NB_250_21_4 - NB 250-21-4 FNM – Announcement of the ASABE Annual Meeting
NB 250-21-4 FNM – Announcement of the ASABE Annual Meeting
National Bulletin: 250-21-4 Date: February 11, 2021
Subject: FNM – Announcement of the ASABE Annual Meeting

Action Requested By:   March 30, 2021
Purpose.   To announce the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting (AIM).   
Expiration Date.   July 15, 2021
Background.   The ASABE AIM is an international forum for maintaining and exploring new science and technology transfer applicable to our mission. This year’s conference will be held from July 11 to July 14, 2021, in virtual platform and will have no travel cost and only a registration fee. Details for the conference and registration information can be found at http://www.asabemeetings.org/.

It is essential that our employees stay abreast of emerging technologies to better serve our customers. AIM provides an important forum for NRCS technical specialists to interact with the developers of the science and technology we use in providing conservation treatments on American working lands to address both emerging and current resource problems.

Explanation.   Priority to attend the annual meeting will be given to employees engaging in one or more of the following activities:

• presenting a paper or poster, or making a presentation
• conducting training
• maintaining credits for professional development units or continuing education credits
• serving as an active member of a technical committee meeting at the annual meeting
• receiving a major award

Certain restrictions are in place, so meeting these criteria does not guarantee approval.

Employees may use the conference for continuing education requirements to maintain a license or certification, but it must be documented in their Individual Development Plan (IDP) in AgLearn. Each administrative office will need to prepare authorizations and cover related costs for their employees attending this conference.

NRCS must submit a single request in CTAT to obtain the necessary approvals for this meeting; therefore, we need to collect information on all attendees, regardless of their location. In order to obtain conference attendance approvals for NRCS employees interested in attending this conference, State conservationists, national center directors, directors of the Pacific Islands and Caribbean areas, regional conservationists, and NHQ division directors are to submit the following information:

• completed and signed composite Form NRCS-FNM-72, “Meeting Attendance Approval” (also attached); summarize the information for all employees in the State, center, or other administrative unit interested in attending this conference; only one form per State, center, or other administrative unit should be submitted.

Submit the NRCS-FNM-72 by March 30, 2021, to the National Agricultural Engineer at Clarence.Prestwich@usda.gov. Please include “ASABE 2021” in the Subject line and indicate whether the employee is a member of ASABE.

Contact.   For general information about the conference, please contact Clarence Prestwich, National Agricultural Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, at (504) 228-2637.


Deputy Chief for Science and Technology 
Attachment - Form NRCS-FNM-72 and funds available
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