Workshops on Soil Quality Assessment and Application for Field Staff

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2002: $27,590.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Federal Funds: $34,702.00
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $28,745.07
Region: Western
State: Idaho
Principal Investigator:
Paula Jones
USDA-NRCS, Three Rivers RC&D Council, Inc.

Annual Reports


Not commodity specific


  • Soil Management: nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil quality/health

    Project objectives:

    Provide a training opportunity for NRCS and Cooperative Extension field personnel on soil quality. Participants will be able to recognize soil quality concerns, communicate those concerns to land managers and users and provide alternatives to remedy those concerns in a manner that is sustainable to the land manager and user while meeting all requirements of the agencies.

    Provide participants with the ability to 1).define soil quality, 2)explain the difference between inherent and management induced soil quality, recognize and use soil quality indicators and relate the importance of organic matter to soil quality, 3)describe documentation and measurement techniques, 4)make an assessment and an appropriate level of interpretation of soil quality measurements and observations,
    5)prescribe practices that enhance soil quality on all land uses, identify tillage implements and their effects on soil quality and
    6)discuss soil quality outreach with our customers and make soil quality information available to education and professional organizations.

    Establish the basis for involvement in soil quality concerns with land manger/user by providing training to them on farm.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.