Aims and Objectives of the Society

The purpose of the Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society is the advancement and development of subtropical plant sciences, animal sciences and environmental sciences. The Society’s aim is to stimulate interest in research and its practical application to the production of crops and animals. At periodic meetings subjects of interest are presented by specialists in their field. These presentations have been followed by forums. A Newsletter announces and discusses these programs and brings other news of interest to Society members. The Society sponsors an annual Institute which features outstanding speakers from all parts of the world who present new developments in the field of plant science. Panel discussions, social get-together’s, and a meal complete the program. The Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Journal provides a continuing record of agricultural, animal and environmental sciences progress. Along with research reports, talks given at the Institute may be published in Subtropical Agriculture and Environments annually. Anyone interested in plant. animal and environmental sciences can become a member of the Society.


 February 9, 2018 

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Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society


Venue: Rio Farms, Inc.

25601 North FM 88

Monte Alto, TX

Rio Farms map


 Moderator:  Dr Debbie Villalon, President of SAES 

Time  Titles & Speakers 

07:45-08:20 Registration: $25 Students, $45 Individual, $35 for Institutional registrations of 5 or more

08:20-08:30  Introductions:  Debbie Villalon, President

08:30-09:00  Barry Goldsmith, NOAA, Meteorological update for LRGV agriculture

09:00- 9:30   Shad Nelson, Advancing Student Learning Opportunities in the Agricultural and Biological Sciences through Hispanic Serving Institutional Collaborations

9:30-9:50      Hugh Conway, APHIS, Mexican Fruit Fly –Aerial release of Mexican fruit fly by Drone (UAV)

9:50-10:45   Break and Poster Session

10:45-11:05   Robert Miller, Areawide management of Cattle Fever Tick in Puerto Rico

11:05-11:25   Randy Stanko, Utilization of Hair Sheep as an alternative small ruminant in South Texas

11:25-11:45   Larry Smith, Update on Boll Weevil Eradication in the LRGV and Tamualipas

11:45-12:05  Sonja Swiger, Extension, CDC center for excellence in vector borne disease

12:05-12:25  Ninfa Ramos, Development of Some Strategies for the Control of Spodoptera sp.

12:25-1:00  Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 SAES: Election of new officers & Potts Award

2:00 -3:00 Student presentations

3:00-4:00 Tour of Rio Farms


72st Annual Meeting of the Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society

Registration on-site (cash, check, OR CREDIT CARDS): $25 Students, $45 Individual, $35 for advance institutional registrations of 5 or more. For advance credit card payment (preferred) call: Teresa.Gonzales@tamuk.edu 956.447.3362. Registration includes BBQ lunch.

VENUE: Rio Farms, 25601 North FM 88, Monte Alto, TX

DATE: February 9, 2018 (8 am to 1 pm)

Call for Abstracts:  Open until Jan 26, 2018 

Please, inform your students, colleagues and interested parties

There will be a poster session during the 72th Annual Meeting of the Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society on February 9, 2018. Abstracts of the presentations and posters will be published in the Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Journal. If you would like to present a poster, please submit an abstract by Februay 2, 2018 to the submission link is:  bit.ly/abstract2018

Abstract format: Title (bold) Author(s) (bold) Affiliations (italics; not bold; one affiliation per line; include corresponding author’s email addressAbstract (normal font). Limit to 1 paragraph of no more than 275 words.

Poster format: Dimensions: The poster should NOT exceed 36”Wx48”L (91×122 cm). Title lines: Brief but informative title, authors’ names and affiliations. Use a simple sans serif-face font such as Arial. Lettering for the title should be at least 1 inch; the authors’ names and affiliations may be somewhat smaller. Content: Please use tables and figures and limit verbiage; research details can be provided in discussions with interested parties; lettering for text and illustrations should be legible from a short distance. Display: A poster board (~36”Wx48”L) will be provided for mounting each poster. For further information about the poster session, contact: Veronica Ancona-Contreras Veronica.Ancona-Contreras@tamuk.edu; indicate INQUIRY in the subject line.

Students who submit posters will be part of a competition with cash prizes for the top 3 undergraduate and graduates.  

Student oral presentations:  After lunch, students may present a 3-minute (oral) communication.   For the oral presentation, students can only use ONE single PowerPoint slide. This PowerPoint slide has to be submitted by Feb 8, 2018.


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