July 2015: Why Ag Matters (AgIsAmerica’s Monthly Newsletter)

Why Ag Matters 

Your monthly snapshot of the extraordinary work from our land-grant universities, institutions, and Colleges of Agriculture compiled by Agriculture Is America.

2015 is the International Year of Soils

Twelve land-grant universities are working together to make soil survey data more reliable and accessible. Soil survey data is used to evaluate soilssoil and landscape health as well as address environmental concerns like erosion, crop yields, and climate change. Researchers from several universities serve on NCERA-003, a multistate research committee. NCERA-003 is now the longest continuous running research committee in the North Central region

Here’s what Dr. Ken Olson, soil scientist at the University of Illinois and a former NCERA-003 administrative advisor, said: “Since soil is highly susceptible to disturbances caused by humans, it’s imperative to use soil survey data when managing land and natural resources. We are developing new methods and tools to help gather more reliable data and broaden the scope and impact of soil science research.”

Here’s what Dr. Jerry Miller, soil scientist at Iowa State University and a former NCERA-003 administrative advisor, said: “By making soil survey data more reliable and accessible, NCERA-003 is facilitating smart, timely land and natural resource management decisions “We work tirelessly to demonstrate the importance of soils and monitoring soil health, from hosting conferences, to displaying museum exhibits, to publishing educational materials. Our goal is ensure land managers take care of the nation’s soils and the life and infrastructure that depend on them.”

To read more about NCERA-003, please click here.

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Fun Fact: Did you know July is National Blueberry Month? Check out this Buzzfeed article that highlights eight ways to use blueberries this season.

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