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SOILx – an award winning web project!

SOILx – an award winning web project!

  SOILx is an innovative and comprehensive online database that provides useful information on a variety of soil sites. It was developed by a team of soil scientists and soil enthusiasts, some of whom are PRSSS members! As of now the sites are mainly in B.C. but the database is growing and you can help […]

The BC Provincial Soil Initiative

The BC Provincial Soil Initiative

In order to celebrate the International Year of Soils, the PRSSS has launched a campaign to elect a soil series to be British Columbia’s provincial soil. So far in Canada only three provinces have a provincial soil. Let’s be the fourth!

The BC Provincial Soil Initiative

The BC Provincial Soil Initiative

What do the Holmesville, the Charlottetown and the Newdale soil series have in common ? They are all official provincial symbols of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba, respectively. These are some of the province’s official emblems, just like the western redcedar is BC’s provincial tree. In order to celebrate the international year of soils, the […]

Bill 24 passed – a sad day for the ALR and agriculture in BC

Bill 24 passed – a sad day for the ALR and agriculture in BC

Despite all efforts and opposition, the proposed Bill 24 was passed on May 29th, 2014.

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.