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The IYS has infiltrated YouTube!

Check out this animated video produced by the Global Soil Partnership promoting the creation of a UN World Soil Day and the adoption of 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The animation outlines the importance and benefits of soils and the hazards currently facing them.

A word from the Soil Science Society of America

Soil scientists have a once in-a-lifetime opportunity ahead.  FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) has designated 2015 as The International Year of Soils. Our goal will be to elevate soil science in the public’s consciousness – higher than it has ever been!

Get involved and submit your ideas – Global Soil Week

The International Year of Soils 2015 (IYS) will serve as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and ultimately allow for a better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations.

The Global Soil Partnership of the FAO declares 2015 the International Year of Soils!

On 24 April 2013 at the 146 FAO Council, FAO member Countries endorsed the request from the Kingdom of Thailand in the framework of the Global Soil Partnership for the proclamation of the International Year of Soils 2015. The IYS will serve as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management […]

Killam Graduate Student Award

Killam Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to Bryanna Thiel, MSc student, Soil Science, on receiving the 2013/14 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Bill 24 – Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act: Undermining BC’s food security

Bill 24 – Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act: Undermining BC’s food security

Following hot on the heels of the controversial Park Amendment Act (Bill 4), the BC government has introduced another bill that would open up some of the province’s most publicly valuable lands – in this case, its farmlands – to industrial development.

Soil Science experts concerned over proposed Bill 24 changes to the ALR

Soil Science experts concerned over proposed Bill 24 changes to the ALR

April 8, 2014 News Release In an Open Letter to the Premier, a group of experienced soil science professionals has expressed concern regarding the scientific basis and justification for proposed changes to the provincial Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and the provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). Under Bill 24, which was recently introduced in the Legislature, […]

Coalition of experts condemns Bill 24 changes to Agricultural Land Reserve in letter to premier

Coalition of experts condemns Bill 24 changes to Agricultural Land Reserve in letter to premier

Bill 24 will turn back the clock on farmland protection and put at risk the vast majority of higher-class land in B.C., 13 soil experts warn Tuesday in a letter to Premier Christy Clark. The group has “serious concerns over the substantial change in direction embodied in Bill 24,” which would “restore the situation province-wide […]

Press Release: Losing Ground on the ALR

Press Release: Losing Ground on the ALR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, B.C. –Concerns about the future of the Agricultural Land Reserve in BC were highlighted at a March 29th workshop hosted by the Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science (PRSSS), a non-profit organization for professionals and students in the field of soil science and land resource management. Themed on the intergenerational transfer […]

2015 – The International Year of Soils

2015 – The International Year of Soils

The Global Soil Partnership of the FAO declares 2015 the International Year of Soils. We’ll keep you updated about related news and events.