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NCSS Committees

NCSS Committees work within the NCSS Conferences. All conference and committee activities are guided by the conference bylaws. 

Charles E Kellogg

"Essentially, all life depends upon soil. There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together." 

Charles E Kellogg

    National Conference Steering Committee


    Organize and oversee the National Conference 

    Communication between the NCSS regional and national conferences is essential. Steering committees and liaisons should coordinate with committee chairs to ensure objective are met.

    NCSS Committee Members


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    National and Regional Standing and Ad Hoc Committees 


    • Report actions on prior conference recommendations and solicit new recommendations
    • Report to the conference business meeting the progress made on all recommendations 
    • Each committees establishes an action item register
    • The Standing Committees reflect both the National and Regional Conferences
    • The National and Regional Conferences can have ad hoc committees as needed.


    National and Regional Standing Committees

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    The National Conference and Regional Conference share the same standing committees. 

    The standing committees for the National Conference are as follows:

    National Ad Hoc Committees 

    • Ad hoc committees are proposed by NCSS members to the conference steering committee to address emerging issues. 
    • Charges will be defined; a chair and vice chair will be recommended.
    • Steering committee will review for approval. 


    2023 National Ad Hoc Committee 

    Hydric and Subaqueous Soils


    Regional Ad Hoc Committees

    Coming soon! 

    Coordination of Activities 

    All items concerning the coordination of activities are found in the

    National and Regional Conference bylaws

    • The Soil and Plant Science Division Director assigns a liaison to each regional conference.
    • The liaison ensures communication between the regional and national conference.
    • Each committee will have a chair and vice chair. 
    • Committee chairs communicate with the assigned liaison.
    • Regional Standing and ad hoc committee chairs will provide a report to member of the national conference steering committee.

          To join a committee please contact a representative or liaison below.  

    NCSS Contacts and Liaisons

    NCSS National Headquarters Contacts
    Name Position Phone Number Email
    Dr. David Lindbo
    Director - USDA-NRCS - Soil and Plant Science Division
    NCSS Regional Contacts and Liaisons
    Name Position Phone Number Email
    Luis Hernandez
    Northeast Region
    Skye Wills
    North Central Region
    Jo Parsley
    Deb Harms