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ACS has extended the deadline for abstracts to April 20, 2020.
Don’t Miss the AGRO50 celebration in San Francisco in August 16-20 2020!

We invite you to come celebrate the 50th AGRO Anniversary with members, retirees, and friends of the Division during the San Francisco ACS meeting, August. 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.

For all the details on submitting abstracts, applying for student travel awards and other awards, please see the San Francisco Event Page.

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 for Wednesday, August 19.  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

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.


6:00 – Leave San Francisco
8:00 – USDA National Germplasm Repository– Farming could be considered the original biological technology, see USDA’s extensive plant germplasm collection
9:00 – Dixon Ridge Farms – Organic walnut harvesting and processing
10:10 – University of California Davis – Department of Animal Sciences – Air quality and impact of livestock on the atmosphere
12:00 – Lunch at Historic Ryde Hotel
1:20 – Green & Hemly Packing Operation – Advances in apple and pear packing techniques
4:00 – Return to San Francisco by ~5PM

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 (

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 SF meeting 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.

Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration Sponsors

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