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2020 Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

May 19-21, 2020
Virtual Conference

Headquartered at the Don Tyson Center for Agriculture Sciences
Fayetteville, Arkansas

“Soil Survey for Soil Health and Water Quality: Applications in the Natural State”

Hosted by the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arkansas, along with Arkansas Partners in Conservation and Soil Survey. The Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference starts at 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday, May 19th, and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, May 21st. Due to travel restrictions and personal health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be virtual with links provided through registration.

The National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) is a nationwide partnership whose purpose is to investigate, inventory, document, classify, interpret, and disseminate information about soil and ecological resources of the U.S. In the southern U.S., areas of greatest resource concern - and the areas for greatest potential impact of the NCSS - involve coastal zone soils, urban soils, and ecological sites. These areas of critical need, along with the digital soil mapping tools that allow NCSS partners to effectively and efficiently deliver soil and ecological site knowledge to the user community, provide the principles that will guide discussion and planning for NCSS partners at the 2020 Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference.

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Link to virtual registration:

Questions? Please contact Kris Brye (; 479-575-5742).



Participants in the 2020 Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference are invited to submit a poster for the workshop.

Please submit an abstract for the program to Dr. Kristofor Brye via email at with the subject “Abstract 2020 Southern Regional”. The abstract should include the title, author(s) and a 300 (or less) word description of the information to be presented by April 30th. Posters will be added to the conference website and need to adhere to a normal fit within a 4 ft. x 4 ft. area in a PDF format. A lightning session (5 min/poster) will be held on Tuesday afternoon to provide a brief introduction for the poster. Poster entries are limited to the first 20 respondents.

Abstract Author(s)
“Potential of small holder farmers agricultural practices in enhancing soil organic carbon stock and other selected soil physico properties at Akaki District, Ethiopia” (PDF; 123 KB) Adisu Wakayo
“Scaling dynamic soil properties with the land resource hierarchy in the Southern Coastal Plain” (PDF; 68 KB) Rajneesh Sharma and Matt Levi
“An improved Newhall simulation for modeling soil moisture and temperature regimes” (PDF; 82 KB) Matt Levi and Grant Snitker
“Determining landscape characteristics to separate hydric components of floodplain soil map units for improved land use planning” (PDF; 52 KB) Shannon Bradley and Matthew Ricker
“Coastal zone soil research in North Carolina: Blue carbon and septic system vulnerability to saltwater intrusion” (PDF; 85 KB) Matthew Ricker et al.
“Enrichment of ecological site descriptions for eastern and western Tennessee through physical, chemical, and biological characterization of critical Dewey and Feliciana soils under varying management regimes” (PDF; 63 KB) Shannon Newell et al.
“National Soil Survey Center Research Branch – Vision for the future” (PDF; 112 KB) Skye Wills



Kristofor (Kris) R. Brye, Ph.D.
Professor of Applied Soil Physics and Pedology
Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
PTSC 0115
Fayetteville, AR  72701
Phone: 479-575-5742

Edgar Mersiovsky
State Soil Scientist
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-301-3163