In This Month's Issue

From the Executive Director
Leadership Election Underway

Upcoming Events
In Memoriam

Publications News
Standards Activities


From the Executive Director

Darrin Drollinger Headshot
Perhaps you noticed the new look and format with this issue of Inside. These changes debuted in the winter issue of the ASABE Student Newsletter and incorporate major elements from our new logo and branding efforts. On a related note, we published a series of brand style guides, which offer useful artwork, templates, and guidance when individuals and groups develop ASABE branded communications.
Earlier this month, we hosted ASABE student officers at Headquarters for their winter retreat. Meeting and spending time with our officers is a treat, and this year President Dana Porter joined us via Zoom, to provide a motivational welcome to get things started. Three of the five International Student Branch (ISB) leaders attended in-person: Paige Seibert, President (North Carolina State University), Akiya Stywall, 1st Vice President (North Carolina A&T University), and Paulina Baker, Secretary (University of Wisconsin–Madison). The students planned for AIM, worked on upcoming newsletters, developed social media content, and met with staff. It was a productive and memorable retreat . . .  including a typical lake-effect snow storm that dumped nearly a foot in some areas—see the photo below for evidence!
President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe and Secure American Bioeconomy was issued in fall of 2022. This initiated the National Science Foundation to launch the Catalyzing Across Sectors to Advance the Bioeconomy (CASA-Bio) effort. CASA-Bio is holding a series of virtual town hall meetings in February and encouraging the research community to share thoughts on how to advance the U.S. bioeconomy. See this link for details.   

Darrin J. Drollinger
Executive Director

ISB officers (from left) Akiya Stywall, Paige Siebert, and Paulina Baker hit the beach during their recent visit to ASABE headquarters.

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Balloting will close March 1, 2024.


Elect your Society leadership and vote on a proposed constitutional change

Voting members were sent an email on January 11 from Intelliscan with instructions and a secure link to the balloting website. Please check your junk file if you don't immediately see the email in your Inbox. Simply follow the link provided to make your selections.

Vote today and validate the importance of the work these volunteer candidates have committed to undertaking. Thanks to those who have already voted! Please contact Joann McQuone (269/932-7022) if you need special accommodations. 

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Cedarquist and Jones at International Expo

ISO TC293 Plenary attendees
Bottom photo courtesy W. Wang

ASABE is at the International Production and Processing Expo, billed as the world's largest annual poultry and egg, meat, and animal food industry event of its kind.

Scott Cedarquist and Jean Walsh are attending the event to promote the Society's activities and leadership in food and feed processing, and they invite you to stop by ASABE's booth, A211—that's where ASABE Trustee Carol Jones found us (top photo). 

Concurrent with the Expo, ASABE served as host for a plenary meeting of the ISO committee for feed machinery, TC 293, welcoming advisory groups from across the globe (bottom photo).

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AIM 2024


2024 Annual International Meeting

Marriott Anaheim
Anaheim, California


We're looking forward to welcoming you to #ASABE24!

The session reviewers are busy organizing the hundreds of abstracts that were received for #ASABE24! Authors will be notified about their acceptance by March 22.

Make the most of your time at #ASABE24—get involved!

  • Moderate a technical session. Contact the program chair of your preferred technical communities.
  • Attend one of the several committee meetings (posted in the spring). All are open door. 
  • Host a Continuing Professional Development Course and share a special skill that will benefit others? Fill out the form before February 5.
  • Have a great location for a tour? Let us know!
  • Are you the chair of your special-interest community? Host a social or a business meeting. Deadline is February 5! Contact Jessica Bell for more information.
  • Be a sponsor or exhibitor. We have some great options available!

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Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference

Louisville, Kentucky 
February 11–14, 2024

Celebrate the achievements of the 2024 AE50 Award Winners! Awardees will be honored during lunch on Tuesday at the Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference. After lunch, the AE50 Showcase will provide an opportunity to hear from a select group of awardees on their process and product that led them to their award winning status.

Not registered for AETC yet? Onsite registration is available beginning on Sunday, February 11.

