ACE Membership

ACE works hard to deliver meaningful programs and services to our membershipThroughout the year, ACE offers online and face-to-face professional development, networking opportunities and much more.

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ACE Membership benefits include:

  • Publishing opportunities in the Journal of Applied Communications, a quarterly peer-reviewed professional journal
  • Discounted rates for the ACE annual conference
  • Learning Communities where members can share information
  • Easy connection with the member directory
  • Live and recorded professional development presentations
  • Evaluation and recognition through the annual ACE Critique and Awards
  • Access to job postings for career opportunities around the world
  • Opportunities to build leadership skills through ACE committees, learning communities and the board of directors
  • ACE Development Fund grants for selected professional development activities

Types of Membership

ACE Membership Options

Professional Member

Any single person will be eligible for professional membership who has a professional interest in communicating about agriculture, natural resources, life and human sciences, and related sciences. Annual dues are $160.

Student/Recent Graduate

Any person who is a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, or has graduated within the last two years, will be eligible for student/recent graduate membership. Your membership will require proof of student/recent graduate status be sent to Annual dues are $80.

Institutional Membership | 5 Members  or 12 Members

Institutional Membership. An institutional membership allows for institutions to pay directly for individual memberships and is transferable to another individual within the institution only upon a change of employment with the member. Institutional members receive full benefits, including voting privileges. Bundle (up to 5 members or 12 Members ) - Annual Dues $800 or $1920

International Chapter

The chapter membership is designated for developing countries where budgets and salaries preclude paying individual memberships. We accept a developing country as defined by the World Bank.  The representative provides a list of communications and technology professionals qualified for membership (working in information and technology units of agricultural education, research, and development institutions). This group of persons have 'chapter member' status, and receive the equivalent of one individual membership (e.g., one vote in ACE elections and one set of ACE materials that can be duplicated for wider distribution in the country). Chapter members are eligible to participate in the Critique and Awards (C&A) program and meetings and conferences at the professional member rate, but cannot be officers or directors of the ACE Board. It does not imply a lesser professionalism or skill level on the part of the members from charter-status countries. Chapter status for a country does not preclude individuals in that country from applying and paying for an individual professional membership.


Any member who has retired from employment is eligible for retired membership on the membership application form for the next membership year.  Annual dues are $100.


Any member who is eligible for retired member status may apply to become a life member. Life membership will take effect upon approval by the ACE Board. One time payment of $300.

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