2017 Annual Meeting

The Professional Soil Scientists Association of California is pleased to announce that  we are now accepting registrations for the April 20-22, 2017 Annual Meeting and Field Tour. The meeting will be based out of Lodi, California, and will focus on  a wide variety of Sacramento Delta topics.

Link to Meeting Flyer (pdf)

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We will start the meeting off with a series of talks providing a geographical orientation and historical and background information on the challenges of the Sacramento Delta Region.

Friday afternoon we will visit the USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center (PMC), located on the Mokelumne River, and have a presentation by Dr. Margaret Smither-Kopperl and Ms. Valerie Bullard on PMC operation and cover crops.  Focus will be on the NRCS Soil Health Initiative, and field soil health assessment factors.  Comparisons will be observed between conventional tillage practices and no-till (conservation) tillage and cover crop rotations. The Columbia (Fluvent) soil series will be viewed.

On Earth Day, April 22nd, we will visit Staten Island in the Delta, and talk with The Nature Conservancy managers, Dawit Zeleke and Morgan Johnson, who will discuss the challenges of managing for wildlife habitat in relation to supporting that operation with agriculture, by legal mandate. This entails Sand Hill Crane habitat requirements, crop rotations, managing mineral and organic soils, sub-irrigation methodology, fertility management, herbicide management, levee maintenance and the regulatory balancing act.  Truly fascinating.  Oh, and then there are the Delta issues!   It is a rare opportunity to view the ‘peat dirt’ and the ‘yellow dirt’ (as they call it) side-by-side. We will tour the island and look at the Rindge (Histosol) and Valdez (Fluvent) series.

Thursday Evening: PSSAC Board of Director’s Meeting (6:00-8:00 p.m.)  Richmaid Diner’s Meeting Room, 100 S. Cherokee Lane, Lodi, CA. All are welcome, dinner cost is on-your-own.

Friday Morning: (8:00-1:00) Presentations on Sacramento Delta Topics including a This informative session will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, 1337 E. Kettleman Lane, Lodi, and a continental breakfast and build-your-own burrito lunch will be provided. Presentations include:

Steve Deverel, Ph.D., P.G.,
(HydroFocus, Inc.) “Overview of Processes Affecting Agricultural Sustainability on Subsided Delta Islands and Potential Solutions”
Roy J. Shlemon, Ph.D. (Roy J. Shlemon & Associates) “Pleistocene Channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta”
Kerry Arroues (NRCS, retired) and Phil Smith 
(NRCS MLRA Soil Survey Leader) “Soil Characterization in the Delta”
Dana Munn (General Manager at Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District) “Water Policies/Issues of California”
Yumiko Henneberry, Ph.D. (Senior Environmental Scientist at Delta Stewardship Council) “Mercury Research in the Delta”

Friday Afternoon
: (1:00—5:30) Carpool to USDA Plant Material’s Center at Lockeford. Inspect soils and learn about the function of the Plant Materials Center.

Friday Evening: (5:30-8:30) Catered Annual Dinner at Harmony Wynelands

Saturday [Earth Day] (8:30-4:30) Carpool to Staten Island and spend the day with The Nature Conservancy key leaders including a look at several unique soils, levee management, wildlife habitat management and more. (Breakfast is on-your-own, but box lunches and snacks are included in your registration fee.

Saturday Evening: Those interested are encouraged to convene for dinner at Foster’s Bighorn, a unique and historic restaurant located at 143 Main Street in Rio Vista.

A Guide Book will be included in the registration fee.

Participants may register online using the PayPal icons below, or by mail using the 2017 meeting flyer.

More about the Meeting!

Lodging: A small block of rooms has been reserved at the Lodi Holiday Inn Express at a rate of $129/night. Federal and State employees will receive a government room rate upon showing government ID.  Call 209-210-0150 to reserve your room. Visit their website http://www.hiexpress.com/lodi.ca for additional information.  Reserved room block expires 3/31/17. Participants are also welcome to stay at other nearby hotels.

Included in the $205 Registration Fee: Friday’s Continental Breakfast and Build-Your-Own Burrito lunch, a Catered Dinner at Harmony Wynelands’s event venue, a Box Lunch and Snacks/water on Saturday. Transportation to the various Field Tour Sites will be by carpool. A Field Tour Guide will also be included. There is a discounted early registration fee available through 3/24/17.

If you prefer to register by mail, please mail your registration form, along with a check made payable to “PSSAC” to:
PSSAC 2017 Meeting
P.O. Box 5972
Vacaville, CA 95696

Scholarships Available! Two scholarships, supported by generous contributions from PSSAC’s members, will be available for enrolled earth sciences university students, and will include a discounted meeting fee and two nights’ (single) lodging.  The value of each scholarship is $423.00. The two selected recipients must pay PSSAC a partial meeting registration fee of $40 (by check), and must provide their own transportation to the meeting site, as well as provide for any meals not included in the registration fee. (See details, above.)   Preference will be given to students with a Junior, Senior, or Graduate level academic standing.

To apply for this scholarship opportunity, using your academic email account, send an email to info@pssac.org and provide the following information: 1) Name/address/phone; 2) university name/year of study/major field of study; 3) Describe in one paragraph why you are interested in attending the meeting. Extended Scholarship Application Dates! Please apply no later than March 31, and the selected recipients will be notified by April 7th. Please pass the word about this scholarship opportunity to all earth sciences students.



 Registration Fee – $205.00
 (non-PSSAC Member)

 Registration Fee – $195.00
(with PSSAC Member Discount)

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