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Weed Science Societies Announce Plans for Upcoming Annual Meetings

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – October 21, 2019 – Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and five affiliated scientific societies announced plans for annual meetings that will explore new innovations and best practices in weed control.

Presenters and attenders at each event include scientists, educators, students and others interested in sustainable weed management and the conservation of natural resources. 

Meeting dates and additional details are provided below.

  • Canadian Weed Science Society, November 18-21, Kelowna, British Columbia

This year’s annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society will focus on “New Ways of Thinking About Weed Management.” Among the many topics on the agenda are:

  • The forgotten science of aquatic weed management
  • Keeping biocontrols in the weed management toolbox
  • The politics of pesticides
  • How to bridge the gap between modern agriculture and consumers

In addition, a special workshop will focus on glyphosate – from how the herbicide is used to its relationship with the environment and human health.

Early-bird registration ends October 28. October 30 is the last day to reserve hotel rooms at the conference rate. Additional information is available at www.weedscience.ca.

  • North Central Weed Science Society, December 10-13, Columbus, Ohio

Planning is underway for the 74th annual meeting of the North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS).  Five symposia are on the agenda, including:

  • Using RStudio for visualization and analysis of weed science experiments
  • The what, how and why of dicamba tank clean-out
  • Improving the relevance of the NCWSS to industry
  • Cover crops: an ecological tool for weed management
  • Invasive plants (a session organized by the Midwest Invasive Plant Network and the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin that will start at the end of the regularly scheduled conference)

About 240 paper and poster submissions have been received for the event. Presentations will focus on corn, soybean and specialty crops; equipment and application methods; extension efforts; herbicide physiology; management of invasive weeds, rangeland, pastures and vegetation; and the biology, ecology and management of weeds. Further meeting information and registration details will be posted at http://ncwss.org as they become available.

  • Northeastern Weed Science Society, January 6-9, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Northeastern Weed Science Society (NEWSS) will hold its annual meeting in association with the Northeastern Plant, Pest and Soils Conference (NEPPSC). The NEWSS and other NEPPSC sponsors expect about 115 papers. They plan a symposium on inclusion and diversity in weed science, as well as roundtable discussions on various crop segments and industry updates. Special programming for graduate students will include a luncheon and symposium on navigating grad school and weed science careers. Additional information will be posted at www.newss.org as it becomes available.

  • Southern Weed Science Society, January 27-30, Biloxi, Mississippi

This year’s annual meeting of the Southern Weed Science Society will feature a symposium on “Wildlife and Invasive Species Management and the Impact on the Environment and the Economy.” A preconference golf tournament will be held to benefit the organization’s endowment. Further details will be posted at http://swss.ws as the conference agenda is finalized.

  • Weed Science Society of America and Western Society of Weed Science, March 2-5, Maui, Hawaii

Weed Science Society of America and Western Society of Weed Science are planning a joint annual meeting. The agenda will be posted online at www.wssa.net and at www.wsweedscience.org as planning for the event progresses.

About the Weed Science Society of America

The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Society promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit www.wssa.net.

Media Contact:                                             

Lee Van Wychen, Executive Director of Science Policy

National & Regional Weed Science Societies

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