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September 15, 2017
The Sensor-based Water Management Community is included under the Climatology and Modeling Section of ASA. This Community focuses on research interests related to plant and soil water sensors and sens...
September 15, 2017
Strong partnerships naturally germinate from mutual values. Case in point: the memorandum of understanding signed in June by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA and The Nature Conservancy....
September 15, 2017
The farm bill impacts every American who eats. Modern farm bills are five-year spending plans that combine risk management for farmers, nutrition and conservation programs, and funding for research an...
 
September 15, 2017
Badrinarayan Ramulal (B.R.) Barwale, recipient of the 1998 World Food Prize and CSSA Presidential Award, passed away on 23 July 2017 at the age of 86. He was born into a small agricultural family in H...
September 15, 2017
In 2019, SSSA will meet independently in San Diego, CA, and we want to hear your ideas for this meeting. I know this is the second time that I have requested your input for this meeting, but it never ...
September 15, 2017
Life changes and we want to know about yours. Update your ASA, CSSA, and SSSA member record, and help us keep you connected!...
September 15, 2017
We welcome the following new members who joined ASA, CSSA, and SSSA in July 2017....
September 15, 2017
During the year, the Women in Science Committee has written a series of articles on work–life balance. Of course, work–life balance crosses all genders, career stages, geographies, employment type...
August 23, 2017
The ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meeting is about...
August 17, 2017
Business travelers often take advantage of their temporary location to explore the local sights. Society members who attend the Annual Meeting have the opportunity to do the same—while expanding the...
August 3, 2017
It might seem too early in my life to think about work-life balance, but PhD life does get busy and quite stressful at times. Learning to balance your professional and personal life, and creating habi...
August 3, 2017
Bennett, John McLean, Toowoomba, QLD,...
August 3, 2017
In July, headquarters staff continued the “Stelly Day” tradition of staff development, learning, and fun. The day honors former Executive Vice President Matthias Stelly and is supported by the Agr...
 
August 3, 2017
ASA and SSSA Fellow David Miller Van Doren, Jr. passed away on 17 May 2017, after 84 years of a joyous life filled with family, friends, community, plenty of sweet corn, and his ever-ready dry sense o...
August 3, 2017
Whether you have just graduated or are ready to make a career change, members can count on the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Career Placement Center for the support you need. Here are three easy ways to use the...
August 3, 2017
Why did John Oliver win Money Champion of the Year? The comedian and talk show host is not an expert in finance. He’s not giving out grants for college students or other philanthropic endeavors. Bu...
August 3, 2017
Although scientific research tends to be incremental and intentional, occasionally a groundbreaking insight or discovery dramatically changes the scientific landscape with a more comprehensive and acc...
August 3, 2017
The Nutrients and Environmental Quality (NEQ) Community is the largest group in ASA with a total of 1,630 members. Eighty-six percent of the members are located in the United States and 14% are spread...
August 3, 2017
As I write this, we’ve just tipped over into the second half of 2017 (where did the first half go?), and naturally, I’m starting to think about the Annual Meeting this fall in Tampa, FL. I look fo...
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August 3, 2017
While the first budget and subsequent appropriations process is delayed for almost every new administration, the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget process has taken this to the extreme. This year’s budge...
July 6, 2017
Summertime brings us many opportunities to get outside and have fun. Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, biking, boating, rock climbing—the list goes on and on! With so many options, we can’t do i...
July 6, 2017
We welcome the following new members who joined ASA, CSSA, and SSSA in May 2017....
July 6, 2017
The Scientific Expertise directory is a way for members to connect with other members or the general public. You can highlight your specialized knowledge, skill, education, experience, or training in ...
July 6, 2017
I joined CSSA (and ASA) when I was a junior at Penn State, in what is fast becoming the dim and distant past. At least one motivating factor for me in joining the Societies was to get the journals; fl...
July 6, 2017
The election of President Donald J. Trump has awakened many politically disengaged people on both sides of the political spectrum. Whether you like the results or not, the 2016 presidential election i...
July 6, 2017
This year, CSSA and ASA are partnering with the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and the University of Kentucky (UK) to host the 2017 HIA Conference in Lexington, KY, 8–11 September. The conference...
July 6, 2017
Research environments are becoming increasingly more complex in the 21st century, with a concomitant upsurge in the amount of data produced. Along with collecting and managing large, complex data sets...
July 6, 2017
Traditionally, our Communities and Divisions of Interest have been formed around scientific areas and/or career-focused areas (education, extension, and consulting) within the sciences. Now, we’re e...
July 6, 2017
If you weren’t one of the approximately 400 participants in Chien-Lu Ping’s Arctic soils tours before he retired, you’re in luck. David Weindorf, with assistance from a SSSA grant, produced a fi...
July 6, 2017
Evapotranspiration (ET), here defined as the loss of water via plant transpiration and soil and canopy evaporation, is one of the largest sinks in hydrologic and soil water budgets across most agronom...
July 6, 2017
Three agricultural start-up companies were chosen for the 2017 AgLaunch Accelerator, which invests $50,000 and three months of intensive business development support, access to farm trials, and a robu...
 
