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The AGRO50 Celebration has been postponed
Don’t Miss the “AGRO50 and Beyond” celebration in Atlanta Aug 22-26, 2021!

While we are still planning  for an excellent scientific program at this Fall ACS National Meeting (either in-person or virtual), we have made the difficult decision to delay many of our 50th anniversary celebration activities by one year. We thank all the sponsors who have signed up so far to support this celebration. Your support is appreciated and will be acknowledged next year at our AGRO50 and Beyond celebration being held in Atlanta at the ACS Fall National Meeting on August 22-26, 2021.

We will begin our celebration year with a few kick-off activities at the 2020 Fall meeting and culminate our celebration during the Atlanta meeting in Fall 2021 with our GALA events. Therefore, we now invite you to come celebrate AGRO’s 50th Anniversary with members, retirees, and friends of the Division during the Atlanta ACS meeting, August, 2021. By highlighting the rich history, accomplishments, and contributors of 50 years of AGRO success we hope to educate and inspire the next generation regarding Divisional activities and participation.

In addition to our normal technical programming, a full day symposium titled Chemistry for Sustainable Agriculture and Public Health: AGRO Evolution and Future Opportunities is planned.  Come hear noteworthy speakers and panelists review historic contributions of AGRO and provide future perspectives on all topics of interest to AGRO.  The symposium will be immediately followed by a Gala Reception of food and drink to include AGRO partners, friends, and retirees.  Watch for program info via the ACS or AGRO websites by midsummer; contact Jeanette Van Emon ( or Ken Racke ( for details.

We are soliciting a limited number of sponsorships to help fund the 50th Anniversary. Corporate sponsorship of a Gala Table will be $800 to $1000.  Visit the sponsors page of the AGRO website at or contact Andy Newcombe ( for benefits.

Join a Special Post-Conference Agricultural Field Tour

UPDATE: This Event will be Rescheduled for 2021 in Atlanta

A full-day tour of important agricultural sites in California will be organized on Friday, August 21.  The trip will be both scenic and educational and will include short presentations at farms sites. Stops will include tomato harvesting, apple packing, walnut processing, federal and state research plots, and UC Davis.

Lunch at the historic Ryde Hotel in Sacramento will also be included. Advance tickets for preferred purchase by AGRO members, teachers, students, USDA, IR-4, and US EPA will be available soon via the AGRO website. The registration fee has not been finalized and will be dependent on the number of participants. Contact Heidi Irrig ( for additional information.

Contribute to Historical Timeline

We are seeking member input about all the amazing things have happened during the life of our Division. The purpose of this timeline effort is to capture and recognize noteworthy events that are important to AGRO members and their careers.

To contribute a Divisional, personal, or research/product milestone, please download the Timeline Submission Form (Excel spreadsheet), enter your information and submit via email back to Cheryl Cleveland (

All input is welcome, some will be initially used this Fall 2020 and collection can continue through 2021.

Share a photo to be included in the AGRO Celebration Slide Show

We would like to document the historical events and people of our Division in pictures for sharing at the AGRO50 and Beyond Celebration and posting to the AGRO website.  To contribute a photo or image, please upload your files to the special Google Drive. Be sure to review the instructions file on the site for submitting your files.

For questions, please Caitlin Rering ( for further details.

We are continuing to collect photos. All input is welcome, some will be initially used this Fall 2020 and collection can continue through 2021.

Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration Sponsors

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