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ASA Centennial: 100 Years of Integrating Crops, Soils, and Environment, 1907-2007

Centennial Logo“Today we are assembled in the first annual meeting since the organization of the American Society of Agronomy - the first association of the kind in America, and one that will have, without question, a tremendous influence on agricultural investigation and practice.”-- Mark A. Carleton, ASA’s first president

A century ago, a group of individuals interested in agronomy met in Chicago on Dec. 31, 1907, for the purpose of organizing the American Society of Agronomy to “increase the dissemination of knowledge concerning soils and crops and the conditions affecting them.” Now, as ASA celebrates its centennial, highlights have been compiled that look back at the formation and growth of ASA and also look to the future.

Centennial Celebrations

Congress Recognizes ASA 100th Anniversary
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Agronomy, both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have developed legislation honoring this historic event. View legislation: House | Senate

CSA News February Issue: Annual Meetings in Review
View the Centennial Celebrations covered in the February issue of CSA News (login required) for photos and articles about the 2007 Annual Meetings, including highlights of the Centennial Celebrations.

Annual Meeting Centennial Papers
View the online recordings of several Centennial papers presented at the 2007 Annual Meetings, including:

Highlights of 100 years of ASA


This supplement to Agronomy Journal is part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the journal. As you read these diverse and informative articles, reflect on the profession of agronomy. These historial articles include:

Long Term Field Experiements Around the World Calendar CoverCENTENNIAL CALENDAR

For the 2007 ASA Centennial, the Agronomy Journal Editorial Board assembled pictures from 12 of the oldest long-term experiments in the world for a celebratory calendar that was distributed to the entire membership. The calendar included location, findings, annual rainfall, elevation, and contact personnel for each. Click on the pdf file to see the information from that calendar:
Long Term Field Experiements Around the World

The Future of ASA & Agronomy

New Orleans Meetings Mark the Beginning of Our Path into the Future, ASA President's Message, August 2007

After 10,000 Years of Agriculture, Whither Agronomy? Agronomy Journal Centennial Paper