Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists


Welcome to the

Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists


Congratulations to the Virginia Tech Hokie Soil Judging Team and
Dr. John Galbraith!

National and International Champions!
(click links for details)

VA Tech International Soil Judging Champions!


“Cannabis, Hops, and Soils –
What You Didn’t Know
You Needed to Know”

October 17-18, 2019


Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond-Chester
12810 Old Stage Road, Chester, Virginia, 23836, 
call the hotel directly to book rooms
 new group - code is VP1
the following room types are available (9/27/19)

15 King Suite Studio - $119 per night
10 King One Bedroom - $129 per night
5 One Bedroom Doubles - $129 per night

6 CEUs for Thursday | 4 CEUs for Friday | 10 for entire program

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE, SPEAKERS & TOPICS (more topics and details to follow)

Thursday, October 17

8:00 - 8:30 am Registration

8:30 am–Noon “Classroom” Presentations

(Lunch will be provided)

1:30-5:00 pm - Field Trip to Shirley Plantation

4:30 - 5:30 pm - VAPSS Business Meeting at Homewood Suites Hotel

6-7:00 pm - Craft Beer Tasting

7-8:00 pm - Dinner Meeting

8:00 pm – Soil Judging Contest

Friday, October 18

8:30 am– Noon - “Classroom” Presentations
(Lunch will be provided
1:30 - 4:30 pm Field Trip - TBA

FEATURED SPEAKERS (some confirmations pending)

  • XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument” morning and demonstration on dredge spoil soil in afternoon at Shirley Plantation
  • John Fike, “Soils and Hemp Production”, Interactive Video presentation from Virginia Tech
  • Laura Siegle, “Soils and Hop Production in Virginia”, Virginia Tech Extension – Amelia County FRIDAY
  • Eric Day, “Tick and Insect Issues in the Field & Working in the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area”, Manager, VA Tech Insect ID Lab
  • Matt Tolley, “Hops Production and Use in the Real World of Craft Brewing”, Brew Master, Soils & Craft Beer Brewer
  • Dave Harper, “NCRS and Soils Updates” NCRS
  • Dr. Lee Daniels, Field Trip to Shirley Plantation (dredge soil management including conversion of both fresh- and saltwater dredge materials to ag production, acid-forming materials site – acid sulfate soil, tidal-created freshwater forested wetland, pits in dredge and natural soil areas)
  • Charles Carter, Field Trip to Shirley Plantation, Pecan grove operation with auger holes
  • Randy Green “Growing and the Business Side of Hops Production”, Old Dominion Hops Cooperative FRIDAY
  • Dr. Rutto, Virginia State University Hempyard and Hopsyard FRIDAY

Make your hotel reservations online at:

Rooms: $119 

Group Name: VAPSS
Group Code: VAP
Check-in: 16-OCT-2019
Check-out: 17-OCT-2019

Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond-Chester
12810 Old Stage Road
Chester, Virginia 23836

  Click here for Pre-Registration Form

Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientist 
2019 Strategic Plan

Reframed Objectives for Consideration and Strategic Work:

With consideration to the issues and goals identified in 2005 and the pursuant discussion of the 2019 strategic planning retreat, the facilitator suggested that there are three overarching objectives to consider at this time that warrant exploration and focus moving forward.  After securing agreement of the members present, these were listed as:

  1. Increase membership and enhance service/outreach
  2. Enhance effectiveness of VAPSS leadership and engagement/accountability with the board
  3. Scope/function of education and marketing entities

Attendees were divided into work groups and given planning worksheets to complete for these three objective areas to develop goal setting and related action items.  Summaries of this work can be found in a separate pdf file.

Copies of these summaries were also provided to Nan Gray and Jeff Miller for archiving and continued work with VAPSS members as they work to implement what has been identified as actionable.

It is recommended that VAPSS work internally to develop a targeted plan of work to accomplish their goals and think about their leadership (and sustainability plan), diversifying membership, partnering with other professional organizations, further identifying goals for offering educational resources, and proactively working to endorse the role of their profession with formal educational and legislative bodies.

Facilitator: Megan M. Seibel, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech

April 28, 2019

Click Here for a complete copy of the Plan 

Comments or suggestions, contact

Nan Gray, VAPSS President

Dedicated to Wise Land Resources Use & Management
in the Commonwealth of Virginia 
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