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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRONOMY
CROP SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
SOIL SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA

677 S. Segoe Road • Madison WI 53711 • (608) 273-8080 • www.asa-cssa-sssa.org
Contact: Sara Uttech, ASA/CSSA/SSSA, (608) 268-4948, suttech@agronomy.org

Agronomy, Crop, and Soil Science Research to be Presented in Salt Lake City

Impact of Hurricane Katrina and Rita on Crops, Soils, and Environment is a Featured Presentation

MADISON, WI, OCTOBER 4, 2005 -- Over 2,500 poster and oral research papers will be presented by the more than 3,000 delegates expected to be in attendance for the International Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The event will be held Nov. 6-10, 2005 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT. A special session, “The Impact and Aftermath – Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” will be presented by a panel of experts on Monday, Nov. 7 from 7-9pm.

The Annual Meetings activities begin Sunday, Nov. 6 with the popular Plenary Session at 7pm featuring Ambassador Choe Yangboo, the Korean Ambassador to Argentina presenting, “Agricultural Imagination and New Challenges of Agronomic Scientists towards the 21st Century.” The event will be held at the Convention Center. A full slate of technical sessions during the week are scheduled through noon on Thursday, Nov. 10. Featured scientific topics include:

  • Genomics and Plant Breeding
  • Fertilizing Crops
  • Precision Agriculture
  • International Biotechnology
  • Conservation Agriculture
  • Soils and Wetland Assessment & Management
  • Forage and Grazinglands
  • Turfgrass Science

The research of the meetings focuses on three themes: ASA: “Agronomic Sciences--Serving and Enriching Humankind”; CSSA: “50 Years of Crop Science, 1955-2005: From the Green to the Ever-Green Revolution” and SSSA: “Mapping Our New Horizons: Education, Environment, Exploration, Experimentation, and Excellence”. The Golden Anniversary of CSSA will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 8, with a symposium that highlights the accomplishments of CSSA and the challenges and opportunities of the next half-century.

To view the exciting program, including searching the schedule for sessions and symposia by keyword, author, and affiliation, click on “Meeting Program” at: www.saltlake-2005.org. Online preregistration is open for the meetings at www.saltlake-2005.org.

ASA, CSSA and SSSA are educational organizations helping its 10,000+ members advance the discipline and practice of agronomy, crop and soil sciences by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, research-based publications and a variety of member services.

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Media representatives and public information officers can receive complimentary registration to the meetings by contacting Sara Uttech, suttech@agronomy.org, 608-268-4948 by Nov. 1. Or, present a business card or other press credentials during the meetings to the Registration Desk in East Lobby of the Salt Palace Convention Center.

A Press Room will be located inside the Career Placement Center at the convention center, Ballroom AC. For an abstract CD of the presentations, interviews with Annual Meeting presenters, and/or press releases of the sessions, contact Sara Uttech, 608-268-4948, or during the meetings at 801-534-4744.

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