President's Greeting

Hello, and thank you for your interest in the U.S. Agricultural Information Network (USAIN). We are an energetic group of information professionals working in the broad domain of agriculture, and opportunities for involvement abound. Come join us!

It is my honor to service as USAIN President. I am looking forward to the year ahead, knowing I am part of an organization that is tackling some of the world's greatest challenges from food production, climate change, water issues, and more. USAIN may be a small organization, but impactful through the creativity and work of our members and those serving in leadership roles.

For the past 30 years, USAIN has allowed agricultural information professionals and institutions to collaboratively share expertise and knowledge. Building on the great work of the previous Executive Councils, here are a few things we are exploring this year:

  • Migrating our financial management service to a new provider

  • Continuation and further development of collaborations with the National Agricultural Library and AgNIC, and with the Center for Research Libraries (Project CERES)

  • Offering professional development opportunities in non-conference years

  • Disseminating the first USAIN Research Fellow Award, and investigate other funding possibilities for USAIN members

I have no doubt that the next 30 years are bright for USAIN as it evolves and grows as a forum for national policy and issues. Check out what we are up to in the news section, or find us on Facebook and Twitter! If you have ideas to help move the mission of USAIN forward, or would like to become more actively involved, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kristen Mastel

President 2018-2019

Kristen Mastel, USAIN President, 2018-2019

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