The video above documents the types of activities found in soils and farm crop courses at Iowa State University. Check out another of our YouTube videos on soils: “Grass Roots in the Soil” Part One and Part Two.
2015 is the International Year of Soils and World Soil Day will be celebrated on December 5th. The goal is to raise awareness about the “importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing.” (International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), 2002) In 2013, the UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December World Soil Day (A/RES/67/206). This year’s theme is “Soils a solid ground for life.”
Special Collections and University Archives holds the papers of several soil scientists and soil conservation societies. Here are some examples:
Albert A. Klingebiel Papers (RS 21/7/80)
Hugh Hammond Bennet Papers (MS 164)(pdf link)
Soil Science Society of America Records (MS 567)
Iowa Soils Conservation Districts Records (MS 264)
Wallis R. Tonsfeldt Papers (MS 558)
Find more collections by searching our holdings at the search box on our home page.
Learn more about World Soil Day at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations campaign site.