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An completely on-line course for lifelong learners interested in soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

An completely on-line course for lifelong learners interested in soil.[/caption] 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 tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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An completely on-line course for lifelong learners interested in soil.

Soil 101: Introduction
to Soil – Online!

An completely on-line course for lifelong learners interested in soil.[/caption] 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 tuition and spend long hours in a classroom. Now, with the power of the internet at your fingertips, the NC Cooperative Extension Service is bringing a first class Introduction to Soil education to your office, dining room table, or local coffee shop. Learn more about this open online course at http://go.ncsu.edu/introduction-to-soil

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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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Improving Infiltration

Recovering from
Construction

Construction activities usually have very bad outcomes for soil due to the removal of topsoil and compaction by machinery and vehicles.  We are testing different methods for helping the soil recover to allow for better vegetation growth and higher infiltration rates, which in turn helps reduce runoff and improve water quality.

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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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Biofuels

Farming for
Fuel

Did you know several new crops have potential as substantial biomass producers, including perennial grass species. The NC General Assembly mandated a long-term policy commitment to biofuels – setting a goal that 10% of liquid fuels (600,000,000 GPY) will be locally grown and produced by 2017. Soil scientists are investigating the sustainability and long-term impacts of many of these potential new energy crop systems.

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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!

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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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