Northeastern Branch Past Meeting Information

2017 Meeting - Philadelphia, PA

2016 Meeting - Philadelphia, PA

2013 Meeting - Newark, DE

2011 Meeting - Chesapeake Bay, MD

2010 Meeting - Ithaca, NY

2009 Meeting - Portland, ME

2008 Meeting - Montreal, Canada

2007 Meeting - State College, PA

2006 Meeting - Philadelphia, PA

2005 Meeting at the University of Connecticut



2017 Northeastern Plant Health and Pest Conference
January 3-6, 2017
The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

The 2017 Northeastern Plant Health and Pest Conference was held January 3-6, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting provided a venue for the sharing of ideas and the education of members in the fields of agronomy, entomology, horticulture, and weed science. In addition, it provided outreach to practitioners and other professionals associated with the aforementioned disciplines. During the meeting, the Northeastern Branch of ASA-CSSA-SSSA (NEBCSA) recognized the 2016 award winners. The NEBCSA awards are conferred by the branch in recognition of exceptional contributions to the agronomic, crop, or soil sciences, education, and/or service.

Participating Societies: NEBCSA, Northeastern Weed Science Society, and Northeastern Branch of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners!
2016 Teaching Award - John Kaminski, Pennsylvania State University
2016 Extension-Industry Award - Randall (Randy) Prostak, University of Massachusetts
2016 Career Service Award - Sidney (Sid) Bosworth, University of Vermont
2016 Outstanding Senior Student Award - Lindsay Chamberlain, Cornell University
2016 Graduate Student Award - Sayed Amin Afzal, Pennsylvania State University 
                                               K Ann Bybee-Finley, Cornell University

View All NEBCSA Award Winners

2017 Meeting Condensed Program:
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

8AM - 12PM Workshops or Seminars
1PM - 5PM Extension Roundtable Discussions and Workshops
6PM - 9PM Greeting, Social Mixer

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
8AM - 12PM Student Oral and Poster Contests
1PM - 5PM General Session Talks

Thursday, January 5, 2017
8AM - 5PM General Session Talks

Friday, January 6, 2017
8AM - 12PM Open for Overflow Sessions, Executive Committee Meetings

View the Full Program

NEBCSA President Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University,


2016 Northeastern Plant Health and Pest Conference
January 3-7, 2016
Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

The 2016 NEBCSA Meeting was held as a joint meeting. The meeting provided a venue to bring together those with interests in agriculture, agronomy, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, horticulture, and soil science for the purpose of sharing ideas and presenting results of scientific studies and outreach programs. The goal of the meeting was to enhance educational programs and promotion of sound scientific solutions for the shared interests in the Northeastern regions of the United States.

Participating Societies: NEBCSA, Northeastern Weed Science Society, Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Northeastern Division of the American Phytopathological Society, and American Society of Horticultural Science-Northeast Region

Congratulations to the 2015 NEBCSA Award Winners!
The NEBCSA awards are conferred by the branch in recognition of exceptional contributions to the agronomic, crop, or soil sciences, education, and/or service.
2015 Research Award - Henry Lin, Pennsylvania State University
2015 Teaching Award - Ben McGraw, Pennsylvania State University
2015 Extension-Industry Award - John Grande, Rutgers University
2015 Career Service Award - Richard Taylor, University of Delaware
2015 Outstanding Senior Student Award - Rachel Breslauer, Cornell University
2015 Graduate Student Award - Emad Jahanzad, Pennsylvania State University
2015 Outstanding Support Staff Award - Cathy Olsen, University of Delaware

2016 Meeting Condensed Program
Monday, January 4, 2016

8AM - 4PM Workshops and Symposiums
4PM - 7PM Opening Ceremony and Social Mixer
7PM - 8PM Quiz Bowl and Social

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
7AM - 5PM Student Oral and Poster Contests
9AM - 5PM Commercial Displays
9PM - 11PM Industry Social

