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March 20, 2017
Most agronomists would agree on these two points: Explaining what their job encompasses is complicated and most people do not identify with the word “agronomy” or “agronomist.”...
March 20, 2017
The Digital Library is a vital component in serving our mission and membership by providing innovative, valuable resources for the betterment of our scientific community, and our world. The ACSESS Dig...
March 20, 2017
Have you ever said to yourself, “If I could change one or two things at the CSSA Annual Meeting, they would be…?” Well, this is your chance! CSSA is now accepting nominations for CSSA Program Pl...
March 20, 2017
An Argentinian farmer, a Middle East ambassador, a Kenyan parliamentarian, and an American high school student: What could they all have in common?...
March 20, 2017
Agricultural management practices contribute 10% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States to as much 20% globally. Three GHGs that are emitted from agricultural management and ...
March 20, 2017
I would like to follow up on my last letter in magazine. I was encouraged by the responses I received via phone and email, making excellent constructive suggestions. From this, I feel even more stron...
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March 10, 2017
Hydropedology explores the potential of combining the expertise of soil physicists and pedologists. Soil physics describes physical processes in the soil, with particular attention for water movement,...
March 10, 2017
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March 10, 2017
Plant Impact plc, a company specializing in research and development of crop enhancement products to improve yields, recently announced the launch of the Pi Quality Standard. The company says this sta...
March 10, 2017
ASA thanks the 2017 Community Presiding Leaders for their work organizing and scheduling sessions for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL, as well as providing leadership for their Community througho...
March 10, 2017
We welcome the following new members who joined ASA, CSSA, and SSSA in January 2017....
March 10, 2017
Like any field of science, science policy has its own jargon, and one of the areas in which the jargon can get particularly wonky is the budget process. This is the annual process by which the governm...
March 10, 2017
Exciting new technologies are rapidly emerging to measure and estimate the physical characteristics of crops and plants, a process commonly referred to as phenotyping. Suites of physical measurements ...
March 10, 2017
The leadership tasks of a Division/Section chair are much more than presiding over the annual business meeting. Along with the program planning officers and program chairs, Division/Section chairs pro...
March 10, 2017
Scientific inquiry and innovation are core values that ASA is built upon. As students, we practice the scientific method, learning to develop our hypotheses, design experiments to test those hypothese...
March 10, 2017
This Community is aligned with the Wheat Initiative’s Expert Working Group (EWG) for Agronomy ( ), with a collective goal to “co-ordinate global wheat research efforts so that, through internation...
February 16, 2017
A change in Washington always revives concerns about the funding climate for scientific research. The new administration has given few clear indications of the direction it will take with respect to f...
February 13, 2017
We welcome the following new members who joined ASA, CSSA, and SSSA in December 2016....
February 13, 2017
The new year is already upon us, and I would like to introduce myself to you, the members. I am Andrew Sharpley, a Professor with the Division of Agriculture, University of Arkansas System in Fayettev...
February 13, 2017
The 2017 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA elections open 14 February and close 15 March. The Societies are committed to membership participation in governance and to diversity in leadership and encourage members t...
 
February 13, 2017
Earl “Brent” Godshalk died unexpectedly at his home in Cary, NC on 25 Dec. 2016. He was born on 18 Oct. 1956 in Sellersville, PA, the son of Earl and Ruth Mitman Godshalk. He received his B.S. deg...
February 13, 2017
The Societies are seeking nominations for the position of Editor of , a peer-reviewed international journal of agriculture and natural resource sciences and the flagship journal of ASA. The position i...
February 13, 2017
One of the greatest benefits of having a policy office in Washington, DC is the connections ASA, CSSA, and SSSA can make with federal agencies and other stakeholder groups. One such opportunity arose ...
February 13, 2017
Inclusiveness is one of the core values that the ASA Board adopted as part of its strategic plan for 2017–2019. What is inclusiveness? Two definitions popped up when I searched online:...
February 13, 2017
Soils form over millennia as a result of well-established factors. But what is the genesis of soil ? Creating the climate for teen interest may be part of it....
 
February 13, 2017
The BioAg Alliance, Monsanto’s and Novozymes’ collaboration to improve crop harvests through products containing naturally occurring microbes, recently announced results from its 2016 field trial ...
January 16, 2017
The Publications Department of the headquarters office, the Societies’ presidents, and the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA boards of directors would like to extend special thanks and recognition to our editors-...
January 16, 2017
As agricultural production systems become more complex and intensified, agricultural producers increasingly rely on professional practitioners to assist them in developing and maintaining their produc...
January 16, 2017
—William R. (Bill) Raun, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, will continue as Editor....
January 16, 2017
ASA members, along with staff, collaborated on a unique Reinvest ASA project addressing the concern of meeting the future agronomic workforce needs along with ASA’s strategic goals of bringing the p...
 
January 16, 2017
Carl Edwin Ferguson, Sr., a 66-year ASA member and a 41-year CSSA member from Tuscaloosa, AL, died 22 Apr. 2016 following a brief illness at his residence at in Tuscaloosa, AL. He was 99....
January 16, 2017
The Publications Department of the headquarters office extends its sincere thanks to every individual for their efforts—to not only make our journals better—but to make them the very best they can...
January 16, 2017
Tony Hartshorn sees soil as a “common denominator or common currency” and his “universal translator.” Wherever he may travel in the world, he can dig a hole, look at the soils to get an idea w...
January 16, 2017
All three of our Societies have at least one objective in their new strategic plans focused on international engagement. The foundational science of our disciplines includes universal principles with ...
January 16, 2017
We welcome the following new members who joined ASA, CSSA, and SSSA in November 2016....
January 16, 2017
The beginning of a new year is always an occasion for reflection, both on where you’ve been and where you’re going. As the Science Policy Office looks back on 2016, we see a year of hard work and ...
January 16, 2017
AeroVironment, Inc., a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, today announced it has begun a year-long study with California State University–Fresno...
January 16, 2017
Winter may elicit images of snowy landscapes and cozy fires or activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, or ice fishing. But the season also brings periods of silence, times to renew connections with f...