More Details about the 2020 Virtual Conference

Dear ACE Members,

I want to thank you for your support of ACE’s decision to cancel the in-person meeting in Chicago in lieu of the virtual meeting! By the looks of registration so far I am confident about and excited by this new concept that will showcase many of the conference features we look forward to every year.

To those of you who have already registered, I thank you. To those of you still considering it, I sincerely ask each of you to support ACE and make the commitment to register. As I have mentioned before, ACE depends on conference revenue to balance its budget every year and it’s more important than ever to finish the fiscal year strong.

To the many speakers and researchers who agreed to participate virtually during these trying times, I thank you!

Please read on for some highlights.

Monday, June 22 – Virtual Academic & Research Presentation – 10:00-11:30 am CDT

The Academic & Research Learning Community kicks off the virtual conference with its moderated research presentation discussion followed by its business meeting. The accepted research paper presenters have each pre-recorded 5 minute sessions highlighting their papers. In addition the accepted poster presenters have provided pdf versions of their posters. All of this research will be available to registrants on June 8 to allow for previewing ahead of the discussion!

There are two registration options – 1.) Attending just Monday’s Academic and Research session for $145 per professional or $65 per student or retiree and 2.) Registering for the whole conference, which includes the Monday session for $295 per member or $225 per student or retiree. Rates go up June 1.

Wednesday, June 24 – Virtual Conference - 3:30-6:30pm CDT

We’ll begin this session with the annual member business meeting that includes recognition of our outgoing board members along with the installation of the new board. This will be followed by recognition of and remarks by the ACE Reuben Brigham Award Winner, Pam Golden and the ACE Professional Award Winner, Beth Forbes. From there Jennifer Alexander will lead the celebration and announcement of the 2020 C&A Award winners – an upbeat ending to this day for sure!

Thursday, June 25 –Virtual Conference - 9:00am-6:00pm CDT

This is a full day of virtual sessions headlined by ag communicators from across the country! Our speakers include keynotes Mary Olivieri and Lorrie Boyer as well as ACE members like 2019 Professional Award winner Mary Wirth. Click here for bios of each our speakers. We will recognize our Learning Community Leadership and Pioneer Award winners. In addition OPS winner videos will be screened. We’ll end the day with a short happy hour to celebrate another year of ACE history in the books!

Registration also includes access to the more than 20 pre-recorded breakout sessions. I am especially proud of the value your registration brings:

  • Academic & Research Presentation and Meeting (12 pre-recorded papers and 14 posters)
  • 60 minute pre-recorded breakout sessions
  • Celebration and Recognition of C&A and Leadership Award winners
  • 8 Keynote style talks on subjects like farm broadcasting, diversity and inclusion, ag communications, extension development, emerging technology and more!

And as a tribute to retirees and past presidents, a special Zoom happy hour will follow. Truly a fitting end to three days of excellent ACE content!

I encourage you to view all of the conference related pages for specific details. Click on “2020 Virtual Conference” in the main navigation for a drop down menu.

If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me at

In the meantime please stay healthy and safe and I look forward to you “seeing” you all during our virtual conference! Until then, all the best!

Doug Edlund

ACE President

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