Agricultural and Food Chemistry


Enhance quality of life by advocating safe, nutritious and sustainable food and agricultural supplies that meet global challenges.


2021 Spring Cornucopia

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AGFD News and Upcoming Events

This is a great time to make sure you are registered for the ACS Spring Meeting which will be held virtually from April 5-16, 2021 (PST). The meeting theme is “Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century”.  Live oral technical presentations will be hosted from April 5-16, followed by two weeks of on-demand and networking content.

The AGFD division will host 276 abstracts in 9 symposia with 33 sessions. The spring AGFD program schedule will be released on March 10th.  For more information and to register please see

Presidential Symposium

Sustainability: Advances and Applications: a Presidential- AGFD Symposium

This symposium is part of ACS President H. N. Cheng’s 2021 theme, and is part of the AGFD technical program for the Spring National Meeting. There will be 10 sessions with 60 speakers. Sessions will cover bio-sourced materials, by-product utilization, crop protection and optimization, food, energy and water nexus, nano-applications, as well as food safety – security, and health implications. Details will be available in the Spring 2021 ACS Meeting Technical Program and in the Spring 2021 Cornucopia.

Get Involved

Want to be more involved in the leadership of AGFD?  Do you have great ideas for future symposia?  Join us virtually for either the Future Program or Special Topics Meetings.  These meetings are open to all AGFD members.  The Zoom links are given below. We look forward to your participation.

Sunday April 11th, 2021

The Special Topics Meeting (open to AGFD members) 11:00 to 12:00 PST (2:00 to 3:00 EST)

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We hope that you and your family are safe and doing well during these troubling times.  

We would like to announce the creation of a new “Diet and Gut Microbiome” Subdivision within AGFD.  The slate of officers includes: Chair: Mr. Jason Soares,  Chair, DoD TriService Microbiome Consortium Bioprocessing and Bioengineering Group Lead US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (CCDC-SC), Natick, MA;  Vice-Chair:  Dr. Guodong Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science, Program of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA; Secretary:  Ms. Laurel Doherty,  Research Chemical Engineer, US Army CCDCSC, Natick, MA; and Dr. Karley Mahalak, Research Molecular Biologist, Diet and Gut Microbiome Research Group, Eastern Regional Research Center, USDA, Wyndmoor, PA.  This exciting new subdivision looks forward to your submissions!

ACS National Meeting:

  • We are pleased to bring you a fully virtual ACS Meeting for ACS Spring 2021 on April 5-16, 2021. Additional information is available on our FAQ page.  (Click Here)

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Pacifichem Congress has been rescheduled and will now take place December 16 – 21, 2021 in Honolulu, HI, USA.  . The call for abstracts will re-open in January - April 2021 to receive additional submissions. At that time, you may also make edits to existing submissions and resubmit prior to the submission deadline.  Please visit for continued updates regarding the Pacifichem 2021 Congress.

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  • We would like to remind you of the excellent value that AGFD brings, including excellent technical programs, social events, student and young scientist awards, monthly E-newsletter, AGFD Facebook page ( and so much more.  We hope that you value this membership and will encourage students, colleagues and perhaps yourself (has your membership lapsed?) to join or renew membership in the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division.

  • Applications can be found at our Division website (  We appreciate your membership and look forward to your help growing our outstanding division.


2021 Spring ACS National Meeting

The Virtual Spring ACS National Meeting was on April 5-16, 2021.


Careers and Career Development

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Passing of Dr. G. K Jayaprakasha

Dr. Guddadarangavvanahally K Jayaprakasha (Jay), 59, Research Professor, Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center (VFIC), Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, TX, USA, died on October 25, 2020 of brain cancer. 

Jay is survived by his wife Savitha, two children Shreyas and Swathi, father Krishnareddy Kommein, four
siblings and in-laws Vasudevareddy and Savitramma.



Spring 2021 Cornucopia

Fall 2020 Cornucopia

Spring 2020 Cornucopia


Our Division

AGFD brings together persons particularly interested in the chemistry of agricultural and food products, both raw and finished; to foster programs of general papers and symposia on special topics dealing with this field of chemistry; to promote such other activities as will stimulate activity in and emphasize the importance of research in agricultural and food chemistry. AGFD provides quality, timely Symposium at ACS National Meetings. Programs are of interest not only to chemists, but to biochemists, biologists, agronomists, plant physiologists, molecular biologists, agricultural engineers, chemical engineers, material scientists and food scientists.

Technical focus is on agriculture, renewable resources, food composition, food quality, food processing, nutrition, biochemistry, food safety, food flavor, biotechnology, natural products, pharmaceuticals, green products, chemical raw materials and feedstocks, bioenergy, and sustainability.

Objectives of the division are to encourage the advancement and understanding of agricultural and food chemistry; and to promote scientific interest and inquiry in agricultural and food chemistry by divisional meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications.


  • Develop focused and timely programs, products and services that engage those involved in agriculture, food chemistry, and related fields.  

  • Enhance communication and market our programs, products, and services more effectively.   

  • Expand global impact by developing the infrastructure to deliver technical programming for targeted international audiences.



Community and Your Profession

Timely technical symposia

Engage scientists to advance our field

Celebrate Your Community

Mentorship, Awards and Recognition


ACS Council News


AGFD Awards

2021 AGFD Awards Summary

Complete 2021 AGFD Award Details

AGFD Award Flyer

AGFD Award Nomination Form

AGFD Young Scientist Award Flyer

Undergraduate Student Poster Competition

Withycombe-Charalambous Graduate Student Symposium


Join AGFD  Today

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AGFD Online Membership Application

The online membership application to join AGFD.  Select Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGFD) for your Technical Division.

AGFD Membership PDF

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Agnes Rimando Memorial Symposium


Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship

Congratulations to John Finley as the 2019 Sterling B. Hendricks Lecturer

The Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecture was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture.

2019 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecturer

The Evolution and Future Needs of Food Chemistry in a Changing World

John W. Finley, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


AGFD Resources

Complete document of AGFD resources, including current officers, symposium organizer guide, symposium request form, and subdivision officers guide.


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