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 was held from Sunday, February 5 through Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS). Member organizations of SAAS met from Friday, February 3 through Tuesday February 7, 2017. The meeting took place at the Mobile Convention Center and the Riverview Plaza Hotel. The Annual Meeting provided a venue for collaboration and networking among Agronomy Professionals and students in the Southern Region. 


View 2017 PDF Program

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Additional information about the Annual Meeting is available on the SAAS Website.

Presentations/Student Competitions

Professional scientists presented their research in both poster (Sunday) and oral presentations (Monday-Tuesday). Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Competitions were held on Sunday, February 5. Graduate Oral Competitions took place on Monday, February 6.

Congratulations to the 2017 Student Competition Winners!
Undergraduate Poster Competition:
      1st Place: Hunt Walne, Mississippi State University
      2nd Place: Sara Schacht, Murray State University
      3rd Place: Zac Sumner, Mississippi State University
Masters Poster Competition:
      1st Place: Shane Carver, Mississippi State University
      2nd Place: Caleb Duke, Auburn University
      3rd Place Tie: Joey Williams, Mississippi State University
      3rd Place Tie: Lauren Lintz, North Carolina State University
PhD Poster Competition:
      1st Place: Rui Yang, Auburn University
      2nd Place: Yaru Lin, Auburn University
      3rd Place: Chathu Wijewarda, Mississippi State University
Masters Oral Competition:
      1st Place: Chad Abbott, Mississippi State University
      2nd Place: Jacob Sanchez, Texas Tech University
      3rd Place: Kristen Pegues, University of Georgia- Tifton
PhD Oral Competition:
      1st Place: Lisa Baxter, Texas Tech University
      2nd Place: Arun Jani, University of Florida
      3rd Place: Yaru Lin, Auburn University

Career-Professional Awards

The Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy (SB-ASA) presented 7 awards to professionals devoted to the agronomy, crop, soil, and environmental sciences or a closely related field. All nominees were required to be members of the American Society of Agronomy and active at the National and Southern Branch levels. Candidates were nominated by any active member of the American Society of Agronomy. The SB-ASA presented awards to Early-Career Professionals (less than 10 years since the completion of their terminal degree) and Career Professionals (more than 10 years since the completion of their terminal degree) in the areas of Education, Research, and Technology Transfer. The Agronomic Industry Professional Award was also presented to an individual in the private sector. 


Thank you to the 2017 program organizers:

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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