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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Craig Goodwin, National Water Quality Specialist, Ecological Sciences Division, Washington, D.C., and Noel Gollehon, Senior Economist, Resource Economics and Analysis Division, Beltsville, Maryland, will meet with a visitor from New Zealand on September 3.  The visitor is interested in managing the effects of fertilizers on water quality and how to establish policy on water quality outcomes and land use practices.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science Division, Beltsville, Maryland, will attend the 12th East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies International Conference.  Thomas will present a paper on the international year of the soil, soil survey, and soil classification.  The conference will be held Sept. 16 – 22, in Nanjing, China.
  • Timothy Brasuell, Civil Engineer, Saipan, Marshall Islands, will participate in a study on how the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers apply regional planning techniques to disaster management on largely rural agricultural landscapes.  Timothy will travel to Vientiane, Laos from September 18 to October 4.
  • Maxine Levin, National Leader for Soil Interpretations, National Soil Survey Center, Beltsville, Maryland, Luis Hernandez, Amherst, Massachusetts, Randy Riddle, MLRA Soil Scientist, Oxnard, California, and Kristine Ryan, Soil Scientist, Aurora, Illinois, will attend the 8th International Conference of the Working Groups in Urban, Industrial, Traffic, and Mining Areas.  They will give papers and posters.  The conference will be held Sept. 20 – 29 in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science Division, Beltsville, Maryland, Cheryl Simmons, Natural Resources Specialist, Central National Technology Support Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Michael Kucera, Agronomist, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, have been requested by the Foreign Agricultural Service to provide technical assistance for activities under USDA’s “Improving Soil Fertility through Extension” project in Pakistan.  Tentative dates of travel are October 10 – 19.