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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Michael Robotham, National Leader, Technical Soil Services, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, will meet with a representative from Australia’s Landcare Research Center to discuss soil health.  The meeting will be held July 14.
  • Sid Brantly, National Grazing Lands Ecologist, Ecological Sciences Division, Washington, D.C., Gene Fults, Rangeland Management Specialist, Portland, Oregon, and Ken Spaeth, Rangeland Hydrologist, Central National Technology Support Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, will attend the International Rangeland Congress.  Sid will conduct a workshop on rangeland health and ecological site descriptions and Ken will lead a workshop on the use of the Rangeland Hydrology Erosion Model. Gene will present a paper on the 12-year results of the National Resource Inventory on-site Grazing Land Study. The conference will be held in Kamloops, Canada, July 15 – 23.
  • Kim Berns, Director, Easement Programs Division, and John Rissler, Team Leader, Easement Programs Team, Washington, D.C., will meet with a group from China on July 19.  The Chinese are interested in the U.S. farmland protection system, laws and regulations, development of farmland quality protection application process, and the development of quality improvement technology such as soil fertility and soil improvement.
  • Glenn Carpenter, National Leader, Ecological Sciences Division, Beltsville, Maryland, will meet with a Chinese delegation on July 25.  The Chinese are developing policy for manure recycling and field application so they need to develop testing standards first.  The meeting is at the request of the U.S. Grains Council.
  • Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist, Davis, California, will meet with representatives from Mexico’s Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry (SAGARPA) to discuss USDA’s climate hubs.  Dates of the visit are pending.