Published On: 11/24/2015

SME meeting to focus on agricultural minerals

Two conferences join to consolidate expertise

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to be hosting the 30th Florida SME and Dreyer Conference, a partnership between the SME Florida Section's Annual Regional Phosphate Conference and the Dreyer Conference. Focusing on agricultural minerals, the conference is a unique opportunity for mining, chemical processing, reclamation and environmental experts from around the world to exchange technical information and ideas. The conference will be held October 7-8, 2015 at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida.

The two components of this unique meeting are:

  • The Florida SME Phosphate Conference. This meeting is the largest conference in the Southeast relating to all industries involved in mining and mining-related services. Boasting an international audience, this is a key opportunity for networking, sharing ideas and gaining insight through technical sessions and exhibitor demonstrations.
  • The Dreyer Conference is named in honor of industry leader Robert M. Dreyer. This series of conferences was established by SME to promote the science of geology as it is applied to the field of economic geology and, particularly, nonmetalliferous geologic exploration.

The combined conference program topics include:

  • Exploration and Mine Planning
  • Geology
  • Reclamation
  • Analytical Evaluation
  • Regulatory Rulemaking
  • Mineral Processing
  • Environment / Health and Safety
  • End Uses and Innovations in Technology
  • Chemical Processing

Offsite field trips include a tour of Mosaic's Four Corners Mine and Four Corners phosphate beneficiation plant. Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, visit

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or