NB_430_19_2 - NB 430-19-2 SOI – 2019 National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Annual Conference
NB 430-19-2 SOI – 2019 National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Annual Conference
National Bulletin: 430-19-2 Date: December 18, 2018
Subject: SOI – 2019 National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Annual Conference

Action Requested By: January 23, 2019
Purpose.  To inform soil scientists, ecological site specialists, and other interested technical specialists of the 2019 National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) national conference to be held on June 10–13 in Narragansett, RI.    
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2019
Background.  The biannual NCSS national conference will be held in Narragansett, RI, from Monday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 13 at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute’s Narragansett Bay Campus.

The purpose of the biannual NCSS national conference is to bring together representatives of the NCSS of all the regions to discuss and develop solutions to issues of national concern. The theme of this year’s conference is “Charting the Future of Soil and Ecological Sciences.” Following that theme, attendees can look forward to sessions on emerging fronts of soil and ecological science such as aquaculture, coastal zone soil survey, and urban soils. This conference is intended to bring a diverse group scientists and technical staff from Federal and State agencies, universities, and private entities together. Through the collective action at this conference, the public and the scientific disciplines can see new areas of inquiry recognized, synthesized scientific procedures, and new findings summarized and shared with all.

Agendas, registration, and committee contacts and descriptions will be available as information is provided at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/soils/survey/partnership/ncss/?cid=nrcseprd1431071
Explanation.  To attend the NCSS national conference, the employee must be participating in one or more of the following:

– Presenting a paper, poster, or part of a session
– Moderating a technical session
– An active member of a technical committee that will meet at the national conference
– Maintaining credits for professional development or continuing education credits

States, soil survey regions, and centers should complete the attached “NCSS Conference Calculation Worksheet” (attachment A). Return the attachment to John Andreoni at john.andreoni@usda.gov by close of business on January 23, 2019. Please include NCSS Conference in the subject line. The Soil and Plant Science Division will submit one meeting approval through the Conference Transparency Account and Tracking (CTAT) system. Each administrative office will need to prepare travel authorizations and cover related travel costs.   
Contact.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact John Andreoni, Management Analyst, Soil and Plant Science Division, at (202) 619-8545 or by email at john.andreoni@usda.gov.


Acting Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment

Attachment A – NCSS Conference Calculation Worksheet
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