Copyright Information, Privacy Statement, and Terms of Use

Privacy Statement

The American Society of Agronomy, Inc. (ASA), Crop Science Society of America, Inc. (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America, Inc. (SSSA), also known as the Societies, have developed and are publishing the following privacy policy to demonstrate our commitment to users’ privacy. The following describes our information gathering and dissemination practices.

This information applies to all Society websites including without limitation agronomy.org, crops.org, soils.org, acsmeetings.org and asa-cssa-sssa.org.

The Societies recognize that users may have concerns about privacy issues as they navigate the Internet. We endeavor to provide users with a safe and secure environment.. The Societies will use reasonable efforts to ensure that the information you provide remains private, and is used only for the purposes stated below. Please review the Terms of Use for the definition of the websites’ relationships to its users.

Collected Information

Users may access the public portions of the Society websites without registering but must register in order to use any of the personalization areas some of which are members only. Some areas require you to register to make a purchase, or pay for a meeting registration as other services. Our site's registration form requires specific contact information: name, e-mail address, etc. to conduct e-commerce (e.g., register for short courses and meetings, make purchases from our online store). The contact information is used to contact users when necessary.

Unique identifiers (such as IDs and passwords) are collected to verify the visitor’s identify and for use as account numbers in our record system.

Security Capabilities and Financial Information

Financial information may be collected online when making a payment.. The online forms are within an SSL secured site using https. The SSL Certificate is currently being provided by Verisign and can be verified by selecting the logo to the right of the page. This is intended to encrypt the information during the transaction so as to protect the cardholder data from easy access by unauthorized users.

Links to Other Sites

The Society websites may contain links to third-party websites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to users and not as an endorsement by the Societies of the contents on such third-party Websites. The Societies do not endorse, or warrant any linked website; are not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites, nor the content or accuracy of materials on such third-party websites. Links to third-party websites are performed and accessed entirely at your own risk.

Cookies

At the Society websites, we use a feature on your Internet browser called a "cookie". A cookie is a small file that your Web browser places on your computer's hard drive to identify you as a user. Cookies are not used to collect personal information about users, nor do we sell them to other organizations.

IP Address

An IP address is used to verify access rights of licensed subscribers to ASA-CSSA-SSSA products that require license agreements, such as journals and JNRLSE. They also aid in the general administration of the websites.

Email

The Societies does not sell or rent email addresses to other organizations. Certain email addresses may be published in both print and electronic Society publications including the Society websites. The Societies may generate email for the following types of communication:

  1. Notification email to which the individual may subscribe and unsubscribe.
  2. Transactional email, which is the result of a business transaction initiated with one or more of the Societies.
  3. Relationship email, which is sent as an informational service because of a relationship with one or more of the Societies.
  4. Commercial email, which is sent to promote a Society product or service (You may opt not to receive this type of email).
  5. Correspondence from Society staff as a result of a communication initiated by a member or customer.

Mailing Lists Opt-Out

Postal mailing lists, comprised of full name and postal address, may be rented to other organizations (e.g. professional societies and/or commercial publishers) for one-time promotional or informational use [unless you inform us this is unacceptable to you on a form provided to you or made available to you by us] . Promotional or informational materials are subject to Society approval prior to the rental although the Societies have no responsibility or liability with respect to the content of such materials, or actions of third parties. Email addresses are not included in mailing lists.

Public Forums

Forums may be hosted on the ASA, CSSA, SSSA websites. The inherent public nature of these forums dictates that the ASA, CSSA, SSSA assumes no responsibility for protecting the information disclosed on them by users. Please exercise caution when disclosing personal information in public forums.

Updating Member Information and Opt-Out Options

ASA, CSSA, SSSA members and contacts may opt out of all e-mail communication. In addition, the online Member Directory is provided for informational purposes to members-only and members may opt out of being listed in the directory

You may update your personal information online or by contacting Member Services in the following ways:

1.  Online through your Society account at any of the following: www.agronomy.org | www.crops.org | www.soils.org

Login, select Update Profile then select Email/Contact Preferences

 

2.  Email: membership@sciencesocieties.org, membership@agronomy.org, membership@crops.org or membership@soils.org

 

3. Mail:

ASA-CSSA-SSSSA
Attn: Member Services
5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711

Phone: 608-273-8080

Fax: 608-273-2021

Terms of Use

This page states the "Terms of Use" for the use of ASA-CSSA-SSSA (defined below) Websites; including without limitation; the agronomy.org, crops.org and soils.org and covering additional [third party] Websites: www.careerplacement.org, www.naptprogram.org, www.rmcca.org, www.louisianaccaprogram.org, www.intlcss.org, www.a-s-f-.org Websites. Please also review our privacy and security statements as they are incorporated herein by reference. By using this Website, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) may revise these Terms of Use at any time by updating this posting. The terms "You" and "User" are used to refer to any one who is accessing the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Websites.

 

Acceptable Site Use

(a) Copyright and Proprietary Rights

The entire ASA-CSSA-SSSA contents of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Websites, including the text, graphics, images, logos, button icons, HTML code, and other "Material" are owned exclusively and copyrighted by ASA-CSSA-SSSA under the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). User agrees not to remove or obscure copyright notices appearing on this Website. ASA-CSSA-SSSA grants no copyright or ownership interests to User for any of the material and proprietary information referred to herein as belonging to ASA-CSSA-SSSA. Permission to use ASA-CSSA-SSSA content may be granted in special circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please direct any request to use content to the ASA-CSSA-SSSA office at webmaster@sciencesocieties.org

(b) Name and Logo

Use of any ASA-CSSA-SSSA name or logo is strictly prohibited without the prior specific written consent of ASA-CSSA-SSSA signed by its authorized representative. User agrees and warrants not to use any ASA-CSSA-SSSA name or logo for any purpose, including without limitation promotional or commercial purpose without the prior written consent of ASA-CSSA-SSSA.