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
8AM - 5PM Workshops and Sessions
9AM-5PM Research Posters and Commercial Displays
7PM - 9PM General Reception

Thursday, January 7, 2016
8AM - 12PM Workshops and Sessions

View the Full Program

NEBCSA President Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State


UD Dairy arial view


Northeastern Branch CSA Annual Meeting-2013

Nutrient Management for Non-Traditional Agriculture

University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
June 23-26, 2013


The 2013 meeting of the Northeastern Branch of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA was held on the University of Delaware Campus in Newark, DE from June 23-26, 2013. The theme of the meeting was “Expanding our Boundaries: Nutrient Management for Non-Traditional Agriculture”. The Symposium focused on the unique issues that affect nutrient management for non-agronomic commodities and industries – areas including commercial vegetable production for both processing and fresh markets, the landscape, greenhouse and nursery industries, golf courses and other turf grass operations and equine pastures for the pleasure horse industries – all important components of agriculture in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region.


View Final Program


Congratulations to the student competition winners:

Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition

1st Place - Natalie Lounsbury (University of Maryland)
2nd Place - Emmaline Long (Cornell University)
3rd Place - Emad Jahanzad (University of Massachusetts Amherst)


Graduate Student Poster Competition

1st Place - Amir Sadeghpour (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

2nd Place - Reza Keshavarz Afshar (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

3rd Place - Emmaline Long (Cornell University)

Questions? Contact Karen L. Gartley, University of Delaware, at kgartley@UDel.Edu

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2011 Northeastern Branch Annual Meeting
June 26-29, 2011
Host:  University of Maryland

Chesapeake Beach, MD

The 2011 Northeastern Branch Meeting of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA was held June 26-29 at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach, MD. This meeting was designed to allow for collaboration and networking among agronomy, crop, soil, and environmental sciences professionals and students.  It was also an excellent opportunity to students to present their research finding and talk with professionals in their area of research. The program featured:

Sunday Evening Plenary Session and Reception - 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Introductions and Welcome
Dr. Cheng-I Wei, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland-College Park
Hon. Earl F. (Buddy) Hance, Secretary of Agriculture, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Keynote Address: Dr. Richard M. Cruse, Iowa State University
Agricultural Surplus to an Era of Increasing Shortage:Why the change?

Monday - 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Plenary Session:
Joshua McGrath
Asst. Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Technology, University of Maryland
Topic: Environmental issues influencing agricultural operations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

James Baird
Mid-Atlantic States Director, American Farmland Trust
Potential Topic: A national perspective on urbanization pressures facing American agriculture

Jason Scott
President, Maryland Grain Producers' Association
Potential Topic: A farmer’s view of urbanization issues affecting agricultural businesses

David Myers
Senior Agent & Area Extension Educator, Maryland Cooperative Extension
Topic: Pressures Facing Maryland Farmers 

Panel Discussion
Student Oral Presentations (15 minute talks)
Poster Session

Tuesday Tour and Banquet - 8:00 AM - 5:40 PM (tour), 6:30 - 9:00 PM (banquet)
Papa John's Nursery (Shillinger Farm)
Camden Yards
Box Lunch - Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Homestead Gardens
Shady Oak Turf Farm
Griffith Farm
Banquet at Hotel - Crab Dinner, Awards

Wednesday - 7:30 AM - Noon
Presentations (15 minute talks)
Presentations (15 minute talks)
Closing Remarks and Adjourn


View Complete Program (including abstracts)


Congratulations to the student competition winners:

Graduate Student Poster Competition

1st Place - Benjamin Colwell Crockett (Pennsylvania State University)

2nd Place - Saptashati Biswas (University of Maryland)

3rd Place -  AmirAmir Sadeghpour (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Graduate Student Oral Competition

1st Place - Nicole Fiorellino (University of Maryland)
2nd Place - Patrick H. Watkins (University of Maryland  )
3rd Place - David Hamrun (University of Maryland )


