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.



How to Be Successful in Online Education

Soil Science Online: How to Be Successful in Online Education

The thought of online and distance education is intriguing to some and intimidating to others. On one hand, who wouldn’t want to go to school in the comfort of their own home? On the other hand, without a strict schedule and distractions abound, is it really possible to learn something?

In this month’s Soil Science Online Blog, we’ll tackle these questions and offer advice on how to be successful in your online education at NC State. Who knows? Maybe distance learning could be a great solution to your educational goals.

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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

Graduate Research Assistant Announcement

The Crop and Soil Science Department at NC State University is seeking a highly motivated student to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on herbicide persistence and risks to subsequent rotational crops. Research may involve laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments characterizing herbicide persistence, bioavailability and physiological effect(s) on subsequent crops. The student is expected to present results at professional meetings and publish findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to agriculture through research, an excellent work ethic, ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, ability to conduct independent research, and proficiency in the English language (written and oral).

Requirements: the candidate should have weed science, agronomy, ecology, plant science, horticulture or other agriculture related experience.  The assistantship is contingent upon acceptance by the Graduate School and Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (https://cropsoil.ncsu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/crop-science-graduate-programs/).  The successful candidate should begin summer or fall 2017 and will be required to travel in-state to complete research objectives (valid drivers license is required).


Compensation: Commensurate with experience. A research assistantship including tuition and graduate student support will be offered.


Additional information: Please contact Dr. Travis Gannon (travis_gannon@ncsu.edu), Dr. Anna Locke (anna_locke@ncsu.edu), or Dr. Wes Everman (Wesley_everman@ncsu.edu)

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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.