Other reasons to attend #AETC24:
  • Machinery Systems specialty conference 
  • Technical sessions with guest speakers
  • Two Continuing Professional Development courses to choose from
  • Student engagement
  • Machinery Systems committee meetings
  • Professional Development Hours earned for all sessions
  • Networking with attendees of similar interest
Full details

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Member Hour Takes a Look at Business Development for African Agrisystems

Join us for the next Member Hour, when we'll hear from ASABE Past President Terry Howell, Jr., and Klein Ileleji, of ASABE's Alliance for Modernizing African Agrisystems (AMAA). They're presentation, "Enhancing Entrepreneurship and Business Development," will provide insights on AMAA's Pillar 2, and the unique aspects of advancing business development for African agrifood systems.

Full details

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Central Illinois Section Hosts Webinar on Urban Ag

Join the Central Illinois Section for a lunchtime webinar February 21, 1:00 pm eastern: "Planting Seeds for Tomorrow: A Dive into NRCS Assistance for Urban/Small-Scale Growers." 

Full details

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ASABE Book Club February 29: Uncomfortable Conversations

Close out Black History Month with a discussion among ASABE peers as the Young Professionals and BIPOC Communities host the next Book Club event on February 29 to discuss the New York Times bestseller Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.

Publications News


2023–2024 Roster Available


The printed member roster, available exclusively to ASABE members, remains a popular publication thanks to its ease of use and rich content. This excellent reference publication offers not only contact information for fellow ASABE members around the world, but also organizational and historical details of the Society, like the constitution and bylaws, section officers, directories of past presidents and Fellows, and a staff directory. All at your fingertips—no clicking, typing, or login required. Contact the ASABE Order Department to order your copy. Cost is only $42.

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Contribute to Our Special Collections


Submit your manuscript by March 31, 2024

The Cyberbiosecurity: Securing Water and Agricultural Systems collection presents works that survey, envision, redesign and/or develop methods for water and agricultural systems directly affected by cybersecurity.

The Constructed Wetlands Special Collection welcomes papers from a wide range of topics related to the design, effectiveness, and challenges of constructed wetlands, including floating treatment wetlands and their impact on the local ecosystem. This collection will be published in the new open access Journal of Natural Resource and Agricultural Ecosystems.

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Resource Magazine Cover for January 2024

The January/February 2024 issue of Resource answers questions on the Strategic Initiatives Council proposal on this year’s ballot. It also profiles the winners of this year’s AE50 awards, our long-running program that recognizes the latest innovations in ag engineering.

Additionally, the issue includes the winning entries in the thirteenth annual VisualChallenge, a popular, reader-driven competition that showcases the beauty of agriculture.

And enjoy Roselle Barretto’s compelling essay, "Plundering Nature's Code: The Ethics and Consequences of Digital Piracy." This thought-provoking piece took first-place honors in the 2023 Ethics Essay Competition.

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Standards Activities

Approved Projects
  • X407.3, Agricultural Drainage Outlets – Open Channels
  • X511.1, Drain Restoration After Utility Construction

Standards Withdrawn
  • ASAE S328.3 JUL2003 (R2020) Dimensions for Compatible Operation of Forage Harvesters, Forage Transporters and Forage Blowers
  • ANSI/ASABE AD17225-4:2014 FEB2018ED Solid biofuels – Fuel specifications and classes – Part 4: Graded wood chips

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Congratulations to the 2024 AE50 Award Winners

AE50 Awards Announced

ASABE and Resource magazine are pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 AE50 Awards, celebrating companies and their technological developments in agricultural, food, and biological systems. Recipients will be formally recognized during a luncheon on February 13, at the Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference.

The  2024 class of AE50 winners will now be reviewed for selection of the 2024 Davidson Prize, presented each year to the top three products. This year's Davidson Prizes will be announced at Commodity Classic, being held February 28 – March 2, in Houston.

"I'm always impressed by the breadth and diversity of technology reflected in the AE50 winners," says ASABE Executive Director Darrin Drollinger. "Full machines and major equipment systems will always be well represented among the AE50; however, every year we see more software and digital solutions propelling agriculture forward." 

Some of those non-machine winners include: 

  • AgIN solution, from the Agricultural Electronics Industry Foundation
  • CABA's DLI Light Detective for greenhouses 
  • The EC-C17008-420 Electric Power Converter, from Danfoss
  • Spectrum Technologies' WatchDog portable wind sensor
  • Berry Impact Recorder by Alpha AgTech LLC

With eight AE50 Awards, CLAAS tops the list of companies with multiple honors. Others include AGCO (five), Case IH (four), and Deere and New Holland (two apiece).

