ASSBT VIRTUAL Meeting – March 1st – 4th, 2021

Facilitating the Exchange of Technical Information

in Beet Sugar Processing and Sugarbeet Production

Next Executive Vice President Appointed

Anna MurphyThe Beet Sugar Development Foundation (BSDF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Anna Murphy as the next Executive Vice President. Anna will be working with the existing Executive Vice President, Paul Pfenninger, over the next few months as he transitions into retirement. Anna earned her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI, with a degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Since her graduation she has utilized marker-assisted breeding techniques to select for and improve Aphanomyces and Fusarium disease tolerance in sugar beets with Syngenta Seeds. She has also had roles in Product Evaluation/Management at Hilleshog Seed and Supply Management at Magno Seed.

Anna will utilize her technical background and experience in the sugar beet industry to help BSDF advance its long-lasting relationship with USDA-ARS. Working together with USDA-ARS and industry leaders to provide solutions for today’s sugar beet agricultural and processing challenges is the ultimate goal of the Foundation. She will also be responsible for overseeing the McGinnis Institute of Beet Sugar Technology Schools (MIBST), which includes Beet End, Sugar End, along with the Agriculture School. These schools are critical for providing training sessions for the next generation of sugar beet technologists.
As Executive Vice President, Anna will also provide leadership for the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT). The ASSBT’s function is the promotion and dissemination of scientific knowledge. The association’s cooperation with the sugar beet industry, allows the business to remain competitive and successful.

We welcome Anna Murphy to the Beet Sugar Development Foundation. She will be working out of the Denver office and will officially begin on Monday, January 11. We wish her the very best in her new responsibilities.

Our Mission

The objectives of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologist (ASSBT) are to foster all phases of sugarbeet and beet sugar research, to promote the dissemination of resultant scientific knowledge, to strive to maintain high standards of ethics, and to cooperate with other organizations having objectives beneficial to the beet sugar industry.

Officers and Executive Committee

Melvin Bolton

Melvin Bolton

President

Nick Klein

Nick Klein

Vice President

Paul Pfenninger

Paul Pfenninger

Executive Vice President

Rebecca Larson

Rebecca Larson

Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Knudsen

Tom Knudsen

Immediate Past President

Oliver Neher

Oliver Neher

Intermountain Region

Christy Sprague

Christy Sprague

Great Lakes Region

Kimberly Webb

Kimberly Webb

Eastern Rocky Mountain Region

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson

Canada Region

Margaret Rekoske

Margaret Rekoske

Pacific Coast Region

Mike Metzger

Mike Metzger

North Central Region

Mark Bloomquist

Mark Bloomquist

Agriculture at Large

David Groom

David Groom

Processing at Large

ASSBT Membership

Membership is paid during registration at our Biennial meetings.  If you were unable to make the meeting and still want to be a member, please contact the office.  303.832.4460

American Society of Beet Sugar Technologists

The objectives of the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologist (ASSBT) are to foster all phases of sugarbeet and beet sugar research, to promote the dissemination of resultant scientific knowledge, to strive to maintain high standards of ethics, and to cooperate with other organizations having objectives beneficial to the beet sugar industry.

Office Location

800 Grant Street, #300
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4460

BSDF Office Map