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

2021 General Meeting

41st VIRTUAL Biennial Meeting – March 1 - March 4, 2021

41st Biennial Meeting – Partnership & Innovation: The Key to Success

Virtual Meeting –  March 1 – March 4, 2021 

(The meeting will be taking place in CENTRAL STANDARD TIME)

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Partnership and Innovation: The Key to Success

Abbreviated Schedule*
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*Central Standard Time
*Section A – Agriculture – General
*Section B – Biotech – Physiology, Genetics and Plant Pests
*Section C – Processing / Factory Operations

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View Past Meeting Events

2017 Biennial Meeting (Past)

Monday, February 27 Class
08:00 - 12:00 USDA / ARS / Industry Meeting Regency F
09:00 - 18:00 Registration
13:00 - 15:00 BSDF Board Meeting Crepe Myrtle
13:00 - 17:00 Crop Germplasm Committee Regency F
15:00 - 16:00 Program Committee Crepe Myrtle
18:00 - 20:00 Presidents Reception Studio 220
Tuesday, February 28 Class
08:00 - 17:00 Registration Meeting Planner Office
09:00 - 12:00 General Session Regency Ballroom
13:15 - 17:00 Section A Regency BDavid Tarkalson
13:15 - 18:00 Section B Regency CMike Metzger
13:15 - 18:00 Section C Regency FJorge DeVarona
Wednesday, March 1 Class
08:00 - 12:00 Section A Regency BTom Peters
08:00 - 12:00 Section B Regency CLee Panella
08:00 - 12:00 Section C Regency CCraig Giles
13:15 - 15:00 Section A Regency BMohamed Kahn
13:15 - 14:55 Section B Regency COliver Neher
13:15 - 15:00 Section C Regency FJeff Carlson
13:15 - 17:00 Section C Regency DJeff Carlson
15:00 - 17:00 Posters Redbud RoomMitch McGrath
Thursday, March 2 Class
08:00 - 12:00 Section A Regency BJim Stewart
08:00 - 12:00 Section B Regency CPeter Regiting
08:00 - 12:00 Section C Regency DMike Benedict
13:15 - 18:00 Free Afternoon
18:00 - 19:00 Reception Pre-Function Area
19:00 - 20:00 Banquet and Awards Program Regency Ballroom
Friday, March 3 Class
08:00 - 12:00 Board Meeting Mandalay Room
Monday, March 1 Class
08:30 - 11:30 USDA/ARS / Industry meeting
13:00 - 15:00 CGC Meeting
13:30 - 15:30 BSDF BOD Meeting
Tuesday, March 2 Class
08:00 - 08:30 General Session
08:30 - 11:30 Sections A, B, & C
Wednesday, March 3 Class
08:00 - 08:10 Announcements and Awards
08:10 - 10:40 Sections A, B, & C
10:40 - 12:30 Forums
Thursday, March 4 Class
08:10 - 10:00 Sections A, B, & C
10:10 - 10:30 Closing Session

Thank you to the following companies for their sponsorship:

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. – Dessert Table at President’s Reception

SESVanderHave – Refreshment Breaks

Betaseed, Inc. – Wine at the Awards Banquet

MCAG – Wednesday Evening Reception

Monsanto – Two Drinks for President’s Reception

Uploading Video Presentations

Video Presentations will be uploaded to dropbox. The due date for video presentations to be uploaded to DropBox is Monday, February 15.

The link for the Dropbox is as follows:

Section A – General Ag

Section B – Ag Bio Tech

Section C – Processing and Operations


Please save your presentation with your presenting date, time, and last name in the title.  For example:  Mar3-910Bloomquist.  We have been made aware that certain organizations cannot utilize Dropbox, and if that is the case with your organization, please let your Chairman know and we will work out other arrangements to upload your video presentation.  Please see the Link to “How to” directions for recording your presentation.

Recorded video specifications:

4GB maximum size, 1920x1080p resolution, 30fps, file type MOV or MP4 (preferred), codec H.264

To download detailed instructions on how to record your presentations, click here.


  • Each presenter will have up to 19 minutes for their presentation.   If you do not fill all 19 minutes, we will run a photo slide show and music to fill the time.  Please use this time for Q&A in the chat box.
  • During your video presentation timeslot, you will need to be available and on-line to answer any questions regarding your presentation that are typed into the chat room during your video presentation.
  • The presenter will need to introduce themselves in the first 30 seconds – 1 minute of their presentation.
  • The Presenter is responsible during and after their presentation to check their presentation chat box to answer questions throughout the meeting.
    • Chat Box feature will turn off on Thursday after the meeting.  The email that was provided for presentation contact will be the email posted on the presentation page.

If you have a technical question or any issues submitting your presentation, please contact the ASSBT office – 303.832.4460

Program Committee

The ASSBT Board of Directors met in March 2020 to begin planning this meeting.  Final arrangements are being made for an interesting General Session. An excellent Program Committee has been appointed, who have developed a strong program with attention to current topics of importance to our industry.  The Committee consists of:

General Program Chairperson: Mike Metzger – Minn-Dak Farmers’ Cooperative  Email: [email protected]

General Program Co-Chairperson: Jay Anderson– Lantic, Inc  Email: [email protected]

Agronomy Program Chairperson: Mark Bloomquist  Email: [email protected]

Genetics and Plant Pests Program Chairperson: Ashok Chanda – University fo Minnesota  Email: [email protected]

Operations Program Chairperson: Ryan Wall – Crystal Sugar Company  Email: [email protected]

Poster Program Chairperson: Oliver Neher – Amalgamated Sugar Company Email: [email protected]

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

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