Thursday, September 4, 2014

UMN Soil Judging 2014: A Prelude

2014 UMN Soil Judging Logo
Fall is in the air and the tiling spades, augers, Munsell books and backhoes are out! Our team blog will be back up and running through the end of the Regional competition, so check back early and often.

The 2014 Region V Soil Judging Competition will be held from September 28th - October 3rd in Ames, Iowa (hosted by Iowa State University). We have a strong Minnesota formation this year and the team is pleased to announce that our visiting assistant coach will be Ms. Gladness Brush, hailing from Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Ms. Brush currently works as an extension agent with the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI - Arusha, TZ) and the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program in Lushoto District, TZ and is a graduate of Sokoine University, Morogoro, TZ.

Soil Judging remains the most important experiential opportunity for soils students. The team will gain a tremendous depth of experience in reading landscapes, describing soil profiles, and making use and suitability interpretations. And in a much deeper sense, they will learn to be bridge builders, connecting with people through a shared love of the land and the soil resource that crosses all ethnic, cultural and political boundaries. For this reason, they are world changers, representing the heart and soul of the University of Minnesota and the United States Land Grant mission.


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