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News & Perspectives: Presidents Message

May 31, 2018
I’m just back from two weeks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and want to share with you two excellent examples of international cooperation that strengthen research and research ou...
May 3, 2018
Last month, I wrote to you about the changes in our Society and its publications and how those reflect our continuing efforts to place agronomic science and practice in the service of producers and th...
April 19, 2018
As I write this, I am traveling to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress. The task is to promote greater funding for basic and applied research that can have immediate and long-term impacts ...
April 19, 2018
Names matter, or we wouldn’t have them. But how much do they matter, and how do things change if we change what we call something?...
March 8, 2018
Diversity is an essential quality for success in agronomy because agronomy touches everyone, everywhere in some way, and food production is crucial for every society around the world. Consider, for ex...
February 15, 2018
New Year’s Resolutions. It seems every year I start out determined to pursue a few personal goals. They are the usual culprits like exercising more, reading regularly, and writing those languishing...
February 15, 2018
As 2017 drew to a close, four new or renewed scholarships and awards were developed through the Agronomic Science Foundation (ASF) to advance our students’ opportunities and careers....
January 4, 2018
The new year brings a sense of transition and renewal to all of us, and it is also the time of transition for ASA leadership. We are blessed to have had Past President Jessica Davis lead us for the pa...
January 4, 2018
You might notice I am standing in front of a blue spruce tree in the photo on this page. This is a reminder of my family’s tradition of selling Christmas trees to the public for more than 50 years. ...
December 7, 2017
Time gets away from us. In the blink of an eye, the kids are grown, and my term as ASA president is over. What gives me hope is being part of a longer-term commitment to advancing our Societies and ou...
December 7, 2017
I began my career as a crop scientist 35 years ago, a freshman in the Agronomy Department at Penn State. I chose agronomy based on my interest in agriculture—I grew up on a diversified farm in centr...
December 7, 2017
This year has flown by even more quickly than usual; so I have to say the old adage “time flies when you’re having fun” is true. Serving as your president has certainly been enjoyable and reward...
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 ...
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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 ...
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
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...
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...
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
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
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:...
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...