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Victory Garden

The Victory Garden:
Youth Farming Food!

The Victory Garden:  Youth Farming Food is a 4-H program design-ed to encourage youth to create a home garden to grow vegetables, grains, and fruit.  Youth learn about being soil stewards, improving it through composting and other best management practices.  The project connects youth to ideas about being a part of a community based food system.

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Victory Garden

The Victory Garden:
Youth Farming Food!

The Victory Garden:  Youth Farming Food is a 4-H program design-ed to encourage youth to create a home garden to grow vegetables, grains, and fruit.  Youth learn about being soil stewards, improving it through composting and other best management practices.  The project connects youth to ideas about being a part of a community based food system.

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Sediment Baffles

Sediment & Erosion
Control

Did you know sediment is the number one pollutant of North Carolina  waterways? Soil scientists  are studying new methods to prevent soil loss from construction sites in the mountains  where trout streams are highly-sensitive to ecosystem disruption.

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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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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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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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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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EVENTS View All
Seminar: Dr. Mike Vepraskas, Soil Sci. Dept., NCSU. The Outlook for Soil Science at NC State: It is better than you think! Wed Dec 3, 2014
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM Where:
Williams Hall Auditorium (2215 WMS), NC State University
— 1 week away
58th Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of North CarolinaTue Jan 20 - Wed Jan 21, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Janes S. McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC
— 2 months away
Certification Training for Nutrient Management PlannersMon Mar 9 - Fri Mar 13, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Raleigh, NC
— 3 months away
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