ASABE Technical Committees Involved in Standards Development

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Applied Science and Engineering Community

Energy Systems Community

Ergonomics, Safety, and Health Community

Information Technology, Sensors, and Control Systems Community

Machinery Systems Community

Natural Resources and Environment Systems Community

Plant, Animal and Facility Systems Community

Processing Systems Community


Applied Science and Engineering Community

ASE-09 Environmental Quality Coordinating Committee: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the exchange of technology for environmental quality and promotes effective use of engineering talent to improve environmental quality.

ASE-12 Forest Engineering: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to forestry.

ASE-134 Fertilizers, Soil Conditioners, and Beneficial Substances and US TAG ISO TC 134: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 134. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to Fertilizers, Soil Conditioners and Beneficial Substances and develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

ASE-16 Engineering for Sustainability: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to sustainability issues.

Energy Systems Community

ES-210 Renewable Power Generation: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to alternative energy sources and conversion systems for renewable heat and power generation.

ES-220 Bio-based Energy, Fuels and Products: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to development, analysis, implementation, and dissemination of bio-based energy, fuels and products. Joint with Machine Systems Technical Community.

ES-238 Solid Biofuels and US TAG ISO TC 238: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 238. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to solid biofuels and develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

ES-255 Biogas and US TAG ISO TC 255: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 255. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to biogas and develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

ES-300 Energy Utilization & Application: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to electro-technology as related to agriculture energy efficiency, electrical wiring systems, and electrical utility programs.

ES-310 Ag Lighting Group: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to agricultural lighting systems.

ES-311 Electromagnetic Radiation Application for Plants: Lead and coordinate the activities of ASABE in matters related to LEDs and other electromagnetic radiation source applications for plant growth and development.

ES-311/2 Testing: ES-311 working group for the X642.2 (Phase 2) project: Recommended Methods for Measurement and Testing of LED Products in Plant Growth and Development.

ES-311/3 Performance: ES-311 working group for the X644 project: Performance Measures of Electromagnetic Radiation Systems for Plants.

ES-330 Fan Testing: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to agricultural fans.

ES-340 Standby Electric Power: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to standby electric power.

ES-400 Electrical Code for Agriculture: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the development of practical electrical codes and standards for safety in electrical wiring systems used in agricultural production and processing.

Ergonomics, Safety and Health Community

ESH-03/1 External Standard Development: Participates in maintaining and the development of safety related standards outside of the ESH community.

ESH-03/2 Internal Standard Development: Responsible for maintaining and developing all standards assigned to the ESH Community.

ESH-04 Technology Exchange: Develops technical sessions, plans separate conferences, develops continuing education events, and assists communities with safety related programming.

ESH-04/1 Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health: Responsible for activities that shall include, but are not limited to, participation on the P-511 Journal Editorial Board and oversight of the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health publication procedures, practices and awards.

ESH-04/2 Farmers with Disabilities Technology Exchange: Addresses new technology as it evolves for farmers and ranchers with disabilities and is associated with AgrAbility (http://www.agrability.org/).

Information Technology, Sensors, and Control Systems Community

ITSC-217 Computational Methods, Simulations & Applications: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the development and application of computational methods and simulations for addressing current issues in agricultural and biological engineering.

ITSC-230 Biosensors: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to biosensor technologies and their applications in bioprocessing, food processing, food safety and quality, bioenvironmental and agricultural systems.

ITSC-254 Emerging Information Systems: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the development and application of information technologies, database management systems, information retrieval, electronic publishing, software development, internet applications, networking, machine learning, data analytics, cloud-based computing and hand-held/wireless device applications.

ITSC-312 Machine Vision: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the development and application of robotics, machine vision, image processing, and pattern recognition technology across the scope of Society interests.

ITSC-318 Mechatronics & Robotics: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the development and application of mechatronics, robotics and automation with respect to agriculture, food and biological systems.

ITSC-348 Electromagnetics & Spectroscopy: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to scientific developments in sonic, ultrasonic, electromagnetic, spectroscopy, and particle radiation for applications in engineering for agriculture and biological systems.

ITSC-353 Instrumentation & Controls: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to instrumentation and controls for application in engineering research and production.

Machinery Systems Community

MS-03/2 Farm Materials Handling and Transport: Leads and coordinates activities of ASABE in matters relating to the handling and transportation of farm materials.

