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  • Past, present and future of soil sciences

    The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is reporting the results of a recent survey of trends related to the soil science profession. The results suggest that employment opportunities in soil and related sciences are increasing, and students, academics, and employers have a positive outlook for the future of soil science. Despite these positive findings, the survey identified areas to be ...

  • With Changing Climate, Farmers Should Prepare

    Climate change may trigger images of polar bears falling off melting ice slabs in the Arctic, but the changes are relevant for Ohio farmers as well. Winters in Ohio are warming quicker than summers are, while summer nighttime lows are increasing faster than daytime highs, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the College of Food, ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Science preview: October 2012 meetings of agronomy, crop, and soil science societies

    How are manufactured nanoparticles affecting the world’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems? What are the linkages between organic farming, healthy soils, and healthy foods? Can “grey” wastewater be safely used to irrigate farmland and replenish groundwater supplies? What strategies are underway around the world to sustain food security in the face of climate change? These are ...

  • Longtime soil science publication repositioned and relaunched

    The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is pleased to announce one of the leading soil science publications, Soil Survey Horizons, has undergone an editorial repositioning and name change as of 2012.  The new title, Soil Horizons, is consistent with SSSA’s desire to reach a wider audience, including policy-makers in Washington, environmental scientists and researchers, and the ...

  • Identifying future soil science research needs

    Soil is subjected to a growing number of human-caused dangers from contamination, urbanization, desertification, salinization, mismanagement, and erosion. The soil ecosystem provides services necessary to manage and maintain a healthy and stable planet. Soil is key to carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, water purification, and waste treatment. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has ...

  • ‘Science of Soil Health’ Videos Feature OSU Extension Experts

    Soil researchers across the Midwest, including agronomists and scientists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, want to help growers unlock the secrets of soil health to improve yields, lower input costs and increase farm income. A new series of YouTube videos, called “The Science of Soil Health,” is designed to provide new ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Soil science society of America announces 2010 award recipients

    The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) will present the following 2010 Awards during their Annual Meetings on Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Long Beach, CA, www.acsmeetings.org. Kirk Scheckel – Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award. Kirk Scheckel is a research soil scientist in the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of ...

  • Plant and soil science conference emphasizes food, energy and environmental security

    A conference is coming to Long Beach Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 that presents the latest research in plant and soil science, emphasizing the security of food, energy and the environment in the next green revolution. More than 3,000 international scientists, professionals, educators, and students will present new technologies and discuss emerging trends in food security, bioenergy, climate change, soil ...

  • Societies to participate in science and engineering festival

    Top researchers and celebrities in science and engineering, along with stage shows, up-close interaction and hands-on exhibits from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America are a few of the highlights expected at the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo hosted by Lockheed Martin and set for April 28-29, 2012 in ...

  • SavATree Focuses on the Science of Tree Care

    In the wake of Hurricane Irene many homeowners and property managers are paying closer attention to their trees and wondering what, if anything, can be done to minimize tree-related storm damage in the future. While there are a number of steps that can be taken to strengthen and prepare your trees (pruning, cabling and bracing, insect control) SavATree recommends that homeowners also take a ...


  • 2012 world food prize recipient among speakers at upcoming meetings of agronomy, crop and soil science societies

    In June, Israeli-American soil scientist Daniel Hillel was named the 2012 recipient of the World Food Prize, the foremost international honor for individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. Now, Hillel—a more than 50-year member of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)—is slated to speak at the 2012 ...

  • Agronomy, Crop, and Soil Science Societies urge congress to avoid devastating budget cuts

    The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) joined with 3000 other organizations in warning Congress-- any automatic budget cuts set for January of 2013 will have devastating effects on the nondefense discretionary (NDD) community-- especially research and education funding for food, agriculture, and environmental ...

  • New Era for British Soil Science 2015 Annual Meeting - Call for Abstracts Now Open

    There is much to celebrate for Soil Science in the UK. We are beginning the path to the 2022 World Congress of Soil Science in Glasgow, which will be an excellent opportunity to highlight soils science research in the UK. New opportunities are underway such as the STARS Centre for Doctoral Training, the Global Food Security 'Soil and Rhizosphere Interactions for Sustainable Agri-ecosystems' ...

  • Soil exhibition inspires

    With an estimated 2 million visitors and 4.3 million hits on the interactive website, “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil” demonstrates the ability of inspiration to channel interest into an exciting, but sometimes confusing science. The lessons of “Dig It!” are now available to inspire the next steps in soil education. Inspiration, rather than teaching, guided the design of “Dig It! The Secrets of ...

  • Rediscovering sound soil management

    At the same time that demand for food is soaring along with the world’s population, the soil’s ability to sustain and enhance agricultural productivity is becoming increasingly diminished and unreliable. Fortunately, it’s not too late to restore our soil resources. What it will take, say the editors and contributors to a new book, Soil Management: Building a Stable Base for ...

  • Plant and soil scientists assemble

    More than 3,500 scientists, professionals, and students presented their latest research and discussed emerging trends in agriculture, energy, climate change, environmental science, and related issues at the 2009 Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting’s ...

  • Role of earthworms in soil explored

    The right earthworms can make home septic systems work better. The wrong ones could do the opposite. That’s the finding in a study of worm populations living in the soil near trenches receiving septic tank flow outside five single family homes in Arkansas. Carrie L. Hawkins of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville performed the study in collaboration with Agricultural Research Service (ARS) ...

  • Measuring calcium in serpentine soils

    Serpentine soils contain highly variable amounts of calcium, making them marginal lands for farming. Successful management of serpentine soils requires accurate measurement of the calcium they hold. Research published this month in the Soil Science Society of America Journal shows that multiple measurement techniques are needed to accurately measure calcium content in serpentine soils. To make ...

  • Science societies commend senate action on farm bill

    It sets the next five years of farm policy, including important research programs related to the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber.  Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, a move applauded by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).  Leaders ...

  • New book challenges statistics for agricultural sciences

    A new and first of its kind book provides a practical guide for the use of modern statistical methods within agricultural and natural resources sciences. Analysis of Generalized Linear Mixed Models in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences is being released world-wide at an important time of change in the research community.  It demonstrates, through examples, the design and ...

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