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Megan Muehlbauer, NR–ASHS Secretary–Treasurer:

Next Meeting:

The Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference (NEPPSC) will be held January 4-7, 2021 and will take place virtually. The theme of the 2021 meeting will be: “Opportunities for Mutual Learning: Pests and Pandemics.” NEPPSC is jointly organized by the Northern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science, (NR-ASHS), along with the Northeastern Weed Science Society (NEWSS), and the Northeastern Tri-Societies (NE-ASA-CSSA-SSSA).

The goal of this meeting is to provide a venue to bring together people with interests in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, weed management, agricultural systems, agronomy, and soil science for the purpose of sharing of ideas and the presentation of the results of scientific studies and outreach programs. The judged student competitions will be held virtually and will consist of both oral presentations (8-minute presentation) and lightning talks (2-minute presentation with one slide in place of the poster session). Prizes will be awarded for both competitions in the amounts of $300 (1st place), $200 (2nd place), and $100 (3rd place).

Titles are due on Friday, October 2nd and can be submitted at beginning September 1.

Registration opens on November 1st and there will be a reduced flat rate registration fee of $150.

Abstracts are due on January 3rd.

Student travel awards are available to cover the cost of registration. Interested students should e-mail a cover letter and a copy of their CV to

For more information about the NR-ASHS meeting, please visit: or contact

Adrienne Kleintop
NR-ASHS President


New Regional Group of ASHS: Exciting Professional and Student Opportunities

Matthew Taylor, Adrienne Kleintop and Megan Muehlbauer

Beginning as the Northeastern Section of ASHS in 1923 and becoming the Northeast Region – ASHS in 1944, the regional group has again evolved to become the Northern Region – ASHS.  The change was officially approved at the regional business meeting and by the board this month. This change will increase the geographic range of the region by adding the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Maryland (Figure 1).  Each of these states have significant horticulture industries and include several top horticultural colleges and universities.

The Northern Region – ASHS mission will remain the same and seeks to facilitate the mutual exchange of ideas and information concerning horticultural research, extension, education, and industry. This is the same as the Southern Region – ASHS, and both regions operate independently under the auspices of ASHS, electing their own officers and governance structure. The Northern Region-ASHS and the Southern Region-ASHS are the two remaining regions of ASHS.

The purposes of the Northern Region are to promote and encourage university, state, and regional interest in scientific research and education in horticulture through:

  1. The sponsorship of an annual meeting to provide a forum for research, reporting, lectures, and public discussion on horticultural research;

  2. The dissemination of horticultural knowledge through the publication of the abstracts presented at the annual meetings through conference proceedings and ASHS publications;

  3. The participation and offering of leadership opportunities in regional conference and horticultural matters; and,

  4. The development of mutual understanding among individuals and organizations concerned with the science of horticulture.

Opportunities for faculty, students and industry representatives.  

For the past 5 years, the region has joined the Northeastern Plant Pest and Soils Conference (NEPPSC).  This conference brings together regional groups of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, the Soil Science Society of America and the Weed Science Society of America.  By partnering with other societies, the scope of topics being presented at meeting is broadened while remaining relevant. Additionally, there are improved networking and collaborative opportunities for attendees.  Representation from both academia and industry are strong at the meetings, allowing for participates to make and fortify industry connections. The next NEPPSC meeting will take place from January 4-7, 2021 at the Wyndham Gettysburg in Gettysburg, PA.  The deadline for submitting abstract titles for oral or poster presentations at NEPPSC 2021 will be in mid-September and abstracts will be due in early January. Titles relating to industrial hemp or use of technology in horticulture are especially encouraged.

Student Travel Grants and Awards.

Travel awards are available for students and will provide funding to attend the meeting.  Five student travel awards of $500 each will be available to cover registration, lodging, and transportation for undergraduate and graduate students.  Students can apply for the travel award by submitting a copy of their CV along with a 1 page letter explaining how the travel award will help to advance their career to Northern Region ASHS President by November 1, 2020.  The student poster and oral competitions will also be judged and prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category (first place $300, second place $200, and third place $100).    

Figure 1. The NE Region of ASHS (green region) consisted of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and the Canadian provinces of Labrador, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Quebec.  States added to create the Northern Region ASHS (green and yellow regions) include Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Maryland.

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