What Does it Take to Be a Soil Scientist? Certifications in the US and NC

While you may be pursuing a master’s degree or an undergraduate certificate in soil science, a national or state certification in soil science solidifies your expertise in the field. So how does one obtain official certifications in the United States or North Carolina specifically? In this month’s Soil Science Online Blog, we take you through the process and show you what a certification can do for you and your career as a soil scientist.


Read more at: https://online.soil.ncsu.edu/2017/04/soil-scientist-certifications/

2017 Willie Woltz Seminar

Dr. Jerry Hatfield

Laboratory Director
USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment
Ames, Iowa

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – 3:00 PM – 2405 Williams Hall
Impacts of Climate on Agriculture
Understanding the linkages between the environment and plant growth and
productivity provides the basis for building a climate smart agricultural system.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 3:40 PM – 2215 Williams Hall
Challenges for Agriculture to Address Production and Environment Goals
Agriculture faces two major challenges: continuing the increase production to meet
future demands for food, feed, and fiber; and reduce the environmental impacts.



Growing the Future

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is pleased to announce our new department strategic plan, “Growing the Future

Our plan has five strategic directions addressing priority areas in teaching, research and extension.  In addition, you will find our vision and mission statements along with Core Values that we embrace in this department. This plan will guide our department and provide a framework for investing department resources.

We look forward to “Growing the Future”

Download a copy here

A. Douglas Worsham Weed Science Lecture Series – February 23, 2017



Modeling Indaziflam Behavior and Performance: Implications for All Herbicides


Dr. Michael R. Schwarz
R&D Fellow, Agronomic Development
Crop Science Division
Bayer CropScience LP


February 23, 2017
Refreshments at 2:30 pm
Seminar at 3:00 pm
2405 Williams Hall


Michael Schwarz received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin.  He has since held positions as an Extension Associate and Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology at Cornell University, and various positions within Bayer CropScience such as Director of Seed Treatment Product Development, Group Leader for Fungicide Early Development, and Field Development Representative in the Northeastern United States.  Dr. Schwarz currently holds positions of R&D Fellow, Agronomic Development, at Bayer CropScience with primary responsibilities for developing and implementing integrated crop protection solutions for horticultural crops, and Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Schwarz has been recognized as an innovative leader in the development and implementation of short- to long-term strategic initiatives for seed treatment, soil-insecticide, fungicide, herbicide, nematicide, biological control, and transgenic solutions.


The series is named in honor of Dr. Douglas Worsham.  Dr. Worsham had a distinguished career in weed science at North Carolina State University for many years.  He had a positive influence on many students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Worsham also served many groups in North Carolina as well as groups at national and international levels through his generosity in sharing his knowledge and expertise in weed science.  Dr. Worsham has long been considered a unifying figure among weed scientists at North Carolina State University.

Farm to Feast Dinner at the NC State Agroecology Education Farm.


2016 CALS Alumni Award winners

The 2016 CALS Alumni Award winners from Crop and Soil Sciences have been announced.

The recipients are Dr. Stanley Culpepper and Shawn Troxler.

Outstanding Alumni Award- Dr. Stanley Culpepper- B.S. in Agronomy (1993); MS (1996) and PhD (1999) programs in weed science at NCSU working with Dr. Alan York. Dr. Culpepper is the Extension Weed Science Specialist in the Crop and Soil Science Department at the University of Georgia.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award- Shawn Troxler- MS in Crop Science (2002) working with Dr. David Smith and Dr. John Wilcut; Juris Doctorate from UNC School of Law (2005). Mr. Troxler is the Assistant General Counsel at NC State University.

Both award winners will be recognized at a reception on Friday, November 18

Agroecology Education Farm ‘Open House’ on Friday, Sept 16 – 3:30 – 5:30

12971078_697231963713713_2931705674774030045_oAgroecology Education Farm ‘Open House’ on Friday, Sept 16 3:30-5:30.

Where: Agroecology Education Farm, 4400 Mid Pines Rd, at the Lake Wheeler Field Station
(*we are on google maps).
You can drive in a park before the hoop house.
All are invited to join us for a mixer at the Agroecology Education Farm to kick off the new semester.
For faculty and staff, come out for the first time to see how you can use this facility for your classes or revisit us and let us know how we can improve things.
Students come out and meet other agroecology undergraduates and graduate students with similar interests.
Come out and see the new hoop house and what’s happening on the farm!
Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
NC State Agroecology Education Farm  website:

Seminar – Dr. Rex Liebl of BASF Corporation

Arch Douglas Worsham Weed Science Lecture Series

September 1, 2016
Witherspoon Student Center
Washington Sankofa Room
Refreshments at 3:00 pm, Seminar at 3:30 pm

The Challenge of Herbicide Resistance: Possibilities for New Target Sites for Herbicides

Dr. Rex Liebl of BASF Corporation


The series is designed to be an annual event that includes three to five lectures from a broad spectrum of weed scientists. It is named after Dr. Doug Worsham who had a distinguished career at NC State, making contributions in witchweed management, no-tillage systems and other important aspects of sustainable weed management.