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Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
5585 Guilford Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53711-5801

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for more than 6,000 members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. SSSA supports its members by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives. For more information, visit , and follow @SSSA_soils on Twitter and on Facebook:  

SSSA has invested significantly in outreach activities to help raise awareness of the soil resource with a broader scientific audience:

“Dig It: The Secrets of Soil” - Smithsonian Exhibit
An estimated 2.5 million people have viewed the 5,000-square-foot exhibit that reveals the complex world of soil and how this ecosystem supports nearly every life form on earth. The exhibit opened at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, July 2008-January 2010, and then traveled to various museums, including its current stop at the Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN through July 28, 2013. For info, visit:

Public Service Announcements
In response to growing concerns about the condition of some of the world’s soils, SSSA launched a “Story of Soil” campaign, produced as part of SSSA’s 75th Anniversary. Additional components are an “I Heart Soil” sticker and clothing. The Public Service Announcements (PSAs) are short, 30-second messages, and are available in both English and Spanish at The topics of the three PSAs are:

  • Human Health
  • Food Quality
  • Water

Science Policy Activities
The primary goals of the SSSA Science Policy Office are to educate and serve as a resource on agricultural, natural resources, and environmental issues, including: Congressional Soils Caucus, Position Statement/Reports, Educational Briefings, Coalitions, Congressional/District/State Hill Visits, and the Congressional Science Fellowship.

Digital Library
The ACSESS Digital Library is a complete collection of all content published by SSSA and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America. This includes research journals, magazines, books, Annual Meeting presentations, with Videos, Webcasts, Datasets, Data Models, and Modules (coming in 2013).

SSSA Divisions of Interest
SSSA offers specialized Divisions of Interest for focused peer networks and information exchange, visit to learn more:

Fundamental Soil Science Group
Pedology Division
Soil Biology & Biochemistry Division
Soil Chemistry Division
Soil Mineralogy Division
Soil Physics Division

Agricultural Soil and Food Systems Group
Nutrient Management & Soil & Plant Analysis Division
Soil and Water Management & Conservation Division
Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition Division

Soil and Ecosystem Processes Group
Forest, Range, and Wildland Soils Division
Soils and Environmental Quality Division
Urban and Anthropogenic Soils Division
Wetland Soils Division

Education and Practicing Professionals Group
Consulting Soil Scientists Division
Soil Education and Outreach Division

Upcoming Events:

  1. Soil Science in the Field
    Aug 17-23, 2013, Tomahawk, WI

  2. Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Crop and Livestock Production Systems
    SSSA Specialized Conference
    Aug 13-15, 2013, Kansas City, MO

  3. SSSA International Annual Meetings in conjunction with ASA and CSSA
    "Water, Food, Energy, & Innovation for a Sustainable World"
    Nov. 3-6, 2013, Tampa, FL

  4. Soil’s Role in Restoring Ecosystem Services Conference
    SSSA Specialized Conference
    March 6-9, 2014, Sacramento, CA

  5. Innovation in Onsite Wastewater Conference
    SSSA Specialized Conference
    April 7-8, 2014, Albuquerque, NM


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