Agricultural and Food Chemistry


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


2020 Fall ACS National Meeting

The Fall ACS National Meeting is in San Francisco - August 16-20, 2020.


AGFD News and Upcoming Events

A message from the AGFD Chair

The ACS Spring 2020 national Meeting & Expo has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.  My thoughts are with our communities and families that are being affected by this virus.

I am honored to serve you as the 2020 AGFD Chair. I would like to thank all symposium organizers, presiders and presenters for the Philadelphia ACS meeting.  We received more than 300 abstracts, and scheduled 190 presentations in 27 oral sessions and more than110 posters. Ten symposia cover topics on pectin and food packaging, food sensory, fermented foods, gut microbiota, food for human health, nanotechnology, food authentication and detection techniques, etc. Unfortunately, we could not meet in Philadelphia due to the conference cancellation.  AGFD have moved the Withycombe-Charalambous Graduate Student Symposium to the Fall 2020 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, and is handling the Undergraduate Students Poster Competition in an alternative way. Some symposia have decided to move to a later ACS National Meeting and some are combined into the fall San Francisco meeting. In addition, the presenters for the General Papers (Oral) and General Papers (Poster) symposia in Philadelphia have been encouraged to resubmit the abstracts to the Fall 2020 ACS National Meeting.  The Executive Committee and the Future Programs meetings will take place on-line at their already scheduled times. You may send an email to Dr. Youngmok Kim if you are interested in participating in the next Future Program Meeting.  

I look forward to welcoming you in San Francisco, CA.  More detailed information about AGFD can be found in the Spring 2020 Cornucopia. 

Best Regards –

Lucy (Liangli) Yu


Please consider joining the Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

  • Membership is only $10 annually for ACS members and students, and $15 annually for non-ACS members. 

  • Supporting AGFD through membership allows us to continue to provide monthly email updates, a website with organized/consolidated AGFD-related content (, excellent AGFD programming and students awards. We hope you will continue to support, and help grow the AGFD division of ACS.

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The Spring ACS National Meeting has been cancelled. 
Spring 2020 Cornucopia Newsletter


XVI Weurman Flavour Research Symposium

September 21-25, 2020 Dijon France


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

2020 AGFD Awards Summary

Information on all AGFD Awards

Complete 2020 AGFD Award Details

Complete list of AGFD Award details for 2020

AGFD Award Flyer

The purpose of the Advancement of Application of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Award is to recognize and encourage outstanding contribution(s) to pure and/or applied agricultural and food chemistry.

AGFD Award Nomination Form

The nomination form for the AGFD Award.

AGFD Young Scientist Award Flyer

Participation in the competition is open to all young scientists who have earned their last degree within 12 years of October 1st of the year of presentation and are members of the Division of AGFD.


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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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