32nd Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference

Publication Guidelines


Call for Papers

Publication Guidelines

Poster Guidelines



Field Day



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Dinku M. Endale1*
1USDA-ARS, J. Phil Campbell Sr. Natural Res. Conservation Center, Watkinsville, GA 30677.


The abstract should be 250 words or less. This abstract will be included along with authors and locations in a handout at the conference. Oral presenters can submit a full paper or a summary. Limit a summary to 2 pages with no reference, figure or table. If you want to include tables or figures in the summary, then make it a full paper. Format the summary as above with SUMMARY replacing ABSTRACT. Poster presenters can submit a full paper, summary or just an abstract. For abstract follow format here and limit to 250 words or less. Please submit your contribution by June 21, 2010.


The theme for the 32nd conference is Conservation Agriculture Impacts - Local and Global. The conference topic areas are varied ranging from production issues in conservation tillage to conservation agriculture effects on bioenergy production and the use of new precision technologies and biotechnology for production efficiency. Technological advances have been a major part of the advancement of conservation agriculture in the US and worldwide. We hope the conference presentations will address crop and bioenergy production efficiency and biotechnology, with emphasis on the local (southern USA), but global impacts as well. The conference, July 20-21, is being held in conjunction with the Milan No-till Field Day on July 22.

The primary mission of the Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference (SCASC) is to provide a medium for exchanging information about conservation agricultural systems and related technology between and among researchers, Extension personnel, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, Soil and Water Conservation District personnel, crop consultants, agrochemical companies, farmers, and any other party interested in increasing use of sustainable agricultural practices. The primary goal of most conservation agricultural systems research is to develop improved technology to increase yields and/or profitability of agricultural crops and livestock while maintaining or improving the quality of soil and water resources available for agricultural, domestic, and recreational uses. The overall objective of the SCASC is to expand the conservation agricultural systems in the southern United States for the purpose of controlling erosion and reducing environmental degradation.

More information for the conference can be found at:


Please format your paper as specified below. Failure to do so may result in your submission being excluded from the proceedings. For any questions, please contact Dinku Endale at; 706-769-5631 Ext 239.

  • Page size: 8.5 by 11 inches.
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides.
  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Line spacing: Single
  • Page numbering: No page numbering or headings. These will be added during editing.
  • Units of measure: English units (SI units may be added in parenthesis behind English units if desired, but not required).
  • Length: Not to exceed 10 pages, including references, figures, and tables.
  • Title: Should be centered at the top of the pages in boldface type and capital letters, followed by a blank line. Names of the authors should be centered directly below the title. On the next line, include the name and location of the research location. On the next line, include the presenter’s email address. Place an asterisk by the presenter’s name and email address. For multiple authors and locations, use superscripts for identification.
  • Content: Include Summary, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, and References sections. Center these headings in boldface type and capital letters.
  • References: Use the accepted style of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) (ASA-CSSA-SSSA, 2004). Use author-year citation system in body of text in parenthesis. Place references in order by last name. Include all authors, year, complete title, publication, volume, and page numbers. For books, cite all authors, year, complete title, page numbers, editors, book title, and publisher. Use style manual approved abbreviations. Reference guidelines can be found at:
  • Tables: Number tables consecutively. Table guidelines should follow those defined in the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Style Manual. Guidelines can be found at: Place tables within the paper.
  • Figures: Include figures within the body of the paper. Figures may be in color or black and white.
  • File: Save document in Microsoft Word Format. File name should be presenter’s full name (John_Doe.doc or John_Doe.docx). If more than one submission add 1,2, etc to name.
  • Submission: Submit via email to Dinku Endale ( with cc to ).
  • Deadline: June 21, 2010.


All proceeding papers will be available online following the conference. Papers will be posted at:


The three day conference is designed to educate/share information about conservation tillage systems topics between farmers, researchers, extension agents, and NRCS personnel in an interactive setting. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to attend the 26th Milan No-Till Field Day scheduled on July 22, 2010.


ASA-CSSA-SSSA. 2004. Publications handbook and style manual. Available at: (verified 1 May 2009). ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, Madison, WI.

Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference. 2009a. Proceedings. Available at: (verified 1 May 2009). Ala. Coop. Ext. System, Auburn, AL.

Southern Conservation Agricultural Systems Conference. 2009b. Southern conservation agricultural systems conference. Available at: (verified 1 May 2009). Virginia Tech Eastern Shore Agric. Res. Ext. Cent., Painter, VA.