MARCH 2024


In This Month's Issue

From the Executive Director
Ballot Results Are In
Davidson Prize Winners Announced

Upcoming Events
Publications News
Standards Activities

Community News

From the Executive Director

Darrin Drollinger Headshot
From time to time I’m asked if ASABE has a mechanism to fund new projects or ideas that further the interests of the Society and aren’t in the annual budget. My answer is a resounding yes! A number of years ago Society leadership established our Restricted Reserve account, which provides a financial backstop to draw on when financial times are tough and we fall short of meeting budget, and likewise serves as a savings account when we end the year with a surplus. The Restricted Reserve account is required to maintain a minimum of 50% of the previous year’s expenses, and the amount above that provides what we call Initiative Funds. Fortunately, we typically end the year in the positive, and this allows us to regularly provide seed money for new activities, programs, and pilot efforts.   
Submitting an Initiative Fund proposal is easy (see the gray box on the link’s righthand side). Any ASABE member or group within the Society may submit a proposal and at any time. Just be sure to note the review schedule if the project start date is time sensitive. Initiative Funds may be requested for one-time or multi-year efforts (up to three years). In the 13+ years I’ve been the executive director we have deployed more than $650,000 in Initiative Funds! So gather your best idea(s) and consider submitting a proposal.         

Darrin J. Drollinger
Executive Director
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Ballot Results Are In!


Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Society. Voted to the Society Board are President-Elect Sherry L. Hunt and Trustees Mari S. Chinn, Bradley Marks, and Mark Wilkins.

Joining the Nominating Committee are Yang Tao, Michelle L. Soupir, James H. Dooley, Maynard M. Herron, Jennifer R. Keshwani, Aaron M. Yoder, and Gregory D. Williams. (Also joining the 2024–2025 Board as a Trustee is Travis Esau, president-elect of CSBE-SCGAB.)

The ballot item to allow for the addition of a fifth coordination council, the Strategic Initiatives Council, passed overwhelmingly with 91.8% in favor.

Read the full announcement.

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Photo of 2024 Davidson Prize winners

ASABE and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers presented the fourth annual Davidson Prize to three top innovative agricultural technologies.

This year's Davidson Prizes were awarded to:
  • CLAAS Disco 9700 RC Auto Swather
  • CLAAS Cemos for Tractors EC-C1700B-420 Electric Converter
  • Danfoss Power Solutions
ASABE President-Elect Doug Otto (at center in above photo) was on hand to help present the awards at Commodity Classic, held earlier this month.

The Davidson Prize is named for J.B. Davidson, the father of modern agricultural engineering. It gives a nod to the storied past of agricultural engineering and pays homage to those engineers, like J.B. Davidson, who aspire to find a better way. Winners were selected from the 2023 AE50 honorees, announced earlier this year. 

Full story

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AIM 2024


2024 Annual International Meeting

Marriott Anaheim
Anaheim, California


We're looking forward to welcoming you to #ASABE24!

Early bird registration continues to May 3.

Check out the #ASABE24 schedule—more details are coming on some socials and tours. The technical session schedule is up and authors that submitted abstracts have been notified of acceptance. Be sure to check your email if you are expecting your notice!

Here are some other ways to be involved during AIM:

  • Contact one of the Technical Community Program Chairs, find out if they are still looking for session moderators.
  • Attend one of the several committee meetings. All are open door. Find one that fits your interests! Scheduling now, expect the schedule mid-April.
  • Be a sponsor or exhibitor. We have some great options available!

Registration is open. As the schedule builds, feel free to modify your registration anytime to include added events such as social, tours, and CPDs. Keep in mind that these options will have minimum attendance requirements—if you don't register in advance, they may be canceled due to expected low participation.

Contact Jessica Bell with questions.

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Publications News


Call for Papers


We invite you to contribute to our scholarly community by submitting manuscripts to our new all open access Journal of Natural Resources and Agricultural Ecosystems and our other hybrid journals.

Manuscripts accepted until March 31
Constructed Wetlands
Regenerative Agriculture

Manuscripts accepted until December 31
Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resource and Agricultural Systems

Just follow our step-by-step submission instructions.

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Presenting at AIM? Submit Your Paper by May 3


Are you presenting a paper at the ASABE 2024 Annual International Meeting?

To be added to our Online Technical Library before the meeting, papers must be submitted by midnight (eastern) May 3. Be sure to use the 2024 paper template and read the FAQ for instructions.

Email with questions.

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In This Issue

March-April Resource magazine cover

The March/April 2024 issue of Resource features an overview on how to adapt feedstock supply chains for regional biorefineries in the Piedmont region of the U.S., how generative AI could be a game changer for ASABE professionals, and a look at monuments of family dairy farms: tower silos.

This issue also provides several updates on the latest research of ASABE’s diverse membership, and we tip our hats to the ASABE Publication Award winners.

