Education and the Society Of Environmental Journalists. He was nominated for Gemini awards for his work hosting Angry Planet. In addition, George has given 4 TEDx talks and has addressed the United Nations Environmental Emergencies Forum. In 2014, he won the Stefansson Medal from the Explorers Club Canadian Chapter for his “outstanding contributions to science and to public education.” Recently, he was named one of Canada’s greatest explorers by Canadian Geographic magazine.