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MESSAGE BOARD
2022 Annual Meetings
February 11-13, 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana

At this time, SAAS is proceeding with plans to hold face-to-face meeting in New Orleans, LA.  Thus, SRASHS is proceeding with plans also.  If Covid causes the meetings to be cancelled, the Executive Committee decided that we would proceed with some type virtual conference.  Hence, we will proceed with calling for paper and poster titles and awards.


2021 Fall Newsletter
Schedule of the Meetings
The general schedule of the meetings will be:
Friday
    Working Group Meetings
    Administrators Meetings
    ACB Club Share and tour
    Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday
    Poster session set-up and viewing
    ACB judging contest
    Working Group Meetings
    Extension, Education & overflow Sections
    Edmund, Childers, Barham and Poster Judging competitions
    SAAS Board Meeting
Sunday
    Poster session and viewing
    ACB Business meeting & officer election
    Commodity Section meetings.
    Business Meeting
    Super Bowl Party if you hang around

Forms Where to Get
The Southern Region web site:
http://srashs.org/Forms/forms.html
    ACB Awards Nomination Forms
    Outstanding Graduate Student Award Nomination form
    Member Awards Nomination Forms
    Submit Paper Titles & Instructions
    Abstract Preparation Instructions
    Instructions to Section Chairs
    Submit Directory Information
    Instructions to Judges
 
Southern Region Dues
ASHS Headquarters collects and manages dues for the Southern Region.  It is recommended to pay your dues with your yearly ASHS membership.  If you are not a member of National ASHS, you can pay your dues through the ASHS Online Store at https://ashs.org/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=2463036 or at the annual meetings.  Dues are $30. Notice: Dues must be paid to be elected to an office or to receive an award.

Early Bird Hotel Information and Reservations
This is a very reasonable rate for a hotel directly in the French Quarter on Canal Street during Mardi Gras season.  The room allotment could fill quickly, so it might be a good idea to reserve your room early.  Notice the rate is good for 3 days prior and after the meetings.
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msyis-sheraton-new-orleans-hotel/

RESERVATIONS:  For lodging reservations, click on this link which is specific for our SAAS conference:
https://book.passkey.com/event/50200467/owner/111/landing
Or, call the Sheraton 888-627-7033.  Be sure to ask for the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists group rate.
RATES:    Single/Double/Triple/Quad  $159 +tax
Group Rate will be honored for 3 days before and 3 days after conference dates of Feb. 10-15 for visiting/sightseeing, if available.
Deadline:  Thursday, January 20, 2022, 11:59 PM CST. 
CHECK IN:      4:00 pm
CHECK OUT:    11:00 am
AIRPORT: Hotel is approx.15 miles (approx. 27 minutes) from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY).
Hotel does not provide shuttle service to and from the airport. Click here for further information..
PARKING: On-site parking, fee: $35 USD daily; Valet $48.
AMENITIES:  Complimentary WiFi in sleeping and meeting rooms. (The minimum bandwidth for complimentary in guest rooms is 7 Mbps for basic level.)  Complimentary access to 24-hour Sheraton Fitness Center
SHIPPING AND STORAGE:  Please call the Sheraton at 504-525-2500 and ask for specifics. Be sure to mention you are with Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS).

SAAS Web Site
https://www.saasinc.org/
Contains additional information about restaurants, things to do, weather and airport information.
Southern Region Dues
ASHS Headquarters collects and manages dues for the Southern Region.  It is recommended that you pay your dues with your yearly ASHS membership.  If you are not a member of National ASHS, you can pay your dues through the ASHS Online Store at https://ashs.site-ym.com/store/default.aspx? or at the annual meetings.  Dues are $30. Notice: Dues must be paid to be elected to an office or to receive an award.

Southern Region ASHS
The Southern Region  ASHS is a regional scientific society of the parent scientific society the American Society for Horticultural Science.  The Southern Region encompasses the 14 southern states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.  Membership varies over the years from about 400 to 500 active members.  Membership is composed of  research scientists, teachers and extension specialist from Universities, State, Federal and private research organizations, and industry. The Southern Region also contains a student section, the Association of Collegiate Branch, which is composed of student clubs from Departments of Horticulture and Plant Science across the region.  The main focus of the Southern Region is the Annual Meeting, which is held every February in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS).  The Annual Meeting consist of presentations of scientific papers, student paper competitions and judging contest, commodity group meetings,  and awards presentations. 

Goals:
  • Encourage and facilitate the mutual exchange of ideas and information concerning horticultural research, extension, education, and industry in the south
  • Promote stronger bonds among horticulturists in the southern regions
  • Encourage participation in the national society of the American Society for Horticultural Science
The Southern Region ASHS is recognized widely as the strongest and most active Region of the American Society for  Horticultural Science, and has a history that goes back to 1920!  Join us and become a part of the Tradition.

President
David Creech
Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 13000
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX
75962-3000
Phone: 936-468-4343
Fax: 936-468-4747
dcreech@sfasu.edu
President-Elect
Curt  Rom
Department of Horticulture
University of Arkansas
316 Plant Science Buidling
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1021
Phone: 479-575-7434
Fax: 479-575-8619
drp,@uarl/edi
Secretary-Treasurer
David Wm. Reed
Dept. of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2133
Phone: (979) 458-0710
Fax: (979) 845-6083
dwreed@tamu.edu