Conference Circuit: Soil Science

The Soil Science Society of America’s 2019 International Soils Meeting begins this weekend in San Diego. Attendance is expected to top 4,000.

Thousands of scientists, researchers, practitioners, educators, and students are headed to San Diego in the next few days to learn about the latest research, product development, and industry advances relating to the agricultural sciences.

Organization: Soil Science Society of America

Conference: 2019 International Soils Meeting

Venue: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

City: San Diego

The SSSA International Soils Meeting begins on Sunday evening with an opening keynote featuring Tom Vilsack. The former U.S. secretary of agriculture and current president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council will discuss climate-smart agriculture that’s good for both the farm and the land. Also on the agenda:

Cheers! While oenophiles will already know how soil affects wine, attendees who don’t can sign up for a wine-tasting event where vintners from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will discuss the connections among soils, grapes, and wine from a wide range of grape-growing environments.

Student competition. SSSA’s inaugural student competition will give the next generation of agricultural professionals the opportunity to showcase their work to the broader soils community. In the tournament-style event, top winners from each division will go on to compete in head-to-head, five-minute oral and poster sessions. Top prize is $1,000.

Advocacy action. To keep federal funding for research, soil scientists must become increasingly skilled at engaging with policymakers. During the “Science Not Silence” advocacy workshop, participants will learn how the federal budget affects the research they do, the best ways for them to engage in advocacy, and how to effectively communicate with policymakers.

Head to Twitter (#sssamtg) and Facebook for other meeting details.

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Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

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