CEU creditswere approved by the Mid-Atlantic CCA Board:
Monday Plenary Session - SW (1.0), CM (0.5), and PD (0.5)
Monday Afternoon Session - NM (0.5), SW (1.0)
Wednesday Morning Session - NM (1.0), SW (0.5), CM (1.0)


Questions? Contact Robert Hill, University of Maryland, at 


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2010 Northeastern Branch Annual Meeting
June 27-30, 2010
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
The 2010 Northeastern Branch Meeting of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA met June 27-30 at Cornell University, with a thoughtful program of speakers and activities. 
The program featured: 
Sunday Evening Plenary Session - "Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Food Production in the year 2040" with Dr. Chris Barrett.  Dr. Barrett discussed the changing demand and supply conditions for world food production and the implications for US and northeastern agriculture.  He emphasized not only commercial opportunities and challenges but also the humanitarian and environmental challenges implicit in the evolving agricultural economy.
Monday Plenary Session - continued from Sunday and featured:
  • Northeast US Food Production - Tom Overton and Mike van Amburgh, both with Cornell University
  • Northeastern Dairy Farm Systems - Charlie Sniffen, Fencrest, LLC and Ev Thomas, Oak Point Agronomics
  • Farmer Panel - Challenges and Opportunities at the Farm Level

Monday Afternoon - lunch and business meeting, student oral presentation competition, poster session, reception

Tuesday - Tours
1.  Bioenergy Tour -  bioenergy and biofuels
2.  New York Farm tour (progressive central NY farms investing in the future, involved in research and testing and implementing new technologies)

Tuesday Evening - Reception, Dinner, Awards - Myers Park, Lansing, NY

Wednesday Morning - Professional Presentations

Adjourn - 12:30, Wednesday Afternoon

View Final Agenda

View Abstracts 

Thanks to Cornell University and Quirine Ketterings for hosting the meeting and developing the program.

Congratulations to the student competition winners:

Graduate Student Poster Competition

1st Place - Emmaline A. Long (Cornell University)


Graduate Student Oral Competition

1st Place - David R. Moody (Cornell University)
2nd Place - Sara Rostampour (Cornell University)
3rd Place - Ali Farsad (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and Chase Michael Rogan (Pennsylvania State University  )
Extension-Industry Award - Gregory D. Binford (University of Delaware)
Teaching Award - Heather D. Karsten (Pennsylvania State University )
Research Award - Joshua M. McGrath (University of Maryland )
Outstanding Senior Award - John Orlowski (Cornell University)
Contact Quirine Ketterings, Cornell University, at


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2009 Northeastern Branch Annual Meeting
12-15 July, 2009
Portland, ME
The 2009 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Northeastern Regional Branch Annual Meeting was held 12-15 July in Portland, Maine, at the Holiday Inn By the Bay.  The meeting featured a plenary session on sustainable production systems, presentation sessions, tours, banquet, and a special session on Advancing organic production systems in the Northeast: research results and opportunitites and possible roles for agricultural service providers.

View Final Program (pdf)

Congratulations to the 2009 Northeastern Branch of ASA-CSSA-SSSA Award Recipients.  The following were recognized for their accomplishments:
Extension-Industry -  Richard Kersbergen (University of Maine)
Research - Bahram Momen (University of Maryland)
Teaching - Brian Needelman (University of Maryland)
Support Staff - Gary Seibel (University of Maryland)
Graduate Student - Jing Dai (Pennsylvania State)
Outstanding Senior - Miriam Goler (Cornell University)
Career Service - Richard Weismiller (University of Maryland) and Thomas Kilcer (Cornell University)



Northeastern Branch President,
Dave Hansen

Program Planning Chair,
John Jemison



The Annual Meeting of the ASA, CSSA and SSSA Northeastern Branch
July 13-16, 2008
Montreal, Canada



 The 2008 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Branch was held jointly in a conference co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of Agronomy and the Canadian Society of Horticultural Science and was hosted by McGill University, Montreal, Canada at the downtown campus.