MS-23 Tractors & Machinery for Ag & Forestry and US TAG ISO/TC 23: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to agricultural machine systems; also develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

MS-23/14 Ag Machinery – Operator Controls, Operator Symbols and other Displays, Operator Manuals and US TAG ISO TC 23/SC 14: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23/14. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to operator controls, symbols and other displays, and operator manuals for agricultural machinery, also develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

MS-23/19 Ag Electronics and US TAG ISO TC 23/SC 19: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23/19. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to standards development in agricultural electronics. Encompasses the development and adoption of standards pertaining to electronic equipment in agricultural applications; also develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

MS-23/19/1 Electronics for Mobile Equipment (ISOBUS): Coordinates standards development in the area of control and/or communications network systems for mobile agricultural equipment.

MS-23/19/3 Electronics for Identification (Animal): Coordinates standards development regarding electronics as applied to animal identification and tracking.

MS-23/2 Ag Machinery - Common Tests and US TAG ISO TC 23/SC 2: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23/2. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to agricultural machinery common tests; also develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities. Joint with SAE.

MS-23/2/1 Environment Within Ag Vehicle Enclosures: Leads and coordinates activities of ASABE in matters relating to the operator environment within agricultural tractor and self-propelled implement cabs used during the application of pesticides.

MS-23/2/2 ATSC ROPS Subcommittee: Leads and coordinates activities of ASABE in matters relating to agricultural tractor ROPS (Rollover Protective Structures).

MS-23/3 Ag Machinery - Safety and Comfort and US TAG ISO TC 23/SC 3: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23/3. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the development and adoption of standards pertaining to safety and comfort of the operator(s) of agricultural machinery; also develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

MS-23/4 Tractors and US TAG ISO TC 23/SC 4: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23/4. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to agricultural tractors; develops the position of the United States for ISO-related tractor standardization activities. Joint with SAE.

MS-23/4/1 Agricultural Equipment Braking: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to braking for agricultural equipment, including agricultural tractors, self-propelled machines, and agricultural implements and trailers.

MS-23/4/2 Agricultural Loaders: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to agricultural loaders.

MS-23/4/3 Lighting & Marking: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to mobile agricultural equipment lighting and marking.

MS-23/4/4 Tractor & Implement Hydraulics: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the use of hydraulic power on agricultural tractors and implements.

MS-23/4/5 Tractor Implement Interface/PTO: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to tractor to implement and implement to implement mechanical interfaces, PTOs, and general hitching issues.

MS-23/6 Application Systems and US TAG ISO TC 23/SC 6: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23/6. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the development and implementation of engineering technology associated with systems used for the application of agrochemical and biological materials needed for protecting and enhancing agricultural production and maintaining ecosystems. Also develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

MS-23/6/1 Liquid Materials Application: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to liquid material applications specifically applying to crop protection materials, fertilizers, and other nutrients as applied to bare ground or crops from manual or ground-applied methods. This committee does not deal with aerial applications of liquid materials, irrigation, chemigation, or applications of liquid manures.

MS-23/6/2 Aviation: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to all aspects of agricultural aviation pesticide applications of dry and liquid materials.

MS-23/6/3 Dry Materials: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to evaluation and implementation of engineering technology for agricultural pest control and fertilizer application by ground application of dry materials.

MS-23/6/4 Spray Application Modeling: Encompasses the computer modeling of spray application.

MS-23/6/5 Anhydrous Ammonia Application Equipment: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to anhydrous ammonia application equipment.

MS-23/7 Harvest and US TAG ISO TC 23/SC 7: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23/7. Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to agricultural harvest; also develops the position of the United States for ISO-related international standardization activities.

MS-23/7/1 Grain Harvesting: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the performance of grain harvesting systems in terms of machine, plant, and grain characteristics.

MS-23/7/2 Forage & Biomass Engineering: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the mechanical aspects of harvesting, handling, storing and processing of forages and biomass and derivatives there from.

MS-23/7/3 Cotton Engineering: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the engineering aspects of cotton production, harvesting, handling and processing.

MS-45 Soil-Plant-Machine Dynamics: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to fostering research, exchange of information, problem solving, and advancing the state of the art for soil-machine and soil-plant dynamics.

MS-47 Distinguished Lecture Series: Organizes the presentation and publication of lectures on the design of components for agricultural tractors and self-propelled machines.

MS-48 Specialty Crop Engineering: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters related to the engineering aspects of specialty crop production, post-harvest operations, storage and distribution.