A full list of this year's winning products can be found here.

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Last Call for Standards Developer Nominations

Each year, ASABE recognizes the significant efforts of those teams who devoted time and energy to revision and development of ASABE Standards during the previous calendar year. To be considered for this award, nominations must be submitted by the chair of the committee responsible for the standard by March 1, 2024.

For further information please contact Carla Companion

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ASABE student awards, competitions, and scholarships offer the opportunity to earn cash and recognition for excellence. Take note of the upcoming deadlines and make plans to submit your entry.

March 15
Undergraduate Students 
William J. Adams, Jr. and Marijane E. Adams Scholarship - $2,000
ASABE Foundation Engineering Scholarship - $2,000

PhD Students
John C. Nye Graduate Fellowship - $2,000

April 15
Bioprocess Startup Competition
Ethics Essay Competition
Ethics Video Challenge
Robotics Student Design Competition
Fountain Wars
Student Honor Award

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In Memoriam

Page L. Bellinger

Page Bellinger PortraitASABE Fellow Page L. Bellinger, 93, died Wednesday, January 3, 2024, in, Rock Island, Illinois.

A gathering to celebrate his life with food and his favorite music will be held at a later date at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline, Illinois. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sandra, two children and their spouses, Kara and Neal Blanche and Todd and Jennifer Bellinger, and their families.

Inducted as a Fellow in 1987, Bellinger was a 62-year member of the Society.

Full obituary


Sherwood S. DeForest

Sherwood DeForest PortraitASABE Past President, Fellow, and 80-year member Sherwood “De” Searle DeForest died January 15, 2024, after 102 years as an agricultural engineer, farmer, and loving father and husband.

Born in Ames, Iowa, DeForest studied agricultural engineering at Iowa State University. He began his career as an Iowa State extension agent, working with farmers to improve efficiency, and then became an editor for the magazine Successful Farming. A licensed engineer, he moved his family to Pittsburgh, in 1960, to take a position developing agricultural products with U.S. Steel, and during this time obtained a patent for a new fencing machine.

DeForest served as president of the Society 1975–1976 and was elected a Fellow in 1977. The family suggests he be memorialized with gifts to ASABE that support Iowa State students. Contact Darrin Drollinger for details.

Full obituary 


Robert C. Lanphier, III

Bob Lanphier PortraitRobert (Bob) Lanphier, age 91, passed away on December 30, in Springfield, Illinois.

Born in London, England, Lanphier moved with his family to Springfield when he was still in elementary school. He graduated from Yale University, earning degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering, and industrial administration. In 1956 he joined the General Electric Co., before returning to Springfield, where he joined the Sangamo Electric Co., a firm founded by his grandfather. He left Sangamo in 1967 to join a start-up company, Dickey-John Corp., as chief executive officer. By the time of his retirement, the company, which designed, built, marketed, and sold electronic agricultural instrumentation to farmers and farm equipment partners, had grown to be one of the largest employers in the state of Illinois.

Lanphier was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992 and served as chair of a number of business-related organizations, including ASABE, the Farm and Industrial Equipment Institute, and the Future Farmers of America. He also served on advisory boards for the engineering, agricultural, and finance colleges at the University of Illinois.

Lanphier was elected an ASABE Fellow 2004 and served as president 1990–1991. He was a 42-year member of the Society.

Full obituary

Frank M. Zoz

Frank Zoz PortraitFrank Michael Zoz, 87, passed away on December 9, 2023, in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Zoz was born in 1936, in Murdoch, Nebraska, and grew up on the family farm, which was the beginning of his interest in farming and in John Deere. He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where he earned BS and MS degrees in agricultural engineering.

While in graduate school, Zoz worked at the National Tractor Test Lab, where he became a key figure in the 100-year history of the lab. His experience at NTTL led him to John Deere in 1967. He and his family settled in Hudson, Iowa, and he began a 32-year career with John Deere, where he became a tire, track, and traction expert. He published numerous research articles with ASABE and was active in the Society's power and machinery technical committees. 

A 64-year member of the Society, Zoz was elected an ASABE Fellow in 2002. In 2001, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska.

Full obituary

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