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Baltimore Convention Center One West Pratt Street Baltimore , Maryland 21201
Tel: (410) 649-7000
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ASA-CSSA 2018 International Annual Meeting - American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America

Attendees

2,500

Exhibitors

99

Overview

Event Overview:

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.

Who Attends the Annual Meeting?

The Annual Meeting 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.

Exhibitor Information:

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 2,500 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.

Why should your company choose to exhibit at the Annual Meetings?

Place your company name in front of this specialty audience of buyers.
Gain exposure and develop relationships with more than 3,800 professionals and students in the agronomic sciences, the largest audience of agronomic scientists in one place at one time.
Enjoy reduced rates on Career Center job postings/resume access to connect with qualified job seekers at the meetings and on the web.
Market your company through a complimentary listing on the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings Website: www.acsmeetings.org
Attend sessions relating to your area of interest.
Network with attendees at Sunday evening’s Opening Reception, held in the Exhibit Hall

About ASA:

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.

About CSSA:

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.

Keynote Speakers

Jules Pretty

Professor of Environment & Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex

"The Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture: Progress and Principles for Redesign"

Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment & Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex. His sole-authored books include The East Country (2017), The Edge of Extinction (2014), This Luminous Coast (2011, 2014), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Agri-Culture (2002) and Regenerating Agriculture (1995). He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, and former Deputy-Chair of the UK government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment. He received a 1997 award from the Indian Ecological Society, was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University from 2001, and is Chief & Founding Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. He received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009, and the British Science Association Presidential Medal (Agriculture and Food) in 2015.

Sustainable intensification is defined as a process or system in which yields are increased without adverse environmental impact and without the cultivation of more land. It emphasizes ends rather than means, and does not predetermine technologies, species mix, or particular design components. Its expansion has begun to occur at scale across a wide range of agroecosystems. The benefits of both scientific and farmer input into technologies and practices that combine crops and animals with appropriate agroecological and agronomic management are increasingly evident.

Jules Pretty's opening keynote presentation, “The Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture: Progress and Principles for Redesign”, draws on the three stages of transitions towards sustainability: i) efficiency; ii) substitution; and iii) redesign. Sustainable intensification of agriculture will be a continuous journey of adaptation and improvement, driven by a wide range of actors in the agricultural knowledge economy. As we develop clearer targets, progress toward redesign could be a gamechanger with wide social benefits.

Meagan Schipanski

Designing Agricultural Systems for Resilience Through Partnerships Among Plants and People

Increasing crop and non-crop plant diversity can improve the resilience of agricultural systems. Resilient systems maintain productivity and internal nutrient and pest regulation capacity in the face of shocks and stressors. In addition, resilience includes empowering producers to innovate and adapt systems through time. I will review the opportunities and potential limits for using plant diversity to improve resilience of agricultural systems across different climates. I will also highlight opportunities and barriers to the adoption of more diverse cropping systems using examples of regional, multi-disciplinary collaborations evaluating agricultural policies and whole food systems.

Meagan Schipanski is an Assistant Professor of agroecology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University. She earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her research group applies systems-based approaches to improving the resilience of cropping systems, including topics of crop diversity, soil health, nutrient and water management, and climate change adaptation strategies. Her work spans from on-farm research to greenhouse and modeling studies. Due to the critical role social and economic systems play in shaping agriculture, she also collaborates on broader, multi-disciplinary food systems research.

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