(c) Prohibited Use

User agrees and warrants user will not modify, alter, or create derivative works of or from any material or information contained on ASA-CSSA-SSSA websites without prior, specific written permission of ASA-CSSA-SSSA signed by ASA-CSSA-SSSA’s authorized representative.

User agrees and warrants user will not post any false, misleading or inaccurate biographical or other personal information, delete or change any information posted by another person, post or access a ASA-CSSA-SSSA website using the identity of another or a false identity, or share User's password with any third party.

User agrees and warrants user will not do anything that interferes with the design, content, appearance, proper working ability, or functionability of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Website(s). This includes but is not limited to activity that can overload the Website's infrastructure, use of software or other device other than that which is available from ASA-CSSA-SSSA, tampering with the software that makes up the Website, and destroying or changing information posted by any other person.

User agrees and warrants user will not engage in any unlawful, improper, harassing, offensive, or commercial activity on the Website.

User agrees and warrants user will not post material that is copyrighted without first obtaining proper written consent from the copyright owner; and agrees that User is solely responsible for all material and content User posts on the Website.

(d) Website Security

Users are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate or assisting another to violate or attempt to violate the security of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA websites as these Terms of Use.

Registration and Password

Users are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their information and password. User is solely responsible for all use of and associated with User's registration and the compliance with all Terms of Use.

Termination of Account

ASA-CSSA-SSSA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to pursue all of its remedies; legal and equitable, including but not limited to deletion of User's postings from this Website and immediate termination of User's registration with or ability to access the Website and/or any other service provided to User by ASA-CSSA-SSSA, (i) upon any breach by User of these Terms of Use, (ii) if ASA-CSSA-SSSA is unable to verify or authenticate any information User submits to the Website registration, or (iii) if user has not logged onto the account in the past 90 days.

Waiver of Liability

ASA-CSSA-SSSA does not screen or censor the User-generated or third party generated content made available on the Website. ASA-CSSA-SSSA is NOT LIABLE for any such content posted on the Website. User assumes all risks associated with dealing with other users with whom User comes in contact through the Website. Should a dispute arise between User and another user, User hereby agrees to release ASA-CSSA-SSSA from all claims, demand, and damages associated with such a dispute.

Disclaimer of Warranties

THE CONTENT THAT IS POSTED ON THE ASA-CSSA-SSSA WEBSITES MAY CONTAIN INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL OR OTHER ERRORS. ASA-CSSA-SSSA MAKES NO REPRESENTATION ABOUT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, OR TIMELINESS OF THE WEBSITE OR THE CONTENT POSTED.

THE WEBSITE(S) AND MATERIAL ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. ASA-CSSA-SSSA, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIMS, ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCURACY AND NONINFRINGEMENT. ASA-CSSA-SSSA MAKES NO WARRANTIES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, OR TIMELINESS OF THE MATERIAL, SERVICES, SOFTWARE, TEXT, GRAPHICS, AND LINKS.

ASA-CSSA-SSSA DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR THAT THE WEBSITE AND ITS SERVER ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL MERCHANISMS. IF YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE OR THE MATERIAL RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR DATA, ASA-CSSA-SSSA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS. 

Disclaimer of Consequential Damages

IN NO EVENT SHALL ASA-CSSA-SSSA BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS OR DAMAGES OR INJURY, LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERUPTION RESULTING FROM OR RELATED TO THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE(S) AND THE MATERIAL AS INFORMATION DISPLAYED OR CONTAINED THEREIN, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR OTHER THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT ASA-CSSA-SSSA IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES INJURY OR LOSS.

Links to Other Sites

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Websites may contain links to third party Websites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to User and not as an endorsement by ASA-CSSA-SSSA of the contents on such third-party Websites. ASA-CSSA-SSSA is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites and does not make any representations or warranties, express or implied (and all such warranties are expressly disclaimed), regarding the content or accuracy of materials or information on such third party Websites. Links to third party Websites are performed at your own risk.

ASA-CSSA-SSSA does not screen or verify or represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, appropriateness, or reliability of communications posted by users or endorse any opinions expressed by Users. User acknowledges that any reliance on material posted by other users will be at your own risk.

Indemnity

User agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless ASA-CSSA-SSSA, its officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, actions, proceedings, liability, cost and expenses, and demands, including without limitation, reasonable legal, proceedings and accounting fees, arising, related to or resulting from your use of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Websites or your breach of the terms of these Terms of Use (any or Service Agreement). ASA-CSSA-SSSA shall provide notice to User of any such claim, suit, or proceeding of which it has received notice and may, in its sole discretion, assist User, at User's expense, in defending any such claim, suit or proceeding. .

Terms of Agreement

User agrees not to make any unauthorized use, including without limitation, commercial use of this Website. .

Governing Laws

These Terms of Use are governed by the internal substantive laws of Wisconsin, USA. Jurisdiction for any claims arising under this agreement shall lie exclusively with the state or federal courts within County of Dane, Wisconsin, USA. If any provision of these Terms of Use are found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term.

 

This Statement is subject to change and was last modified on August 5, 2010

 

Opinions and conclusions expressed by authors are their own and are not considered as those of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, its staff, its members, or its advertisers. Advertisements in the publications and/or websites do not constitute an endorsement of the product. Trade names are sometimes mentioned in papers published in this journal. No endorsement of those product by the publisher is intended, nor is any criticism implied of similar product not mentioned.