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Association of Collegiate Branch

2018 Annual Meeting Program
February 2-4 2018
Jacksonville, FL

2018 PreConference Newsletter

Pre-Registration and Registration Information
The cost of Registration is:
$110    Members, Faculty and Industry
$40    Graduate student
$20    Undergraduate student
$20    ACB Club registration.  
Pre-registration online prior to the meeting and registration at the meeting are the same rate.  Pre-registration is fully refunded if you cancel at any time and for any reason.  Therefore, everyone is strongly encouraged to pre-register online.  If you pre-register online, cancellation refunds will be credited to your credit card.

Pre-Registration Online
(strongly encouraged)
Deadline: Prior to and through the meeting.
Go to the following URL to access the Southern Region ASHS Registration Site:
We would like to thank Mike Neff and ASHS Headquarters for supplying the online registration service.
Registration at the Meeting
On-site registration will be available at the meeting.
Payment:    Check (personal, institutional, organization, foundation) or cash. Credit card via onsite online registration.

Hotel Information
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront
225 E Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904.588.1234
Fax: 904.633.9988
Deadline to make reservations: Friday, January 22, 2018
Group Rates:
Single/Double/Triple: $139/night
Quad: $159/night
Riverview Room: +$20/night
Premier Room:  +$40/night
Junior Suite: +$100/night
NOTE:  Due to room inventory, SAAS only contracted for Queen/Queen rooms at the conference rate.
SAAS rate includes: No resort fee, no fee for Health Club or pool usage, and 50% discount on self-parking fees.

The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront has provided us with a dedicated website for online hotel booking.
Booking Website:
(If you need additional assistance, call the reservations phone number listed below.)
Or, reservations can be made online or by calling 1-888-421-1442.  Refer to the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS) group block. Reservations can include 3 days ahead and 3 days after the meeting dates at the discounted group rate, if rooms are available.
Check in:  3:00 pm
Check out:  Noon

Airport Information
The Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), located at 2400 Yankee Clipper Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32218, is approximately 15 miles (22 minutes) from the conference hotel.


Forms and Nomination Applications
All the forms needed for awards and nominations are available on the Forms link in the left side panerl
Active Membership and Dues Status
 Dues are paid through National ASHS with your National Membership enrollment, or throught the Online Store at

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 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. 

  • 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.

David Creech
Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 13000
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX
Phone: 936-468-4343
Fax: 936-468-4747
Curt  Rom
Department of Horticulture
University of Arkansas
316 Plant Science Buidling
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1021
Phone: 479-575-7434
Fax: 479-575-8619
David Wm. Reed
Dept. of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2133
Phone: (979) 458-0710
Fax: (979) 845-6083