Each year, the CALASA Governing Board seeks sponsor donations to support student participation at the conference, through the scholarship program and poster competition. Awards are made to deserving undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in agricultural sciences. The scholarship program rewards one or more undergraduate student(s) with outstanding scholastic accomplishment. The poster session is truly a highlight of the conference and gives students an opportunity to communicate their work 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 the following perks based on the level of donation:
- Bronze: $500 (logo printed in the book of abstracts, a sponsor ribbon on name badge, verbal recognition in opening remarks and business lunch)
- Silver: $1000 (Bronze perks, plus 1 complimentary registration)
- Gold: $2000 (Silver perks, plus logo on sponsor slide during breaks)
- Platinum: $5000 (Gold perks, plus logo on homepage of the conference website)
To sponsor the conference, please contact CALASA President, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
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 Certified Crop Advisers and Pest Control Advisers attend the conference to earn continuing education units important to their professional standing.