Welcome To AGRO

AGRO, a Division of the American Chemical Society, brings together a worldwide community of scientists and stakeholders to advance knowledge and promote innovative solutions for the protection of agricultural productivity, public health and the environment.


AGRO Election Opens June 15, 2016

AGRO members will receive their ballots via email on June 15, 2016 and will be able to submit their ballots through June 28. Click on the link below to see the candidates and their bios.

AGRO Division 2016 Ballot Bios

AGRO is Coming to Philadelphia

August 21-25, 2016

AGRO is coming to the ACS Fall National Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, PA.  The program theme is “Chemistry of the People, by the People and for the People”.

Abstract submission is now closed.  The preliminary program will be available late June.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for interested companies.  Please see the Sponsorship page for more information.

Registration and Housing Opens May 18.  Visit the ACS Fall National Meeting Site for more information.  International attendees who require a personalized visa letter, please see the ACS travel site.


Contact the AGRO Program Chair, Jay Gan for more information on the scientific program.


AGRO Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Co-sponsored by ABC Laboratories

Recordings of previous Webinars can be accessed on our Webinars Page.

Insect Repellents from Ethnobotanical Clues

May 11, 2016 at 12:00PM Eastern US Time


Mosquito and tick-borne diseases seriously affect the health of humans and domesticated animals throughout the world. Repellents provide protection against mosquito and tick bites and, consequently, reduce pathogen transmission. Systematically investigating traditional remedies that have been used by native peoples for managing and controlling insect bites has proven to be an excellent source for finding new natural compounds with potential usefulness in repelling biting insects. Examples will be provided for using this approach for the discovery and development of natural product-based insect repellents.

Charles Cantrell Charles Cantrell is a Research Chemist at the USDA-ARS Natural Products Utilization Research Laboratory in Oxford, Mississippi. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Louisiana State University in 1998 followed by postdoctoral research at the National Cancer Institute from 1998 to 2000. At ARS he is responsible for the discovery of natural product-based pest management products. Dr. Cantrell has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 7 book chapters, two US patents and 2 international patents. He served as Associate Editor of Pest Management Science from 2012 to present, and President of the Phytochemical Society of North America in 2010.