MSU’s Thomasson named president-elect of national ag science, technology organization

Barbie Espinol

Get in touch with: Karen Brasher

Alex Thomasson pictured with a bookshelf in the background
J. Alex Thomasson (Picture submitted)

STARKVILLE, Skip.—The head of Mississippi State’s Division of Agricultural and Organic Engineering is the 2022-23 president-elect the Council for Agriculture Science and Technology.

J. Alex Thomasson will formally suppose his obligations as president-elect at the conclusion of CAST’s drop board conference in Oct. In 2023-2024, he will come to be the 51st president of the group, a singular honor and accountability courting back again to 1972, when Charles A. Black and Norman Borlaug, together with other fully commited experts, spearheaded the motion to “bring science-primarily based facts to policymaking and the community.”

Forged membership is composed of scientific and specialist societies, universities, organizations, nonprofits, libraries and people. In accordance to the organization’s website, “The large distribution of Solid publications to non-experts improves the schooling and knowing of the general public. At a time when the online has produced it more hard to individual exact and inaccurate info, it has under no circumstances been much more crucial for reputable sources to provide trustworthy, non-partisan facts from authorities in their respective fields.” For additional, pay a visit to

Thomasson represents the American Modern society of Agricultural and Organic Engineers on CAST’s Plant Agriculture and Environmental Issues perform group. He has been concerned in creating two Forged Concern Papers—“Ground and Aerial Robots for Agricultural Output: Chances and Challenges” and “The Purpose of Agricultural Science and Technology in Weather 21 Venture Implementation”—and he has served as a liaison on other Cast publications.

In his position at MSU, Thomasson also is the William B. and Sherry Berry Endowed Chairholder. He manages 17 faculty members in study and extension involved with agricultural and biological engineering and know-how and teaches around 500 undergraduate and graduate learners. He is a registered skilled engineer and earlier held faculty positions at Texas A&M College and MSU, even though starting his profession as a exploration engineer with the U.S. Section of Agriculture’s Agricultural Study Service.

His vision for Solid includes retaining scientific objectivity so posture papers are considered as educated and credible.

“Within CAST’s placement as a scientific authority on agricultural issues, fashionable implies of speaking crucial thoughts to the community really should be explored and adopted in which correct,” Thomasson reported.

Thomasson stated he wants to mature CAST’s membership. He believes with the growth of agricultural technological innovation in the very last 10 years, it is significant Forged expand its academic, nonprofit and company membership with emphasis on systems. He hopes to do so by partaking younger associates and rising their alternatives for involvement, when encouraging life span membership.

MSU is Mississippi’s primary university, accessible online at

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