July 6, 2017
Professor Carlos Clemente Cerri, a world-renowned Brazilian soil scientist, died 21 Apr. 2017. Cerri, who was 70, spent more than four decades studying the soils of Brazil, including those of the Braz...
June 1, 2017
We welcome the following new members who joined ASA, CSSA, and SSSA in April 2017....
June 1, 2017
The Career Center () promotes and encourages opportunities in the agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences and serves as a clearinghouse for resumes and job listings. Employers and recruiters...
 
June 1, 2017
Dr. Steven Lewis Fales, 70, passed away on 24 Apr. 2017. He was born 14 Mar. 1947 in Providence, RI. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. degree in English, he joined the U...
June 1, 2017
In the next installment of our “Policy 101” series of articles, we’d like to tackle another particularly complex policy topic: the farm bill. The farm bill is the nickname for the acts passed ap...
June 1, 2017
As you are all probably aware by now, SSSA will meet independently in San Diego, CA in January 2019. The theme of the meeting is “Soils across Latitudes,” with attendance from the Canadian and Mex...
June 1, 2017
There are more than 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide. Over multiple decades, the sustained rate of agricultural productivity growth in the developing world as compared with the developed worl...
June 1, 2017
The American Society of Agronomy has a set of core values that communicate what we value and what drives our day-to-day decision-making. One of those values is . We do not develop new understanding in...
June 1, 2017
Work–life balance? I’m the last person who should be writing about it. Although I’ve done the research and can repeat all the good advice, creating a daily or even weekly balance of time for fam...
May 19, 2017
We welcome the following new members who joined ASA, CSSA, and SSSA in March 2017....
May 19, 2017
D will settle down in St. Louis, MO, opening 22 Apr. 2017. This final home for Dig It! at the Saint Louis Science Center comes after years of traveling around the country, informing the general public...
May 19, 2017
The 2017 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA elections were completed in March, with the following individuals selected as the Presidents-elect for 2018:...
May 19, 2017
Congratulations agronomists, we were successful! We created an efficient crop production atmosphere, and we are now a victim of our own success and efficiency. Our Green Revolution literally revolutio...
May 19, 2017
In March, ASA, CSSA, and SSSA senior and student members came to Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress and advocate for federal food, agriculture, and natural resources research. The a...
May 19, 2017
Our Annual Meeting Photo Contest kicked off in 2014. After three years and approximately 600 photos, we’re ready to find 2017’s contest winners! Photos can be submitted through 15 September....
May 19, 2017
As an early career public scientist and Extension educator, the boundaries between my personal and professional lives is blurry at best. Being available no matter the day, and treating everyone’s pr...
 
May 19, 2017
Volunteerism is widely recognized for its leadership-building capabilities, a positive addition to one’s curriculum vitae, and provides an avenue for networking partnerships, job advancement, lifelo...
May 19, 2017
(SSSAJ), (NSE), (JEQ), (AJ), , and (VZJ) are pleased to announce the recipients of their 2016 Editor’s Citation for Excellence for reviewers and associate editors. All journals published by ASA,...
 
May 19, 2017
Harold LeRoy “Pete” Peterson, 70, passed away on 24 Feb. 2017. Born 24 Mar. 1946 on a farm near Portland, ND, he was the son of Harold and Genora Peterson. He received his B.S. degree from Mayvill...
May 19, 2017
Great Plains recently announced the release of a specially designed canola seed disc that delivers singulation and precise placement of canola seed compared with broadcast seeding methods. The canola ...
 
May 19, 2017
Realizing that the average age of members in most scientific societies is increasing, societies must reach out to these individuals to keep them as members. Thus, the Entomological Society of America ...
May 19, 2017
One of the core values of ASA is service to our members and society. There are many ways to serve. In March, when I was in Washington, DC for Congressional Visits Day, I was humbled by the service of ...
May 19, 2017
The 2016 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meeting premiered a new type of scientific presentation: the Rapid Fire format. Meant to be a tactic to convey information in a quick, concise manner, Rapid Fire de...
May 19, 2017
ASA is seeking nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief. This position is voluntary, and candidates are expected to be visionary, as our publications continue to experience rapid changes in sci...
April 7, 2017
Current projections show that 100 to 200 million dry tons of cellulosic feedstocks derived mainly from corn stover and other agricultural residues could be sustainably harvested each year and used for...
April 7, 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...
April 7, 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...
April 7, 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...
April 7, 2017
Spring is my favorite season. I love seeing the first crocus emerging from the ground, followed closely behind by daffodils and tulips! This is such a hopeful season, a time of anticipation for what t...
April 7, 2017
The much talked about March for Science () takes place in a few weeks, on 22 April, which is also Earth Day. Its Facebook group has more than 800,000 members, and thousands of participants are expecte...
April 7, 2017
An Argentinian farmer, a Middle East ambassador, a Kenyan parliamentarian, and an American high school student: What could they all have in common?...
April 7, 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.”...
April 7, 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 ...
 
April 7, 2017
George Henry Wagner, 88, of Columbia, MO, passed away on 1 Feb. 2017. Born 29 Nov. 1928 on a farm near Culbertson, NE, he was the son and one of four children of Frank and Pauline Wagner. Wagner gradu...
April 7, 2017
We welcome the following new members who joined ASA, CSSA, and SSSA in February 2017....
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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...