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About the 2014 Annual Meeting
95th Annual Meeting
Dallas, TX
January 31 -February 2, 2014


2014 Pre-Conference Newsletter
Contains meeting and hotel registration informaiton, information for Chairs and
presenters, election results, and program at a glance.
2013 Fall Newsletter
Call for paper titles, award nominiations and election ballot

Meetings moved to Friday-Sunday

At the 2013 meetings, the Executive Committee decided to schedule the 2014 meetings Friday through Sunday as opposed to the traditional Saturday through Monday.  Why? Mondays are very busy days at Universities, and beginning the meetings at the end of the work week may offer fewer conflicts with classes and other University activities.  Most societies at SAAS meet Sunday-Tuesday.  Thus, there would be greater availability of meeting rooms for Friday and Saturday.  For two of our three days, basically we would have the facilities to ourselves.  Yet, there are days that overlap with other societies for interdisciplinary interaction.
Schedule of Meetings
To maintain the historical scheduling sequence, the entire program will be moved as a block one day earlier. See the last page of newsletter for greater detail.
•    Working Group Meetings
•    Administrators Meetings
•    ACB Club Share and tour
•    Executive Committee Meeting
•    Poster session set-up and viewing
•    ACB judging contest
•    Working Group Meetings
•    Extension and Education Sections meetings.
•    Judging student oral paper and poster competitions
•    SAAS Board Meeting
•    Poster session and viewing
•    ACB Business meeting and election of officers
•    Commodity Sections meetings.
•    Business Meeting
•    Super Bowl Party

Dues and Membership
ASHS Headquarters will start collecting and managing dues for the Southern Region. Dues can be paid at the Southern Region annual meetings, with your yearly ASHS membership, or through the ASHS Online Store at, Dues are $30.  Notice: Dues must be current to be elected to an office, and to receive a career award, dues must be current and paid in 3 out of the past 5 years.  SRASHS By Laws state that dues apply to the year paid.  We do not collect dues in arrears, so when you pay your dues they will be credited to the year you pay.

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