Southern Regional Branch

The Southern Regional Branch of ASA comprises the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, Virginia, and Texas.

2017 Annual Meeting
February 5-7, 2017
Mobile, AL

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy will be held from Sunday, February 5 through Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS). Member organizations of SAAS will meet from Friday, February 3 through Tuesday February 7, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Mobile Convention Center and the Riverview Plaza Hotel.

The Annual Meeting always provides a venue for collaboration and networking among Agronomy Professionals and students in the Southern Region. It is an excellent venue for graduate students to present their research findings and talk with professionals in their area of research/interest.



Registration includes access to all SAAS sessions, morning and afternoon breaks, and the Sunday evening reception with Super Bowl viewing party.
The pre-registration deadline was January 16, 2017.
Onsite registration will be available at $190 for Professionals and $50 for Students.

Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists - Conference and Hotel Information

Additional Information about the Annual Meeting and hotel reservations is available on the SAAS Website. Hotel reservation deadline is January 20, 2017.

Career-Professional Awards

Each year, The Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy (SB-ASA) presents 7 awards to professionals devoted to the agronomy, crop, soil, and environmental sciences or a closely related field. The SB-ASA is now soliciting nominations for the Early-Career Professional Awards (less than 10 years since the completion of their terminal degree) and Career Professional Awards (more than 10 years since the completion of their terminal degree) to be given in the areas of Education, Research, and Technology Transfer. The Agronomic Industry Professional Award will also be presented to an individual in the private sector. All nominees must be members of the American Society of Agronomy and active at the National and Southern Branch levels. Candidates may be nominated by any active member of the American Society of Agronomy. Nominations were due by Monday, January 16, 2017. 

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Highlighted Sessions:

ASA Southern Branch Hosts: Gypsum Use in Agricultural Production Systems
Interest in using byproduct gypsum as a soil amendment has increased in recent years. This session will present recent research findings on the agronomic and environmental benefits of using byproduct gypsum in agricultural fields....View full description
The session will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 9:45-noon.

Statistical Analysis Training 
Researchers often fall prey to an attitude of wanting statistical analysis much too soon and neglect the basic legwork that is necessary before one should even attempt an analysis. Dr. Edzard van Santen will be hosting a half-day statistical analysis training for SAS and JMP statistical packages...View full description
There will be a $50 fee for the session onsite: Cash, check, or credit card will be accepted at the SAAS registration desk. The session will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017, from 8am-noon.

Presentations/Student Competitions

Both graduate and undergraduate Poster Competitions will be held on Sunday, February 5 with monetary prizes. This is a great opportunity for students to gain presentation experience. Graduate Oral Competitions will take place on Monday, February 6. Professional scientists will also present their research in both poster (Sunday) and oral presentations (Monday-Tuesday). The poster size should be no larger than 42.5" x 42.5."

The deadline for submitting and editing titles/abstracts was Wednesday, November 30, 2016. 

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Important Dates and Deadlines

January 16, 2017 - Award nominations due
January 16, 2017 - Pre-registration closes
January 20, 2017 - Hotel reservation deadline
January 20, 2017 - Deadline for completed abstracts (For those students who submitted an abstract to participate in the student competition, oral or poster presentations must be submitted to the program chairman for distribution to judges.
February 5, 2017 - Poster session (exact time to be determined)
February 6-7, 2017 - Oral paper sessions (exact times to be determined)

Minutes from the 2016 Business Meeting to be approved at the 2017 meeting


Please contact Dexter Watts or Paul DeLaune with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Mobile!

Dexter Watts, President, ASA Southern Branch
National Soil Dynamics Lab
Tel: 334-844-4741


Paul DeLaune, Vice-President and Program Chair, ASA Southern Branch
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Tel: 940-552-9941, ext. 207

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Poster and Oral Presentation Tips - from ASA Annual Meeting Poster and Oral Presentation tips