The final program book is available for viewing:


The conference featured a plenary symposium on Biofuels, Bioproducts and Ecological Intensification and many opportunities for presenting research and interacting with colleagues from the U.S. and Canada. This conference was also a great opportunity for graduate students to present their research and meet students from other universities. Student award winners were:

1st Place – Ashley Dere (Penn State University)
2nd Place – Sally Flis (Miner Institute)
3rd Place – Yvonne Lawley (University of Maryland)
3rd Place – Cassie LeClair (Nova Scotia Agricultural College)

Professional Award Receipients were:
Career Service Award - Peter "Pete" Barney (Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Extension-Industry Award - Janet Fallon (Dairy One)
Research Award - Quirine Ketterings (Cornell University)
Teaching Award - Timothy Setter (Cornell University)
Graduate Student Award - Kulbushan Grover (Pennsylvania State University)
Outstanding Senior Award - Scott Grandt (Cornell University)


Sid Bosworth
President, ASA, CSSA, SSSA Northeastern Branch


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2007 Annual Meeting
June 24-26, 2007
Penn State Conference Center
State College, PA
A Joint Conference of the Northeastern Branch of ASA-CSSA-SSSA and the
American Forage and Grassland Council



The conference brought together producers, scientists and forage industry professionals together with members of the Northeastern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America, from across the US and Canada. Attendees presented papers, attended tours, students participated in the graduate student paper presentation competition, and saw friends and colleagues.


The final 2007 schedule of events is available in a pdf.   All attendees received a complete set of the abstracts on CD.


Call Richard Weismiller (301-405-1307) or Marvin Hall (814-863-1019) .


Congratulations to the student competition winners:
Outstanding Senior Award - Christopher Forsythe Brosch (University of Maryland)
Extension-Industry Award - Jerome H. Cherney (Cornell University)
Research Award - Marvin H. Hall (Pennsylvania State University )
Support Staff Award - Pam Kline (Cornell University )
Graduate Student Award - David Parsons (Cornell University )


Richard Weismiller, NEBCSA President
Marvin Hall, NEBCSA and AFGC Conference Chair


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2006 Northeastern Branch Annual Meeting

11 July 2006

Philadelpia, PA

Held in conjunction with the World Congress of Soil Science



The 2006 Annual Meeting was condensed into a one-day agenda, on 11 July , 2006, in Philadelphia, PA.  The meeting was held at the Philadelphia Marriott, in conjunction with the World Congress of Soil Science.  The program featured graduate presentations and a business meeting and awards presentations - for both students and the traditional branch awards.  This was followed by a social hour.


The program is available online.


Congratulations to the student competition winner:
Graduate Student Soil Science Presentation
1st Place - Bianca Nadine Moebius-Clune (Cornell University )


Greg W. Roth
Northeastern Branch ASA-CSSA-SSSA

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2005 Northeastern Branch Annual Meeting

10-13 July, 2005

Storrs, CT


The 2005 Annual Meeting of the ASA and SSSA Northeastern Branch was held in Storrs, Connecticut from July 10-13. Of note, the planning committee organized an interesting symposium on the "Effect of Climate Change on Northeast Agriculture." Symposium topics included:

  • Evidence of Climate Change in the Northeastern United States,
  • Climate Change Impacts on NE Agriculture and Farmer Adaptation,
  • Weed Ecology and Weed Control in a High CO2 World,
  • Agricultural Carbon Sequestration: Practical and Policy Issues, and
  • Climate Change and Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities for Extension.


Additional activities included a Graduate Student Paper Session, targeted sessions in both crops and soils, poster sessions, tours and awards. The meeting presentations are being provided to all interested members as a way to disseminate our sciences.

2005 Meeting Presentations

View 2005 Annual Meeting Abstracts


Thomas Morris

Northeastern Branch President


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