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New From ASABE Publications

Open Access Articles, Special Collection Articles, New Journal Issues


Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 30(1)
Table of Contents or visit the JASH homepage
Safety Risk Assessment of an Autonomous Agricultural Machine

Applied Engineering in Agriculture 40(1)
Table of Contents or visit the Applied homepage
Flow Rate and Volume Estimates from Variable Frequency Drive Operated Drainage Sump Pumps
Bioaerosols in Eastern Canadian Dairy Barns Using Tie- and Free-Stall Housing

Journal of the ASABE 67(1)
Table of Contents or visit the Journal homepage
Understanding the Landscape of Cyberbiosecurity for Integrative Educational Programming
Experimental Study on Two-Phase (Solid-Liquid) Flows of Ground Wheat Straw in Inclined Pipes
Deploying Machine Learning Methods to Predict Global Trade Patterns: The Case of Beef
Spray Drift, Operator Exposure, Crop Residue and Efficacy: Early Indications for Equivalency of Uncrewed Aerial Spray Systems with Conventional Application Techniques
The Effect of Drainage and Subirrigation From a Small Drainage Water Recycling Reservoir on Corn and Soybean Yields in Eastern North Carolina
Towards Autonomous, Optimal Water Sampling with Aerial and Surface Vehicles for Rapid Water Quality Assessment
Predicted Contribution of Snowmelt to Subsurface Drainage Discharge in Two Subsurface-Drained Fields in Southern Quebec and Ontario
Metrics for Evaluating Interreplicate Variability of Irrigation Scheduling Sensors
Nutrient Properties of Fresh and Composted Cotton Gin Byproducts and Cattle Manure for Soil Amendment
Long-Term Outdoor Algae Production on Undiluted Anaerobic Digestate in the Southeastern US
Simulation of Long-Term Water Erosion in Rainfed Croplands of Eastern Washington

Journal of Natural Resources and Agricultural Ecosystems 2(1)
Table of Contents or visit the JNRAE homepage
Transpiration Dynamics in Co-Located Maize, Sorghum, and Soybean Closed Canopies and Their Environmental Controls

Standards Activities

Press Releases
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Fellows Nominations

“A Fellow shall be an engineer of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in, or related to, the field of agricultural, food or biological engineering.”

Photo of 2023 Class of Fellows

Nominations are due April 15 for the 2025 Class of Fellows.

Do you know of someone worthy of this prestigious honor? If so, and if the individual has been a member of ASABE for at least 20 years and has actively practiced in, or related to the profession of engineering, the teaching of engineering, or the teaching of an engineering related curriculum for at least 20 years, consider nominating for Fellow of ASABE for 2025.

Find nominating instructions and eligibility requirements on the Fellows page.

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Quad City Section Names 2024 Award Winners

Portrait of James Gessel Photo of Travis OhmsJoin us in saluting the Quad City Section on  its 75th anniversary! The section was founded on April 9, 1949.

And congratulations to James Gessel and Travis Ohms (l–r, photos at left), who were named the Section's 2024 Member and Young Member, respectively. They were honored at the Section's March 26 awards meeting.

In addition, the CNH Davenport, Iowa, engineering team was named recipient of the 2024 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award for their contributions to the development of the CNH AF11/New Holland CR11 combines. 

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ITSC Paper Awards—Deadline April 20

ITSC Paper Awards—Deadline April 20
The Information Technology, Sensors & Control Systems (ITSC) technical community is pleased to sponsor the ITSC Meeting Paper Award for the 2024 ASABE Annual International Meeting to be held July 28–31, 2024, in Anaheim, California.

To be considered for the award, your paper must be associated with an abstract that has been approved for presentation (any format) during a 2024 AIM session sponsored or co-sponsored by ITSC. In addition:

Successful submission is ultimately the responsibility of the contact author.

For questions, email

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Nominate by April 20.

Each student engineering branch and student mechanization branch may elect one student branch member to receive the Student Honor Award.

This award recognizes scholarship, activity in student branch affairs, extracurricular and national student activities and the importance of maintaining the good will and respect of associates. Score sheet and winning student names must be received at ASABE headquarters by April 20.

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Calendar of Deadlines for Student Recognitions

April 15
Bioprocess Startup Competition
Ethics Essay Competition
Ethics Video Challenge
Robotics Student Design Competition
Fountain Wars
Student Honor Award

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Community News






Section Events

Iowa Section Spring Meeting
April 11, Waterloo, Iowa

Central Illinois Section Annual Meeting
April 11 (Virtual)

North Central Regional Meeting
April 11–12, Brookings, South Dakota

Red River Valley Section Meeting
April 23, Fargo, North Dakota
Registration required

Wisconsin Section Spring Meeting
April 25, Madison, Wisconsin

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Did You Know. . . 


You can access jobs relevant to you or post your resume in one easy location. Our Career Center is searchable by keyword, location, discipline and experience level.

And if you're an employer with an open position, your ASABE membership means you can advertise at discounted rates.

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Dolores Landeck, Editor