Science Policy News

Science Policy News

Read about ASPB members in the news and other items of interest for the plant biology community on our Policy Blog. The blog features news and information before they hit the pages of the ASPB Newsletter. It also provides an opportunity for you to engage in dialogue on policy developments affecting the plant biology community.

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Recent Science Policy News

  • Sonny Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary
    Last evening, the Senate voted 87-11 to confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture.  Despite being one of the last cabinet nominees named, Perdue experienced a relatively easy confirmation process with considerable bipartisan support.  Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) used floor debate prior to the vote to ... Read More >
    Apr 25 2017
  • March for Science – the next steps
    Over the weekend thousands of scientists and supporters of science across the world took part in March for Science events from Washington, DC to Sydney, Australia. (Please see community statement, which ASPB joined, applauding the March for Science.)  Plant scientists and ASPB staff marched in support of the countless contributions ... Read More >
    Apr 24 2017
  • March for Science – Washington DC meet up information
    Are you planning to join us for the March for Science in Washington, DC this Saturday? We have designated 2 meet up locations and times. One at 9 AM and another one at 1:30 PM. If you plan to meet us, please look for our ASPB banner! ASPB timeline for Saturday, April ... Read More >
    Apr 20 2017
  • Let’s March!
    One way or another, the work we do as plant biologists has a positive impact on the planet and its inhabitants. And whether these impacts are direct or indirect, our research matters. But too often and for far too long the roles of science in society have been obscure, unseen, ... Read More >
    Apr 17 2017
  • Hearing Update: House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Holds Hearing to Discuss Agricultural Research
    Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – March 24, 2017 On March 16, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing to discuss agricultural research programs and priorities: one of a series of hearings to examine all titles of the next farm bill.  Witnesses included Dr. Jay Akridge, Dean ... Read More >
    Mar 27 2017


Please send any news, comments, or suggestions to Tyrone Spady, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, at or 301-637-2750 x121.