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Travel restrictions affecting professional meetings

Professional societies are feeling the effects of guidelines that limit the amount of money that federal agencies can spend on meetings.

An article from DTN reports that, based on top-level agency prioritizations, a number of scientists from USDA and the Army Corps of Engineers had to cancel plans to participate in the recent annual joint meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.  A recent New York Times article discusses the issues as well and describes the expected reductions in federal employee attendance at the upcoming 2012 Supercomputing Conference as an example.

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