MS-49 Crop Production Systems, Machinery, and Logistics: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to engineering technology design, management, and logistics of crop production equipment including the relationships among farm enterprises and equipment needed for sustainable, and profitable production systems.

MS-54 Precision Agriculture: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to precision agriculture and fosters the development, evaluation, and adoption of appropriate precision agriculture technologies by providing a forum where interested individuals can meet, exchange ideas and information, and discuss problems that impact precision agriculture on an international level.

MS-58 Agricultural Equipment Automation: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to Agricultural Equipment Automation.

MS-60 Unmanned Aerial Systems: Leads and coordinates activities of ASABE in matters related to the development and application of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and associated autonomous guidance, navigation, and control systems, integrated multi-mode sensor payloads, data links and communication systems, and synthesis and analysis of UAS-derived data across the scope of Society interests.

Natural Resources and Environment Systems Community

NRES-03/2 Irrigation and drainage equipment and systems and US TAG ISO TC 23/SC 18: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 23/18. Develops the position of the United States on international standardization activities for ISO TC23/SC 18, Irrigation and Drainage Equipment and Systems.

NRES-07 Nomenclature: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the development and promotion of standardized terminology in the natural resources and environmental systems technical community.

NRES-21 Hydrology Group: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to studying hydrologic science and principles. Addresses the science of water in the atmosphere, on the earth’s surface, and in its subsurface with the purpose of understanding hydrologic science and principles on which to base engineering applications.

NRES-22 Erosion Control Group: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to all phases of the soil erosion process, methods of erosion control, and environmental effects of sediment production.

NRES-223 Erosion Control Research: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to erosion control research. Addresses contemporary and future research in the area of soil erosion mechanics, prediction and control.

NRES-224 Sediment and Associated Pollutants: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the quantification, prevention, and reduction of sediment and associated water quality pollutants resulting from surface runoff and other unintended consequences of anthropogenic activities on the landscape.

NRES-225 Conservation Systems: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to systems used to conserve soil on our landscape. The two focus areas are the evaluation of the benefits of land management practices for the reduction of soil erosion and delivery of sediment and associated pollutants and the development of new methods or systems for control of soil erosion.

NRES-23 Drainage Group: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to drainage principles and policies; the planning, design, construction, operation, management and maintenance of drainage facilities; and the quality of drainage water.

NRES-24 Irrigation Group: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to irrigation science and technology. Encompasses research and education in planning, design and construction, operation and maintenance of irrigation facilities including the application of water to satisfy the needs of plant life, modifying plant environment, and applying agrochemicals.

NRES-241 Sprinkler Irrigation: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the design, construction, operation, evaluation and maintenance of sprinkler irrigation systems. The sprinkler irrigation committee’s purpose is to identify and advocate research, education and ASABE standards that promote resource efficient and sustainable sprinkler irrigation worldwide.

NRES-242 Surface Irrigation & Water Supply: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to surface irrigation systems. Addresses research and education needs associated with design, construction, operation, evaluation and maintenance of surface irrigation systems.

NRES-244 Irrigation Management: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in all aspects of operation & management of irrigation systems including research, development, education and the development of standards. Areas of interest include crop water requirements, irrigation scheduling, chemical application via irrigation, water supplies, environmental protection, and energy conservation.

NRES-245 Microirrigation: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to microirrigation (drip irrigation, subsurface drip irrigation, microsprinklers). Encompasses research, development, and education in design, construction, management, evaluation, and maintenance of microirrigation components and systems.

NRES-246 Turf & Landscape Irrigation: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to landscape irrigation. Promotes appropriate engineering and science related to landscape irrigation systems design and water management.

NRES-25 Streams, Reservoirs, and Wetlands Group: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the investigation, planning, design, construction, operations, monitoring and management of stream, reservoir, and wetland systems.

NRES-251 Hydraulic Structures: Develops, improves, and demonstrates the application of engineering theory, research, and design for water resource structures as they apply to streams, reservoirs, and wetlands. May include, but not limited to, the investigation, planning, design, construction, and operation of hydraulic structures.

NRES-252 Geomorphology, Streambank Stability & In-Stream Processes: Develops, improves, and demonstrates the application of engineering theory and research as it applies to geomorphology, stream restoration, and in-stream processes. May include, but not limited to, the investigation, planning, design, construction, and monitoring and management of stream applications.

