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

At this time, SAAS and SRASHS are  proceeding with plans to hold face-to-face meeting in New Orleans, LA.  If Covid causes the meetings to be cancelled, the Executive Committee decided that we would proceed with some type virtual conference. Probably, following the schedule in the program and Chairs hosting Zoom meetings from their location.  We will cross that bridge if we come to it.

2021 Fall Newsletter
Call for titles and awards


 2022 PreConference Newsletter
Registration, Hotel registration, Instructions to Chairs and presenters

2022 Program

Updates

Overflow Hotel Options

OPTION 1

InterContinental New Orleans

444 St. Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70130(One block from Sheraton.)

SAAS Rates: Single/Double $159/night + tax. (For triple or quad, add $30/person.)

DEADLINE to RESERVE: 5:00 pm EST, Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Dates SAAS group rates available: Feb. 11-16, 2022. Will also honor group rate 3 days before and 3 days after meeting dates, upon hotel’s availability.

Dedicated website for reservations: https://book.passkey.com/e/50276599

Check in: 4:00 pm Check out: Noon

Complimentary Wifi in guest rooms.

Cancellations within 72 hours of reservation will be charged one night room + tax.

OPTION 2

Courtyard by Marriott

124 St. Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 581-9005

(One block from Sheraton.)

DEADLINE to RESERVE: 5:00 pm EST, Friday, January 21, 2022.

SAAS Rates: $159/night + tax.

Dates SAAS group rates available: Feb. 11-15, 2022

For Reservations: Call Mariott Reservations at 1-800-321-2211 or 504-581-9005 and identify yourself as part of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists group.

Valet parking only: $38/day + tax.


COVID Update from the City of New Orleans

NEW COVID-19 MANDATE EXTENSION

IN EFFECT STARTING JANUARY 3, 202

 https://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/safe-reopening/Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the anticipated surge in cases after the holidays, the City of New Orleans is expanding the COVID-19 vaccine/testing mandate that went into effect on August 12th, 2021.  All locations where adults are currently required to show proof of vaccine or a negative PCR, molecular, or antigen test within 72 hours will remain the same, and will now apply to children starting January 3, 2022.

Beginning Monday January 3rd for everyone age 5+, the City of New Orleans is requiring proof of one dose of the COVID vaccine, or a negative PCR, molecular, or antigen test within 72 hours at restaurants, bars, and other businesses.

  Beginning Tuesday, February 1st for everyone age 5+, the City of New Orleans is requiring proof of two doses of the COVID vaccine, except for those who have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or a negative PCR, molecular, or antigen test within 72 hours at restaurants, bars, and other businesses.

Although there is no mask mandate currently in effect, the use of masks indoors is strongly encouraged at this time.The information below reflects the guidelines that are currently in effect.



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