Friday Features - Aug. 22, 2014
Members of winning U.S. soils judging team attend USDA awards ceremony
After placing first in the inaugural International Soil Judging Contest in June, representatives from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville were invited to Washington, D.C., on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The first-place U.S. team included Kyle Weber, a 2014 graduate of UW-Platteville, and was coached by Dr. Chris Baxter, professor of soil and crop science at UW-Platteville. Weber and Baxter traveled to Washington, D.C., Aug. 18-20. While visiting the NRCS headquarters, they met with USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack, who congratulated them on their contributions to the field of soil science.
“It was a great honor to travel to meet with Secretary Vilsack and officials within the NRCS, and to receive a personal tour of the headquarters,” said Baxter. “Kyle and the rest of the U.S. international team are outstanding ambassadors for soil science and for their respective universities. We are all grateful for the effort put forth by the NRCS to make the visit possible.”
The inaugural International Soil Judging Contest was held on Jeju Island, South Korea. See the previously released article for more information about the team’s performance and experience in the competition.