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2024 North Central Regional Soil Survey Conference

Event Date
June 24-27, 2024
See Agenda (below)
University of Wisconsin, Platteville, WI
Aerial of eroded farmland restored in southwest Wisconsin near the Mississippi River, south of La Crosse. Farms surrounded by clouds along the ridges of the rich Loess bluffs along the Mississippi River.

Join us for the 2024 North Central Regional Soil Survey Conference!



$150 – Regular Registration

$30 – Student Registration

$50 – AGI Educators

By attending this conference, you agree to be photographed or video recorded, which may be used for NCSS and USDA publications, websites, and social media.

The 2024 North Central Regional Soil Survey Conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville, Wisconsin, from June 24-27. The theme for the conference is “Digging into the Driftless – A Dynamic Vision for Resilient Soil Climate and Ecosystems.”

Call for Abstracts

North Central Call for Abstracts


North Central NCSS Committees


The conference will be held in Doudna Hall (#11). P1 is the nearest parking. (No parking permit or fee is required for the summer semester.)


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Platteville, an IHG Hotel
55 S. Elm Street
Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 342-2238
Block of rooms held until May 15 for $107/night and tax exempt 
Group: NCSS Regional Soil Conference

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
630 S Water St, 
Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 348-7373
Block of rooms held until May 24 for $107/night and tax exempt 
Group: NCRSC Conference

Super 8 by Wyndham Platteville
100 Highway 80-81 South
Platteville, WI 53818 
(608) 348-8800
Block of rooms held until May 24 for $85/night and tax exempt 
Group: NRCS Soils


Jennifer Smith
State Soil Scientist
NRCS Wisconsin
(p) 608-662-4422 x 202

Dr. Chris Baxter
Professor of Soil and Crop Science
University of Wisconsin-Platteville


Skye Wills
National Leader, Soil Science Research
(p) 402-437-5310

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Monday, June 24: Registration, Keynote Speaker, and Posters at Doudna Hall, UW-Platteville

7:30 am
Host Prep
2:00 pm
Registration and Poster Set-Up
4:00 pm

Dr. Tammy Evetovich, UW-P Chancellor;
Nathan Fikkert, WI NRCS State Conservationist;
Dr. David Lindbo, Director, NRCS-SPSD;
Neil Dominy, Director, National Soil Survey Center, NRCS

5:00 pm
NCSS 125-Year Anniversary

Jenn Mason, SPSD

5:20 pm
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eric Carson

6:20 pm
Social Hour and Posters

Tuesday, June 25: Conference at Doudna Hall, UW-Platteville

7:30 am
8:00 am

Dr. Chris Baxter, UW-Platteville; 
Jen Smith, SSS WI NRCS

8:20 am
NRCS National Updates

Richard Reid, Regional Resource Soil Scientist, Central National Technical Support Center, NRCS, Science and Technology Branch

Francine Lheritier, Natural Resource Soil Scientist for Dynamic Soil Properties, NRCS-SPSD, Soil Services and Information

Tiffany Allen, National Resource Soil Scientist for Federal Lands, NRCS-SPSD, Soil Program Management

9:20 am
9:40 am
Cooperator and University Updates

Open, lightening talks, Universities, Agencies, Organizations

11:00 am
The Future of Soil Survey: A Dynamic Vision

Soil Survey 360
Bernie Skipper, Cartographer, MI NRCS

NRCS Dynamic Soils Hub 
Andy Paolucci, Soil Data Modeler/Soil Scientist, NRCS-SPSD, Soil Services and Information

NRCS Digital Soil Mapping Projects in the North Central Region
Betsy Schug, Soil Data Quality Specialist, NRCS-SPSD

12:00 pm
Lunch Buffet
1:00 pm
Soil Climate & Dynamic Systems

Efficacy of Texture Stratification with Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy to Predict Soil Organic Matter and Organic Carbon Across WI Soils
Garrett Klepitsch, Soil Scientist, Onalaska SSO, NRCS-SPSD

US Forest Service Dynamic Soil Properties Project in the Superior National Forest
David Morley, Forest Soil Scientist, USFS, Superior NF

Ecological Site Descriptions Projects and Agreement
Dr. Jacob Prater, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2:00 pm
2:20 pm
Urban Soils and Soil Surveys

Milwaukee Initial and Urban Soil Mapping Project

Urban Soils and pXRF Data
Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, University of Wisconsin -Stevens Point

3:00 pm
Break and Assemble to Rooms
3:20 pm
Committee Meetings & Breakout Sessions
5:00 pm
Dinner (on your own)

Wednesday, June 26: Field Tour, Outside Doudna Hall (lunch and dinner provided)

7:30 am
Assemble & load buses
8:00 am

Stop 1: Platte Mound (soil formation of the area)

Stop 2: Cuba City (anthropogenic soils)

11:40 am
Lunch at Pioneer Farms
1:20 pm

Stop 3: Rountree Formation

Stop 4: Mississippi River Terrace

5:00 pm
Dinner at Potosi Saloon
7:20 pm
Travel back to campus

Thursday, June 27: Conference at Doudna Hall, UW-Platteville

7:30 am
8:00 am
Welcome & Logistics
8:20 am
Education Presentations

AGI and NRCS Partner for Soil Education Specialist
Lauren Brase, Education Specialist, American Geosciences Institute

Dr. Nick Balster, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:20 am
9:40 am
Committee Reports
11:40 am
Closing Remarks