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2020 North Central Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Workshop

ALERT! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NCSS North Central Regional Meeting has been postponed to August 11-13. The conference will be a hybrid virtual and in-person meeting. Those wishing to attend online may do so while those wishing to attend in-person may do so as well. Social distancing protocols will be followed. An updated agenda with instructions for in-person registration and meeting facilities is being developed.

August 11-13, 2020
Bond Life Science Center, University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

“Measuring Soil Ecosystem Responses in a Changing Climate”

Hosted by the University of Missouri and the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Missouri, along with the US-Forest Service, and Agricultural Research Service. The North Central Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Workshop starts at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, August 11, and concludes at 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 13.

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. The North Central NCSS States include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The North-Central NCSS conference provides a venue for these states to discuss technical issues and to provide a means of deciding and communicating the goals of the Soil Survey Program of this region. The conference will function as a clearinghouse for recommendations and proposals received from individual members and State conferences for transmittal to the National Cooperative Soil Survey Conference (NCSSC) as well as venue for communicating recommendations from the national conference and other regional conferences.

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Link to online registration: pending until coronavirus situation stabilizes

  • General Registration: $150
  • Student Registration: $75
  • Payments will be accepted via [pending until coronavirus situation stabilizes]

Questions? Please contact Patricia (PQ) Quackenbush at


  • Committee Co-Chairs
  • Standing Committees
    — Standards
    — Taxonomy
    — New Technology
    — Interpretations
    — Soil Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Ad-hoc Committees
    — Hydric Soils and Wetlands
    — Bylaws


  • Wednesday, August 12
    Soil physical and chemical properties have long been the focus of pedological investigations. However, there is growing interest in also assessing soil biological properties, particularly phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) that indicate the amount of microbial biomass and the proportions of microbial types in the soil including mycorrhizal fungi, gram positive fungi, gram negative fungi, actinobacteria, and saprophytic fungi. These biological properties are inherently pedological and they provide insight into important soil processes that are sensitive to changes in other soil properties, climate, and land use. This field trip features soil physical, chemical, and biological properties and how they vary by slope position, aspect, parent materials, and land use history in forest and agricultural landscapes. More details ...


Participants in the 2020 North Central Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference are invited to submit a poster for the conference.

Please submit an abstract for the program to Sam Indorante via email at by August 1st with the email subject title “Abstract 2020 North Central Regional”. The abstract should include the title, author(s) and a 300 (or less) word description. Posters need to fit within a 4 ft x 4 ft area. Poster sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday in the late afternoon. Poster entries are limited to the first 20 respondents.


A block of rooms commensurate with the size of the conference will be held at Stoney Creek Inn at GSA rates. Stony Creek Inn is within walking distance to the conference. However, vans will also be made available to take participants to the conference from Stony Creek Inn and the alternative hotels listed below. Visitor parking will also be an option.

  • Stony Creek Inn
    2601 S. Providence Road
    Columbia, MO  65203
    Main: 573-442-6400
    Reservations: 800-659-2220

Other hotels in the same area:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia at the University of Missouri
    1225 Fellow’s Place Blvd.
    Columbia, MO 65201
  • The Broadway Columbia – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  • 1111 E. Broadway
    Columbia, MO 65201
  • The Tiger Hotel
    23 S. 8th St.
    Columbia, MO 65201


Columbia does have a regional airport (COU) that utilizes American Airlines and United Airlines. American Airlines has flights that fly in from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth. United Airlines has flights that fly in from Chicago and Denver. COU airport is about 12 miles from MU campus and about 12 miles from Stoney Creek Inn.

We are also a few hours away from St. Louis (STL) and from Kansas City (MCI) should you choose to fly in to one of those airports. There is a shuttle service, Mo-X (, which runs between Columbia and St. Louis or Columbia and Kansas City. Please visit Mo-X for more information on their shuttle policies and the services they offer..


If flying into Kansas City, take I-70 east to Columbia. If flying into St. Louis, take I-70 west to Columbia. If traveling from the north, take highway 124. If traveling to Columbia from the south, take highway 63.


Patricia (PQ) Quackenbush, M.S.
Instructor, Soil Science and Natural Resources
Ph.D. Student, Soil Science
School of Natural Resources
University of Missouri
302 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Center
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-3581

Jorge L. Lugo-Camacho, M.S.
State Soil Scientist, Missouri
Parkade Center, Suite 250
601 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: 573-876-9409