2020 Spring Workshop in Collaboration with the Fraser Valley Branch of the BCIA: Soils in the Field

Saturday March 7, 2020, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford

Thank you for attending our 2020 Spring Workshop and AGM! This workshop featured expert soil scientists from many disciplines discussing key issues related to soil science education and practice.

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The cost was $25 for students and $70 for non-students. The price included registration, lunch, refreshments, and PRSSS annual membership for 2020/2021. The 2020/2021 membership registration cycle lasts from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Registration closed on Monday March 2, 2020.

Student Poster Competition

The PRSSS in collaboration with the BCIA hosted its annual Student Poster Competition with cash prizes. The competition was open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Posters were be hung in the morning and available for viewing during the lunch break.

Event Location

Rooms B101, B132, and B140, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbostford

Campus Map, Building B Floor Plan

Event Schedule

8:00am – 9:00am Registration and Morning Coffee
9:00am – 9:10am Welcome and Introduction
9:10am – 10:00am Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maja Krzic
10:00am – 10:30am Speaker: BC Institute of Agrologists
10:30am – 11:00am Refreshment Break
11:00am – 11:30am Panel Introduction: Emerging Trends in Soil Science Education and Practice
11:30am – 12:30pm Panel Question Period
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch and Poster Competition
1:30pm – 3:30pm Concurrent Workshops – Details Below
3:30pm – 4:00pm PRSSS AGM, Awards and Closing Remarks
4:15pm – 6:30pm Reception / Social Event

Panel Speakers

  • Lesley Dampier, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC
  • Justin Straker, Integral Ecology Group
  • Dieter Geesing, Provincial Soil Specialist

Concurrent Workshops

  • Classroom Best Practices for Effective Agricultural Extension (Dr. Renee Prasad)
    Description: In 2020, the university classroom may be unrecognizable to anyone who has not been an undergraduate for five or more years.  Best practices that put the focus on learning rather than instructing are valuable tools that can also help to improve Agricultural Extension outcomes. This workshop is best suited for Agrologists who spend time presenting to and working with growers, especially in large group settings, e.g. Pacific Agriculture Show. Maximum 20 participants.
  • Describing Soils in the Field (Kent Watson) and Soil Texturing Competition

PRSSS Elections

At the brief afternoon PRSSS AGM new executives for the PRSSS committee were elected. If you want to become more involved, please get in touch directly at prsssemail@gmail.com.

We are especially looking to fill the following roles:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Website and Social Media Coordinators (2)
  • Newsletter Coordinator

PRSSS Merchandise

PRSSS merchandise including our new custom soil-themed playing cards, stickers, t-shirts were available for purchase.