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NRCS Announces $1.9 Million Investment in Universities for Collaborative: UT-Knoxville Selected

Soil Science

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Katherine K. Burse, State Public Affairs Officer
PH: 615-277-2533

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NASHVILLE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced $1.9 million in funding for 15 Soil Science Collaborative Research projects focused on soil science and soil survey research, including one project at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The information gained from the collaborative research will advance NRCS’ ability to provide scientifically-based soil and ecosystem information to help address important natural resource issues facing our nation.

“NRCS is investing in universities across the country to leverage their scientific knowledge and expertise to support our conservation mission,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “By engaging a diverse group of scholars through research, we can identify innovative solutions and technological advancements that will increase our contributions to both science and society.”

Now in its 12th year, the current Soil Science Collaborative Research projects were selected from among 32 applications. Projects were selected based on nationally identified needs in communities and landscapes.

Through this research program, the University of Tennessee – Knoxville will partner with NRCS Soil Survey staff to quantify dynamic soil properties in key ecological sites across the state of Tennessee. The purpose is to measure how the soil chemical, physical, and biological properties that control soil organic carbon stocks vary in relation to soil taxonomy and ecosystem state.

NRCS will also fund research projects at Alcorn State University, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Colorado State University, Kansas State University, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, University of Arizona, University of California, University of Massachusetts, University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, University of Wyoming (two projects), and Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

A detailed description of the projects is available online.

The information accumulated from these annual projects has helped NRCS develop integrated technical tools and information to assist planners and land managers in predicting and assessing soil health, ecosystem and landscape sustainability and the implementation of sustainable management systems.

“NRCS is a world leader in soil research,” said Dave Hoover, director of the NRCS National Soil Survey Center. “This prioritized investment in science-based tools will develop innovative data sharing and information delivery tools and products to reach multiple stakeholders around the world from underserved audiences to the most technically advanced.”

NRCS accepts proposals once a year. Interested researchers can learn more on the Soils Research Page.

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