1890 Symposium

ARD Research Symposium 2024

Symposium Theme:
Climate, Health and Cultivating the Next Generation of Agriculture Leaders: Creating Solutions in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources

The first ARD Research Symposium was held in 1976 to commemorate the United States’ Bicentennial and to showcase the varied accomplishments of research scientists and students at the 1890 Institutions. Similarly, the ARD Research Symposium in 2024 will provide opportunities for scientists and students to present research papers and posters that share innovative and practical research findings in the food and agricultural sciences.

The 2024 Symposium will be held on April 6 – April 9, 2024 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. This Symposium is expected to attract more than 900 participants and more than 500 research papers and posters will be presented. A major highlight of the Symposium will be the presentation of awards, especially the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award, the B. D. Mayberry Young Scientist Award, and student awards for outstanding oral and poster presentations. Other activities include (a) General and Plenary Sessions, (b) Student Competitive Paper and Poster Sessions, (c) Scientists’ Paper and Poster Sessions, (d) Award Programs, (e) Exhibits by colleges and universities, government agencies, and private industry, and (f) special initiatives for students and workshops for all participants.

Focusing on the theme of the Symposium, “Climate, Health and Cultivating the Next Generation of Agriculture Leaders: Creating Solutions in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources” research papers and posters will be presented in five areas:

Family, Youth, Community and Economic Development
Food Safety, Nutrition, Health, and Health Disparities
Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change
Plant Health and Production and Plant Products
Animal Health and Production and Animal Products

Request for Support

Support is sought (through grants, exhibitors, and sponsors) for the conference, expenses, awards, and student-related activities. In addition to providing financial support, the 2024 Research Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for colleges and universities, agencies, firms, organizations, etc. to establish and/or expand relationships with the ARD and the 1890 Institutions. We invite you to take advantage of this educational and engagement opportunity.

Contact Information

Dr. Orlando F. McMeans
Symposium Steering Committee Chair
Phone for Dr. McMeans: 225.771.4310
Email: orlando_mcmeans@suagcenter.com

Dr. Alton Thompson
Executive Director of the ARD
Phone for Dr. Thompson: 336.285.2955
E-Mail: athompson1@ncat.edu

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