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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Susan Southard, Soil Scientist, Davis California, will provide soil interpretations training in support of the Haitian Pilot Soil Survey Project. Dates of travel are Sept. 1 – 9.
  • Leonard Jordan, Associate Chief, Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science Division, Beltsville, Maryland, Charles Kome, Soil Scientist, Soil Science Division, World Soil Resources, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Lillian Woods Shawver, Director, International Programs Division, Beltsville, Maryland, will conduct an assessment of the Pilot Soil Survey Project and NRCS activities with the Government of Haiti.  Dates of travel are September 8 – 12.
  • Kenneth Scheffe, Soil Scientist, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, will participate in the World Resources Board Workshop.  Purpose is to promote the use of soil taxonomy to an international community of scientists.  The meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland, September 13 – 20.
  • Wayne Honeycutt, Deputy Chief for Science and Technology, Tony Kramer, Deputy Chief for Programs, Dave Smith, Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment, Terrell Erickson, Director, Ecological Sciences Division, Noller Herbert, Director, Conservation Engineering Division, Mark Rose, Director, Financial Assistance Programs Division, and Robert Snieckus, National Landscape Architect, Conservation Engineering Division, will meet with a Chinese delegation on September 16.  The delegation is interested in learning about the agency’s environment programs and future potential opportunity for cooperation.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science Division, Beltsville, Maryland, Jon Fripp, Civil Engineer, National Design, Construction, and Soil Mechanics Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, 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” and “Watershed Rehabilitation and Irrigation Improvement Demonstration” projects in Pakistan.  Dates of travel are October 13 - 31.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science Division, Beltsville, Maryland, is scheduled to attend the 20th Latin America Soil Science Congress, which will be held in Cusco, Peru, November 9 – 19.  During the conference, Thomas will present a paper on soil survey and ecological sites and teach taxonomy at a soil classification workshop.