CALASA was founded in April 1971 by a group of California agronomists who recognized the value in creating a forum to focus on California agriculture and chartered the California chapter of the national American Society of Agronomy. The CALASA annual conference was launched in January 1972 and has been held every year since. The fundamental purpose of the annual meeting is the same as that of the national chapter – to promote research, disseminate scientific information, foster high standards of educational and ethical conduct in the profession, and facilitate robust cooperation among organizations with similar missions.
The CALASA meeting provides an opportunity for students, professionals, and other attendees to increase their knowledge of current topics of agronomic importance in California. Many CCA’s and PCA’s attend the conference to earn continuing education units important to their professional standing.
Each year the CALASA Governing Board seeks sponsor donations to support the conference, emphasizing student scholarship and poster awards. Awards are made to deserving undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in agricultural sciences. The poster session is truly a highlight of the conference and gives students an opportunity to communicate their work locally in a professional setting. CALASA recognizes the value in attracting young people to the profession, and strives to do so with these awards.
As an incentive to sponsors, CALASA offers one full complimentary registration (approximately $200 value) for each $500 donated. Thus, a donation of $1,000 would qualify for two complimentary registrations that you may assign to employees or others of your choice to attend the meeting both days.
Your sponsorship is acknowledged by placing your logo in the printed conference proceedings, on the CALASA website, and in numerous displays during the conference. Sponsors are also acknowledged at our business meeting/luncheon that concludes the conference.