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 4-7, 2017
Mobile, AL

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy will be held form Saturday, February 4 through Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS). Member organizations of SAAS will meet from Saturday, 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.

Presentations/Student Competitions - Abstract Submission is Now Open

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 (on Sunday) and oral (Monday-Tuesday). The poster size should be no larger than 42.5" x 42.5." The title/abstract submission deadline for submitting and editing titles/abstracts is Sunday, November 20, 2016. A small submission fee will be applied to each entry. 

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Career-Professional Awards

The Southern Branch solicits nominations for Career-Professional Awards to be given in the areas of Education, Research, and Technology Transfer. These awards recognize outstanding scientists with at least 10 years of professional service (after completion of the terminal degree) in agronomy, crop science, soil science, environmental science, or a closely related discipline. Candidates must be a member of the Society and active at the National and Southern Branch levels. Any active member of the American Society of Agronomy may submit a nomination. The format of these awards follows the one used for equivalent awards presented at the national level such as the Agronomic Resident Education Award, Agronomic Extension Award, and the Agronomic Research Award; see outline below. Nominations are due by Monday, January 16, 2017.

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Pre-Registration - Available in November

Registration includes access to all SAAS sessions, morning and afternoon breaks, and the Sunday evening reception with Super Bowl viewing party. Pre-registration is $160 for Professionals and $40 for Students. Pre-registration will open in November; the deadline is 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.


Important Dates/Deadlines

November 20, 2016 - Abstract submission deadline

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