Transforming Food and Agriculture to Circular Systems

NAE Focus on Complex Unifiable Systems

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ASABE Fellows James Jones, R. Paul Singh, Sue Nokes, and Brahm Verma, as well as ASABE member Bruno Basso, are among the presenters and moderators for the Virtual Forum on Complex Food and Agricultural Systems: Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience, hosted by the National Academy of Engineering.

The forum will review characteristics and challenges of existing systems and the need for various engineering disciplines to converge to lead the transformation of current mostly linear food and agriculture into circular and resilient systems. The forum will also explore needed progress and investment in education, R&D, modeling and analytics, public-private collaboration, and other dimensions.

The forum will take place September 9, from 11 am to 4 pm (eastern time). Registration is free.

ASABE is proud to be a major sponsor for this event.


#ASABE21 Mini-Symposium on Circular Economies

Keynote Presentations

Panel Presentation: Building a Coalition

Panel Presentation: Current Activities for Transforming to Circular Systems

In 2019, under President Sue Nokes, ASABE hosted keynote speaker Joel Makower at the Society's annual international meeting. Makower’s presentation, “From Here to Sustainability,” spurred vigorous follow-on conversations among ASABE members regarding our food and agricultural systems, the need to transform to circularity, and the essential expertise agricultural and biological engineers bring to the process.

From those conversations emerged an initiative being led by ASABE Fellows Jim Jones and Brahm Verma that is growing within and beyond ASABE. A  mini-symposium at the 2021 Annual International Meeting began with the AIM keynote session, featuring Kathleen Merrigan and Martin Scholten. Invited sessions followed throughout the day. See below for recordings of all three segments of the mini-symposium and stay tuned for more news on this important ASABE initiative.

Autumn Member Hour Series Focuses on Circularity

Join us as we host an informative, seven-part Member Hour series that focuses on various aspects of circularity. 

Registration free but required. Non-members welcome. 

All times Eastern


Thursday, September 16, 1 pm 
James W. Jones, PhD, and Sue E. Nokes, PhD, PE
An Introduction to Circular Economies in Agriculture
Watch • Slide Deck • Backgroud Paper by Basso, et al.

Thursday, September 30, 1 pm
Ebenezer Miezah Kwofie, PhD
When Circularity Becomes Central to Our Global Food Security Agenda

Thursday, October 14, Noon 
William (Joe) Sagues, PhD
Coupling Circularity with Carbon Negativity

Thursday, October 28, 1 pm
Stephanie Herbstritt, PhD Student
Waste to Worth: A Case Study of the Renewable Natural Gas Circular Economy in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, November 9, Noon
Keith Kline and Mike Levy, CLE
Circular Economy Standards Initiatives in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO TC323): Status, Issues, Opportunities

Thursday, December 2, 1 pm
Ernie Shea, Kellie Blair, and Bryan Sievers
Farm Scale Circular Systems

Thursday, December 9, 2 pm
Allison Thomson
Circularity Ag Value Chain and the Environment
Learn more


Resource - March/April 2021
Special Issue on Transforming Food and Agriculture to Circular Systems