UWP hosts national soil quality class

June 19, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted a National United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) soil quality class during the week of May 13 as part of the USDA-National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) National Employee Development Center Program from Fort Worth, Texas.

Instructors from the course were Bob Vobora, NRCS Iowa; Steve Indrick, NRCS New York; and Bobby Brock, NRCS North Carolina. The class included 29 NRCS employees from Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Training included three days of classroom instruction on the UWP campus and a partial day of field instruction at the Pioneer Farm.

The course was designed to train NRCS employees on the use of the soil quality test kit and how to distinguish various features indicating soil quality. Employees received hands-on training regarding taking soil samples and performing laboratory analyses. One of the instructors commented that the Pioneer Farm was the nicest facility he had ever taught at. UWP and Pioneer Farm plan to host additional classes for USDA-NRCS and other groups using the new ag tech center and the living and learning center currently under construction at the Pioneer Farm. For more information on reserving the Pioneer Farm facilities, please contact the Pioneer Farm at 608-342-1898 or pioneerfarm@uwplatt.edu.

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