NRES-253 Riparian Zones, Floodplains, & Wetlands: Develops, improves, and demonstrates the application of engineering theory and research as it applies to riparian zones, floodplains, and wetlands.

NRES-26 Sustainable Land Resources: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to sustainable land uses and their role in balancing production with environmental and human health. The agricultural engineer has a unique opportunity for balancing the multifold stresses on our land resources. This group promotes research on current practices and tools for making land use decisions that support sustainability.

NRES-262 Onsite Water Reuse: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to onsite water reuse.

NRES-265 Soil and Groundwater Remediation: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to soil and groundwater remediation. Addresses issues related to soil and groundwater remediation technologies; issues include physical, chemical, and biological processes related to laboratory, field, and modeling of remediation systems.

NRES-27 Ag By-products & Animal Mortality Management Systems: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to environmentally acceptable management and utilization of manure and other animal by-products from agricultural production units and related animal operations. Systems that conserve/recover/recycle energy and nutrients are of primary concern. This committee shall also be concerned with practical strategies for land application of any liquid or solid manure or animal by-product for resource reclamation and pollution control. Contemporary land receiver systems and future long-term treatment or terminal deposition systems will be considered.

NRES-28 Ecological Engineering: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to ecological engineering for the purpose of forwarding the knowledge and application of ecological engineering and ecological principles related to engineering systems.

Plant, Animal and Facility Systems Community

PAFS-07/1 Agricultural-Industrial Facility Design and Operation: Addresses web based facility design guides.

PAFS-20 Structures Group: Addresses analysis, design, and construction of agricultural structures, imposed loads on structures, and materials of construction.

PAFS-20/4 Bulk Solids Handling and Storage: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the handling and storage of bulk materials.

PAFS-234 Fisheries & Aquaculture and US TAG for ISO TC 234: Develops the position of the United States on international standardization activities for ISO TC 234 Fisheries and aquaculture.

PAFS-30 Plant Systems Group: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to development and compilation of fundamental engineering data and guides for providing growing plants with climatic and physical environments that will result in optimum production. Focused on the development and promotion of equipment and practices for maintaining suitable environments for plants.

PAFS-40 Facilities & Systems Group: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to animal housing, facilities and system. Addresses systems for animal housing, agricultural waste management, and animal care. Comprises general membership with additional related interest groups focused on environmental structures, beef facilities, dairy facilities, swine facilities, poultry facilities, environmental physiology, animal welfare and milk handling equipment.

PAFS-403/1 Milk Handling Equipment: Addresses milk handling equipment and systems for on-farm processing of milk and milk products.

PAFS-50 Environmental Air Quality: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to all environmental air quality problems in agricultural enterprises influencing the design of livestock facilities, materials handling equipment, or agricultural harvesting and processing systems. The committee promotes awareness of new environmental air quality regulations that will have an impact upon the agricultural industry and strives to provide technical input into the formulating stage of such regulations.

Processing Systems Community

PRS-280 Bioconversion and Bioprocesses: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to issues related to bioconversion and bioprocessing technologies.

PRS-293 Feed Machinery and US TAG ISO TC 293: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 293. Develops the position of the United States on international standardization activities for ISO TC 293 Feed machinery.

PRS-34/17 Management System Food Safety and US TAG ISO TC 34/SC 17: US Technical Advisory Group for ISO TC 34/17. Develops the position of the United States on international standardization activities for ISO/TC 34/SC 17, Management systems for food safety.

PRS-701 Physiochemical Properties of Biological Products: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to the physical and chemical properties of biological products such as food, feed, fiber, biomass, and related materials. Exchanges information on the physical and chemical properties of biological systems and the behavior of biological materials in response to processing and the surrounding environment.

PRS-702 Crop & Feed Processing & Storage: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to engineering and technology in the post-harvest processing, handling, and storage of crops and feed. Crops include cereal grains, oilseeds, pulses and specialty or low-volume crops for human consumption or use. Feeds include whole crops or processed products of the above list for animal consumption or use.

PRS-703 Food Processing: A Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to engineering design, modeling, optimization and control of process operations; including heating and cooling, pasteurization, sterilization, freezing, dehydration and concentration.

PRS-707 Food & Organic Waste Management & Utilization: Leads and coordinates the activities of ASABE in matters relating to waste management and utilization. Concerns food production related organic waste reduction, wastewater treatment, byproduct processing and utilization, land application and solid waste utilization.