Crop and Soil Sciences hosts Soil Science Society of NC’s Annual Meeting

Rich McLaughlin presented at the Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of North Carolina

The Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of North Carolina was held January 16, 2018 at the McKimmon Center.  A group of 175 attendees heard keynote speaker Dr. Kenneth B. Taylor, State Geologist, North Carolina Geological Survey, present this year’s theme, “Where Soils and Geology Meet.”  Several members of the Crop and Soil Sciences faculty gave presentations reporting results of their research and extension activities. Because of the following day’s snow event, remaining presentations and the awards banquet are tentatively rescheduled for March 12.


One highlight of this year’s meeting was a special display of noteworthy academic posters created by the students of Bob Patterson’s Crop Science 214 class lab.

George Naderman (right) and friend study student posters

The Soil Science Society of North Carolina (SSSNC) is a professional society that includes researchers, educators, regulatory personnel, consultants, and environmental health specialists, with a mission to promote the accumulation, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge pertaining to the soils of North Carolina and to provide a medium for exchange of information by those interested in soil science and closely related subject matter areas.

Attendance at this year’s meeting represented not only North Carolina, but Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Alan Franzluebbers addresses the Soil Science Society of NC’s Annual Meeting

As a non-profit organization (501c3) and 100% volunteer run, SSSNC offers continuing education courses, encourages soil science research, supports educational programs, and funds an annual scholarship.

Membership is open to the public. Soil science professionals, students and any interested parties are welcome to join the cause.

Article by Kaki Carl