Welcome to ACSESS: the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies
What is ACSESS?
The Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing management and administrative support services to its founding members: the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The headquarters office for these international Societies is based in Madison, Wisconsin.
The American Society of Agronomy was established in 1907 with the primary goal of enhancing conservation and promoting the wise use of natural resources for the production of food, feed, and fiber crops, while maintaining or improving the environment.
Learn more about ASA by clicking on the button above, or this link: www.agronomy.org
The Soil Science Society of America was established in 1936 to increase awareness, outreach and education about soil science. Its members also focus on other interests and aspects of soil, including physics, chemistry, microbiology, fertility, morphology, classification, and mineralogy.
Learn more about SSSA by clicking on the button above, or this link: www.soils.org
The Crop Science Society of America was established in 1955. Members are dedicated to the promotion of public welfare though the advancement of research, extension, and teaching of the crop sciences, along with improvement, culture, management, and utilization of field crops.
Learn more about CSSA, by clicking on the button above, or this link: www.crops.org
The ACSESS organization's three Science Societies represent more than 12,000 individual members around the world. Thirty-three companies and businesses are part of the Corporate Membership program, and more than 90 cooperating societies are linked to ASA, CSSA, and SSSA for collaborating partnerships in the agronomy, crops, and soils science fields.
Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS):
American Society of Agronomy (ASA)
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
5585 Guilford Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53711-5801
Who is ACSESS?
ACSESS is the management and support staff responsible for providing an array of departmental services -- both to, and for -- members of the Societies:
Publications and communications is currently the home of seven ASA, CSSA, and SSSA scientific journals, two magazines, an on-line only publication, books and monographs, and a variety of indexes, glossaries, and educational aids. A new publishing agreement was reached with the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in Spring 2012. The partnership will provide state-of-the-art publication processes, along with management and support to best advance the value, image, and marketing of ASAS publications.
Meetings plans board, branch, committee, and several others, along with co-sponsoring gatherings of similiar interests. But the international Annual Meetings is a primary focus, bringing thousands of scientist-members together for the dissemination of new knowledge as it relates to agronomy, crops, and soils.
Certification and Education is an important professional enhancement for various members and includes the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program, with more than 13,000 participants in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and India. There is also the specialty certification of CCA, a Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg). Both are offered through the American Society of Agronomy. The Soil Science Society of America supports the Certified Professional Soil Classifier and Certified Professional Soil Scientist programs.
Member Services offers support ranging from career placement services to corporate, community and divisions of interest development. Awards, scholarships, undergraduate and graduate student programs are also run via this department. A recent survey indicated more than 40% of the Societies membership is part of academia, 27% is agri-business related, and 18% is part of the government's workforce.
Science Policy Office, located in Washington, DC, provides recommendations and responses on initiatives worthy of attention and supported by the Societies membership. It tracks all policy issues related to agricultural research, food and ag-systems, natural resources, and the environment, often providing written or oral science-based counsel, briefings, and analysis to Congress.
The support organization, ACSESS, was created due to the restructuring of the ASA Board of Directors in 2009. ASA, CSSA, and SSSA voted to establish the support organization in order to provide operational efficiencies, as well as giving each of the Societies the flexibility to focus on specific programmatic activities. And while ASA, CSSA, and SSSA are the founders of ACSESS, the individual names remain unchanged and each retains its own 501(c)(3) status.
ASA, CSSA, and SSSA also envision continuing to add relevant organizations as part of the strategic plan for ACSESS to provide a full-spectrum of high quality management and administration services to nonprofit scientific societies. Membership in ACSESS is open to organizations interested in enhancing synergies within the broad categories of agronomic, crop, soil, food, environmental, and the natural resources sectors, while also coordinating and potentially consolidating professional activities such as the development of educational resources, public policy positions, industry standards, and/or information resources.
The ACSESS staff at the Madison headquarters, was recently named Charter Business and 1310 WIBA Radio "Local Business of the Week!" ACSESS was selected to receive the promotional honor after an application process documenting outstanding work by employees, by demonstrating the relationship to the greater good of the local community, county, country, and world.
How is ACSESS successful?
ACSESS enhances the success of member organizations by providing services supporting the ongoing and future activities for member societies and by producing economies of scale for services not achievable by an individual organization. ACSESS will advance common goals and secure common interests in the fields of agriculture, food, environment, and natural resources. It is envisioned that ACSESS shall:
- Facilitate collaboration among professional societies representing agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences
- Advance the missions, visions, and activities of professional societies representing agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences
- Promote the value and image of agronomic, crop, soil and environmental resource professions
- Unify communication with scientists, educators, policy-makers, and the public to enhance impact
- Engage science-based knowledge on the challenges facing humanity
Furthermore, it is recognized that each member organization of ACSESS has its own unique style, character and mode of operation. The brand identities of each member organization will be sustained and nurtured to build on their established strengths. This uniqueness is to be preserved in ACSESS as it is recognized that a diversity of organizations will help ACSESS succeed in addressing complex challenges and opportunities. ACSESS and its member organizations are committed to being nimble and flexible in philosophy and operations.
The overall purpose and responsibilities of the ACSESS Board of Directors will be to provide oversight of ACSESS operations and to promote and ensure coordination among ACSESS member societies. The ACSESS Board will be comprised of the President, Past President and President-Elect of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America; the Chief Executive Officer of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA as exofficio, nonvoting; and other ex-officio, nonvoting members as deemed appropriate. Officers of ACSESS are Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair (without vote) and Secretary/Treasurer and are elected by the ACSESS Board of Directors.
Vision, Mission & Values of ACSESS
Leaders in creating solutions to advance science
Global provider of superior services for scientific societies
We believe in:
- Transparency, inclusiveness, and integrity in everything we do
- Superior service to member societies
Excellent stewardship of members’ interests