CROPS 2024 promises a fun introduction to Southern cuisine, history, and attractions. The conference program includes the opportunity to take advantage of Huntsville’s vibrant collection of local microbreweries with a ‘Hops on the Helix’ beer festival, as well a closing banquet and keynote address at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, where attendees will enjoy dinner beneath the Saturn V moon rocket.
Our multi-day conference will be filled with talks from renowned experts seeking to address the intersection of newly emerging genomic technologies and their application to crop improvement. This year’s topic: Improving Agriculture Through Genomics.
The HudsonAlpha campus consists of 152 acres nestled within the second largest research park in the United States, Cummings Research Park. The city of Huntsville, Alabama is renown in the Southeast for its high-tech economy, highly educated workforce, and its pivotal role developing space technologies and systems such as the Apollo Saturn V rocket to the moon, the Space Shuttle’s main engines and booster, the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory, and the modern day International Space Station and James Webb Space Telescope optics.
Situated in the Tennessee River valley, Huntsville has the densest concentration of antebellum homes in the South (the Twickenham Historic District) and one of the largest arts enclaves in the Southeast (Lowe Mill), featuring more than 100 working artists and a live performance venue.