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Resource Conservation Workshop

Resource Conservation
Workshop

For the past fifty years, youth have traveled from every corner of the state to spend a week at NC State to delve into the world of natural resources conservation.  Throughout their residency, youth clamber into soil pits to determine the suitability of the spot for on-site waste treatment based on their deductions of soil texture, color and structure.  Other youth might be be using GPS technology to mark waypoints across a farm, taking the information back to the lab to create a map which they can use to determine a Best Management Practice plan. Rotating through field trips, lectures and labs, the the Resource Conservation Workshop focus’s on youth’s understanding in soils, agronomy, forestry, water and wildlife.

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Resource Conservation Workshop

Resource Conservation
Workshop

For the past fifty years, youth have traveled from every corner of the state to spend a week at NC State to delve into the world of natural resources conservation.  Throughout their residency, youth clamber into soil pits to determine the suitability of the spot for on-site waste treatment based on their deductions of soil texture, color and structure.  Other youth might be be using GPS technology to mark waypoints across a farm, taking the information back to the lab to create a map which they can use to determine a Best Management Practice plan. Rotating through field trips, lectures and labs, the the Resource Conservation Workshop focus’s on youth’s understanding in soils, agronomy, forestry, water and wildlife.

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Water Chemistry

Soil & Water
Chemistry

Did you know biological organisms can affect soil and water chemistry?  The action of soil bacteria can cause the formation of minerals, like orange iron hydroxides seen in this mountain stream. This bio-mineralization process can greatly affect the mobility of pollutants in the environment.

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Soil Carbon

Soil Science &
Climate Change

Did you know microscopic organisms regulate the accumulation of carbon in the soil, which has major implications with regards to the global carbon balance and potentially global warming.  Carbon sequestration in the soil exceeds the sum of the carbon stored in the atmosphere (~ 750 billion tons) and all living plants (~610 billion tons). Conservation practices that increase the storage of carbon and decrease the decomposition of organic matter may very well have a positive impact on stabilizing or even reducing global temperatures

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Groundwater Contamination

Groundwater
Quality

Did you know soil scientists are involved in conducting groundwater studies to trace contamination and to develop strategies to make corrective actions. Contamination commonly is located in the soil, saprolite, and water phases.  Soil and groundwater chemistry are important to the  understanding of the interaction of various types of chemical contaminants.

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Wetlands Mapping

Wetlands Mapping

Modern wetlands mapping relies heavy upon the study of hydric soils and groundwater. Soil science is the single most important discipline for conducting precision wetlands mapping. Soil scientist work on the behalf of government agencies and corporations in developing real world plans to protect valuable wetlands.

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Sustainable Soils Forum on Sep 18, 2014 in Raleigh, NC popular

A number of byproduct materials generated by Southeastern industrial sectors have proven value as soil amendments, soil blending ingredients, drainage aids or landscaping components. These materials include Pulp and Paper industry residuals, FGD Gypsum, MORE »

Soil 101: Introduction to Soil – Online!

Understanding soil is a basic skill needed by anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. Traditionally, to gain that skill, a person has had to pay college MORE »

Climate change: How does soil store CO2?

Scientists have now discovered how organic carbon is stored in soil. Basically, the carbon only binds to certain soil structures. This means that soil’s capacity to absorb CO2 needs to be re-assessed and MORE »

Improve your soil management program

Are you continuing to evaluate your tillage and soil management program? It’s worth the thought that you regularly put into all the other aspects of your farm management, even if the changes you MORE »

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Seminar: Jayme Ferrari, PhD Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Crop Production as a Function of Soil Acidity Amendment in a No-Tillage System in BrazilWed Sep 24, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 5 days away
Seminar: Janet Chappell, MS Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Carbon Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Agroforestry System in the Southeastern U.S.Wed Oct 1, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 2 weeks away
Seminar: Daniel Hedgecock, MS Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Adaptive Nitrogen Management for Corn, Sorghum and Wheat in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Wed Oct 15, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 4 weeks away
Seminar: Amanda Liesch, PhD Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Infiltration Index for Site Assessment in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina Wed Oct 22, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 1 month away
Seminar: Angel Cruz, MS Student, Crop Sci. Dept., NCSU. Sin Suelos Sin Comida: Examining the Relationship Between Soils and Food Security in El Salvador. Wed Oct 29, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 1 month away
Seminar: Marie Freeman, MS Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Testing Alternatives to EC Measurements to Predict Woody Plant Growth in Saline Soils. Wed Nov 12, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 2 months away
Seminar: Wayne Roper, MS Student, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. Rhizobia Effects on Nodulation and Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Legume Cover Crops. Wed Nov 19, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 2 months away
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