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Comments from College Students

Students walking on a college campus.College students majoring in a science associated with the environment or natural resources have a stake in the future. When talking to Kelsey Bohling, a senior in agricultural engineering at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL), you quickly learn that she has a strong understanding of what needs to get done and what is not getting done. According to Bohling, “Ignorance of soils is the biggest threat to the environment.” “There doesn’t seem to be a balance between rural and urban commitment, and the soil is suffering,” she added. “Recently, I did an internship working as a manufacturing engineer. And I was surprised how little thought they give soil. Just understanding how soil acts as a filter would help the manufacturing community in their work.”

Another UNL senior, Riley Hackbart, a soil science major said, “I fell in love with soil science after I took an introductory course … I just knew it was for me.” When asked what he thought was the biggest threat to soil, he echoed Bohling with a similar response, “Indifference.” But when asked what was in the future for soil, Riley was more optimistic and certainly futuristic. He simply said, “Drones—they are going to be a big part of soil science and the work in the field.”

(Link: The State and Future of U.S. Soils)