College of Agriculture

Multi-Day Event in Chico will Focus on Soils, Students and Community

Announced on: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Students gather around soil color analysis tool consisting of assorted soil colors printed on a white background. CSU, Chico is joining with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Professional Soil Scientists Association of California (PSSAC) to host a special soil event in Chico from March 1 through March 3 for anyone interested in soils or learning how to use soil survey information.

The soil science community is invited to come together to talk about upcoming projects, shared goals and the future. This will include an all inclusive partners and cooperators meeting, a healthy dose of exploring soils and land use in the field, and networking among university students and professionals. Attendees may attend any or all events.

The event will begin with a National Cooperative Soil Survey State Cooperators meeting on Thursday, March 1, on the CSU, Chico campus in Colusa Hall 100A, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics will include contemporary use of NRCS soil survey information, current and developing university soil science related projects, UC Davis student soil research projects and NRCS natural resource inventory products. No registration is needed for this meeting.

On Friday, March 2, PSSAC will host their annual meeting and a field tour, co-hosted by CSU, Chico and professional soil scientists, where attendees can explore the soils and geology at the Cascade – Sierra Interface and Cherokee Strip (placer mine deposits extending in the Northern Sacramento Valley) in Butte County. There will be a group dinner and speakers to follow that evening. Advance registration is required.

The event wraps up on Saturday, March 3, with the Region 6 Collegiate Soil and Land Judging Contest at Butte College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meeting participants will help facilitate the event and mentor the students with a morning competition and afternoon soil viewing and discussion.  

For more information, please contact Tony Rolfes at or (530) 792-5656 or Garrett Liles at