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2008 North Central Regional Work Planning Conference

Manhattan, Kansas

June 23-26, 2008

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with Kansas State University (KSU) hosted the 2008 North Central Regional Work Planning Conference from June 23-26, 2008, at the KSU Student Union in Manhattan, Kansas.

This conference is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) in working with the universities of the region and the USDA-NRCS. The conference featured speakers from universities and agencies in Kansas that have worked with the NRCS on special projects involving such topics as nitrate movement in the soil near the Dodge City water well field.

There were multiple breakout sessions for Taxonomy, New Research, Research Needs, and Interpretations committees. These sessions allowed all participants to be involved in the committee of their choice.

A tour on Wednesday included a drive through the beautiful Konza Prairie in the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas. The Konza Prairie is native grassland owned by The Nature Conservancy. During this tour, the group also looked at soil pits on a nearby ranch that are similar to the soils of the Konza Prairie.