See email below about soil quality kits for educators! Hope y’all can use this!
"Helping People Help the Land" and "Helping People Understand Soil"
Resource Soil Scientist
Tift Co. Ag Service Center
1468 Carpenter Rd. S.
Tifton, GA 31793
Supporting a joint soils education project between NRCS and various Nebraska partners, Mike Kucera, Agronomist at the Soil Quality and Ecosystems Branch at the National Soil Survey Center, working with several states, NHQ, and NTSCs has released "Soil Quality Kit - Guides for Educators” including: soil quality sampling, bulk density, organic matter, respiration, soil electrical conductivity, pH, soil nitrogen, soil phosphorus, and infiltration. Each guide includes an introduction to the soil property, discussion of the inherent and management factors influencing it, and explanation of the property's relationship to soil function. The educator's guides also include detailed information on steps and methods used to measure the soil property and interpretations of the test results. Helpful to educators, the guides double as lesson plans with questions so students can apply what they have learned.
The guides for educator’s are complementary to a new soil quality test kit concept known as the "Soil Quality Test Bucket." The bucket is starting to receive attention not only from educators, but also from NRCS offices and others interested in assembling a compact version of a soil quality test kit at economical prices. The bucket kit contains a wearable vest that can be used for easy transport of test supplies in the field. The contents of the bucket kit can be customized based on local needs.
Visit Soil Quality for Educators to download the Soil Quality Kit - Guides for Educators, a Soil Quality Test Bucket supply order form, and a sample agenda upon which training can be customized to meet local needs. You can also visit http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/sq_educators.html to learn more about the soil quality education project.
Norm Widman, National Agronomist, and
Mike Kucera, Agronomist—National Soil Survey Center