ISU Professor Named President of Crop Science Society of America

Steve Fales, Iowa State University professor and chair of the agronomy department, has been named the 2004-2005 president elect of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Fales took office at the annual meetings of CSSA, held in conjunction with the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 in Seattle. He will begin his term as president of CSSA in November 2005. Fales earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island and his doctorate degree from Purdue University. As chair of the agronomy department he leads the development and implementation of research, teaching, extension education and international agriculture efforts. His research involves forage crop management, quality, ecology and utilization. Fales also examines plant-plant and plant-animal interactions. He is a fellow of CSSA and ASA. As president of CSSA Fales will lead the organization in all activities; preside over CSSA executive and board meetings; maintain close coordination with the executives of ASA and SSSA; serve on the ASA executive committee; set the society agenda for the current year; and represent the society at activities and events. ASA, CSSA and SSSA are professional/scientific and educational organizations helping their more than 11,000 members advance in their disciplines.