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NEPPSC Annual Meeting


The 71st NEWSS Annual Meeting will be January 3-6, 2017 and will be the 2nd annual "Northeast Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference (NEPPSC)". The 2017 Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference (NEPPSC17) is organized in cooperation with the Northeastern Weed Science Society (NEWSS), the Northeast Branch of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America (NE ASA-CSAA-SSSA), and the American Society of Horticultural Science-Northeast Region (NE-ASHS). The goal of this meeting is provide a venue to bring together people with interests in entomology, plant pathology, weeds, horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, and soil science for the purpose of sharing of ideas and the presentation of the results of scientific studies and outreach programs. The members of the NEPPSC strive to enhance educational programs and the promotion of sound scientific solutions for our shared areas of interests in the Northeastern region of the United States of America.

Venue: The conference will be held at the Sheraton Society Hills Hotel, One Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA. A personalized Web site has been created by the hotel to manage your hotel reservations. Guests can access this site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from November 3, 2016 to January 7, 2017. Room reservations should be made by December 14, 2016.


Registration for 2017 Annual Meeting

Registration Options are the same as last year's conference. Late-registrants (and on-site registrants) will be assessed a fee of $30 beginning December 15,2016.

* Regular Registration denotes attendance to all conference days including all reception events; students may register at the discounted rate for the entire conference/receptions; one-day registration includes attendance to all events during any single conference day (24-hour period) and includes any reception and/or coffee breaks during that period; guests accompanying regular registrants are welcome to participate in coffee breaks and one reception of his/her choice and additional reception tickets may be purchased for $25 per ticket.

Call for Papers

The Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference is soliciting scientific presentations for the January 3rd to January 6th, 2017, meeting at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. Scientific topics will include but are not limited to: Agriculture, Plant Sciences, Crop Protection, Field Crops, Turfgrass Management, Horticulture, Pest Management, Urban and Medical Pests, Invasive Species, Ecology, Organic Plant Production, Forestry Pests, Soil Science, and Plant and Pest Physiology.

Submitting Titles and Abstracts

We will again be using "WSSA Abstract Submission System" for title and abstract submissions for our 2017 Annual Meeting. Deadlines and instructions are below.

Deadlines: Titles deadline has been extended to November 1st, 2016. Abstracts are due November 25th, 2016.

Log-In. Go to "WSSA Abstract Submission System". If you submitted a presentation last year, your user login and password have been carried forward. Enter your login (usually your email address) and password and then click ‘login’. If you have forgotten your password, click ‘Reset Password’ and follow the instructions. Be sure your email program/server is able to receive emails from and it is not blocked as junk email. If you are a new user, click ‘Setup Account’ and follow the instructions.

Submit Title (September 12, 2016 to October 7, 2016). Once logged in using the instructions above, click ‘Join a Conference’. You should then see a drop-down list appear at the bottom of the screen. Select "2017 Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference" and click ‘Add’. Now click the green ‘Enter’ button that will appear next to "2017 Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference". Click ‘My Titles and Abstracts’ and then ‘Add Title/Abstract’. Enter title using WSSA approved common names for crops and weeds (hover cursor over green question mark for formatting hints). Choose Poster or Oral presentation. If an Oral presentation, select your preferences for paper section (e.g. Agronomy, Ornamentals, Biology and Ecology, etc.).

Enter titles in ALL CAPS. Limit titles to 150 characters, including spaces. Include weed scientific names, italicized, in parentheses, without botanical authority. Students wishing to compete in the oral competition need to select Student Presentations as your 1st Section choice. Students that are presenting papers but do NOT wish to be in the competition should NOT choose Student Presentations section but other appropriate sections. If competing in either the Oral or Poster student competition, choose ‘yes’ paper is to be judged.

All Authors from the previous year have been carried forward. Add the applicable authors from the drop-down list or click ‘new author’ to enter information for any author not already listed. Select the blue box next to the author that will be presenting the paper and use the green arrows to adjust the order the authors are listed if needed. Once you have double-checked your information, click ‘Save’. The submitter and presenter should both receive a confirmation email that your title has been received. You will be able to log back in to edit, add, or delete any title, section, or author information until November 25, 2016. After that time, contact Michael Flessner and Randy Prostak ( to make changes.

Submit Abstract (September 12, 2016 to November 25, 2016). Prior to submission, refer to Instructions for Authors for instructions to format your abstract. Login to "WSSA Abstract Submission System" using instructions above. Click ‘My Titles and Abstracts’ and select ‘Edit’ next to the desired title. Click ‘Add Key Words’ and choose the appropriate selections from the drop-down lists. NOTE: All key words contained in your Title should be actively selected as key words. They will NOT automatically appear in the index if not selected here. If a key word is not found in the prepopulated lists, you can enter additional terms in the User Defined category. Abstract text can be entered directly into the text window or copied from another program. DO NOT reenter any title or author information into the text window. Please use Arial font size 12 if copying abstract from another program. This will help ensure that no unintended changes in content or clarity occur when abstracts are converted to Arial font size 12 for the Proceedings. The proceedings are online only - not printed. However, abstracts should not exceed one page. To ensure your abstract is one page, the character count (visible at the bottom of the 'Abstract Text' window on the submission page) should not exceed 3200. If you do not intend to publish your data elsewhere, you may include a table on a second page.

Once you thoroughly review all information and abstract text and any corrections have been made, click ‘Save’. Edits can be made until November 25, 2016 when the Abstract submission site will be closed. After that time, contact Michael Flessner

Questions: Please send an email to both Michael Flessner and Randy Prostak

Uploading Oral Presentations

PowerPoint presentations must be uploaded at the latest by 6:00 PM on the evening before the appointed presentation time by entering the same Title/Abstract submission website ( using your sign-in credentials, and following instructions posted there. Please direct questions related to presentation uploads or formatting to the respective section moderator indicated in the program or your society program representative. Presenters not affiliated with a society please contact program chair Carroll Moseley( Please feel free to contact a NEPPSC representative at the Registration Desk if you have any additional questions.

Dessert Social Sponsor

If you would like to be a sponsor for the NEPPSC17 dessert social, please use the link below.

Members Dues

If you did not attend the Annual Meeting and would still like to be a member of the NEWSS, please use the link below.

Student Award Sponsor

To sponsor NEPPSC17 student awards, please use the link below.

Past Meetings Symposia

Featured Symposiums from the 2008 NEWSS Annual Meeting

Effect of Climate Change on Weeds Symposium - Program

Powerpoint presentations for the Climate Change Symposium are available as PDF documents.

Featured Symposiums from the 2006 NEWSS Annual Meeting

Turfgrass Symposium: The Latest in Plant Growth Regulators for Turfgrass Use - Program

Powerpoint presentations for the Ornamental Symposium are available as PDF documents.

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