Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists


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Virginia Tech Hosted the 2019 SE Region Collegiate Soil Judging Contest

The Virginia Tech team was not officially allowed to compete in the contest but the students went through the same practice and contest as the other schools and their score was higher than any other team.

The Virginia Tech soil judging team has once again qualified for the national championship contest in April 2020 hosted by Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio   ....More details and photos 

VA Tech International Soil Judging Champions!


Order 1 Soil Surveys

October 21, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Zoom Conference

6 CEUs for entire program

Registration Fee - $35

Tentative Program Agenda

8:30-8:45 Welcome, Schedule, Merit and Zoom Overview

8:45-9:50 Introduction to Order 1 Soil Surveys - Use and BenefitsDave Harper, NRCS

9:50-10:00 Break

10:00–11:20 Making an Order 1 Soil Survey
                        John Galbraith, Virginia Tech
                        Mark Stolt, University of Rhode Island
                        Eric Severson, NC State University

10:20-11:30 Break

11:30- 12:15 Studies for Industry,  Speaker TBA

12:15 -1:00 Lunch Break

1:00-1:10  Welcome, Schedule, Merit and Zoom Overview

1:10-1:50 Examples of Soil Failures That May be AvoidedNan Gray, Soil Works Inc

1:50-2:00 Break

2:00-2:50 Ecological Studies (Bog Turtles) aMichael Holden, Virginia Tech

2:50-3 Break

3:00-4:00 Order 1 Survey Example(field portion pre-recorded in Floyd County)
          (VT: John Galbraith, Lee Daniels, Phillip Brown, Alexandra Schmidt, Chuck Nelson)

4:00 Q&A, Annual Meeting

Schedule times, topics, speakers subject to change.


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

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in the Commonwealth of Virginia 
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