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Countdown to World Soil Day

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Post #3: World Soil Day—A Day In The Life

October 17—As we countdown to World Soil Day on December 5th and learn more about the importance of soil, you might wonder what a soil scientist’s day is like. “A Soil Scientist’s Perspective” will give you a bird’s eye view of the work being done on behalf of soil and the benefits to you—the consumer. (Link: Careers in Soil Science)

World Soil Day celebration in Thailand.Post #2: World Soil Day—How Did It Start?

October 10—In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) adopted a resolution proposing what would become World Soil Day. The resolution was intended to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.

Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) supported the formal establishment of World Soil Day as a global-awareness-raising platform. In June 2013, the FAO Conference unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly.

In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. This date was chosen to honor the official birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, who officially sanctioned the event. (Link: UN Resolution)

Logo for World Soil Day.Post #1: World Soil Day is December 5th

October 3—Often ignored, seldom appreciated, the wonderful world of soil is not the natural resource often discussed or cared about. But we want you to change that. With a little time and a small commitment to learning—things could improve. Trust us on this, soil is critical to life. No one understands that more than the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Check us out right here for the next 64 days and be amazed at what you will learn, what will scare you, and what will bring a smile to your face. It’s all about the soil. Stay tuned starting today as we launch our Countdown to World Soil Day on Dec 5th. Follow us as USDA NRCS Soil Science Division posts important information every Wednesday in October then every weekday in November until December 5. (Link: World Soil Day)