Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

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Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) News

  • Are sinking soils in the Everglades related to climate change?

    Characterized by alligators, airboats, and catfish, the Everglades is a region of swampy wetlands in southern Florida. In addition to the area’s role in Florida’s tourism industry, the Everglades play a significant part in ...

  • Do soils need a low-salt diet?

    Doctors often tell their patients to reduce their salt intake as part of a healthy lifestyle. When we start looking at food labels, we may find salt in surprising places – like baked goods, drinks and canned foods. While you may try to ...

  • Forest soils recovering from effects of acid rain

    Before the United States 1970 Clean Air Act, rainfall all over the country was acidic. As precipitation would fall from the sky, it would mix with gases from industrial plants, emissions from cars, and especially coal and fossil fuel consumption. ...

  • Fungal decisions can affect climate

    When we think of climate change, we tend to think about greenhouse gases, fossil fuels and pollution. Most of us don’t think about fungi. But Kathleen Treseder does. Treseder, an ecologist at the University of California, Irvine, studies how ...

  • Water management grows farm profits

    A healthy lifestyle consists of a mixture of habits. Diet, exercise, sleep and other factors all must be in balance. Similarly, a sustainable farm operates on a balanced plan of soil, crop, and water management techniques. The western United States ...

  • Reducing Energy’s Footprint: Restoring land after coal, oil, & gas development

    At an educational Congressional briefing on September 12, two expert panelists will discuss the process of restoring land that has been used in energy development to beneficial uses. Since 2010, the United States has been the second largest energy ...

  • Balancing food security and environmental quality in China

    In many ways, the evolution of Chinese agriculture over the past 40 years is a remarkable success story. Spurred by investments in research and government subsidies for fertilizers and other farm technologies, China now feeds 22% of the ...

  • Farming carbon: Study reveals potent carbon storage potential of manmade wetlands

    After being drained by the millions of acres to make way for agriculture, wetlands are staging a small comeback these days on farms. Some farmers restore or construct wetlands alongside their fields to trap nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, and ...

  • President`s budget proposal includes increase to ag and environmental research

    The Obama Administration rolled out a multi-trillion-dollar budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 today (Apr. 10). Encouragingly, the President’s budget proposal includes increases in funding for several key agriculture and natural ...

  • TIP: Experts on drought and dust

    In the 1930s, severe drought in the United States coupled with widespread soil degradation from unsound farming practices led to the Dust Bowl—a period of massive dust storms that caused damage to millions of acres of farmland and forced ...

  • The phosphorus index: changes afoot

    Twenty years after its inception, the continued need for water quality improvement has led to a call for further advancement of the Phosphorus Index Phosphorus (P) is both an essential nutrient in agricultural fields and a contributor to poor water ...

  • Health problems uncovered by new research into wastewater reuse

    The reuse of treated wastewater can be a valuable resource in arid regions around the world, with water being reclaimed for irrigation, surface release, and groundwater recharge. But some contaminants in the water are being identified as health ...

  • ALERT: Congressional briefing on anniversary of landsat satellites, future importance

    Forty years ago, Landsat Satellites began a vigilant watch, protecting and enhancing the quality of life on Earth by tracking changes on the surface over time, and creating a vast global record of amazing land images and data.  But could this ...

  • Key to Life in the Desert: What New Research Reveals about the Importance of Soil Crusts

    Biological soil crust organisms found to play an active role in the development of soil structures and the allocation of water and nutrients Thursday, July 19, 2012 - Deserts creep outward in various directions across the western United States. The ...

  • ALERT: congressional briefing planned on reduction of Farmers impact to Chesapeake Bay watershed

    Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area often adopt nutrient management planning in an effort to keep fertilizer on the land and out of the Bay to protect water quality.  But what are the costs, and can nutrient management planning help ...

  • Coalition calls for fed support of Ag

    The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) www.agronomy.org, is a scientific society helping its 8,000+ members advance the disciplines and practices of agronomy by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, ...

  • Vital agricultural, natural resource, and environmental research and education retained for fiscal year 2012

    American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America applaud Congress’ support for critical agricultural, natural resource, and environmental research and education programs. The importance of ...

  • Farming after the flood: Management strategies and costs

    This year extensive flooding of America’s prime agricultural lands has resulted in millions of dollars in lost crops.  In addition to direct economic losses, farmers face post-flooding cleanup costs associated with removing sediment and ...

  • Media alert: Scientists meet in San Antonio Oct. 16-19

    WHAT: 2011 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meetings WHERE:   Henry Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 16 through Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 WEBSITE: www.acsmeetings.org October 12, 2011 -- What would ...

  • Urban impacts on phosphorus in streams

    Although phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all life forms, essential amounts of the chemical element can cause water quality problems in rivers, lakes, and coastal zones. High concentrations of phosphorus in aquatic ecosystems are often ...