I.F.A.R.M. In the Classroom
Currently, United Soils is working with multiple universities to use I.F.A.R.M. as a classroom resource to allow students to apply agronomic knowledge to real world scenarios, introduce students to farm and data management software, and to learn how to evaluate nutrient management plans from an agronomic perspective. Students who have been exposed to I.F.A.R.M. are better equipped to enter the workplace as farmers, consultants, farm managers, fertilizer specialists and agronomic professionals. Universities that participate in “I.F.A.R.M. in the Classroom” gain access to USI professional soil scientists and agronomists that can help individualize I.F.A.R.M. for their needs. Typically we provide multiple I.F.A.R.M. accounts that will enable students to have individual access to real soil and yield data from farms across their region of interest. . There is no cost associated with your participation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We want to make your school part of our success!
United Soils Undergraduate Scholarship
United Soils is pleased to announce that it will be offering four annual $500 undergraduate student scholarships starting in 2014 to participating universities. These scholarships will be awarded based on academic success, financial need, and interest in precision agriculture, soil science, plant science, or a related field. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity please email Corey Lacey.
University Farm Program
As part of our outreach to growers, we at USI want to make our team of precision agriculture professionals available to universities. USI will work with universities to plan educational events at university farms and help to sponsor, promote, and organize these grower meetings. Additionally, USI staff members are available to provide industry insight and help arrange for events to offer CEU credits.
Also, USI is working with universities by providing soil sampling and soil testing services to university farms. Those services would be an opportunity for university students to be exposed to GIS/GPS equipment and watch as professionals demonstrate how to create field boundaries, layout a sampling grid, and take agronomic soil samples. United Soils offers a , one-time, back ground soil sampling of a university farm to get initial fertility data to be used in the classroom. Future soils samples would be collected by students and sent to USI to be analyzed at no cost. This sampling can be done after students participate in an one-on-one sampling training with USI field services staff. This creates a learning opportunity for students to create their own sampling plans and pull their own soil samples.
Soil and Plant Analysis for Educational Groups
To help in the classroom, United Soils has begun partnering with agriculture departments in their research efforts. United Soils will assist students and research faculty members in their soil and plant analysis needs. The program will allow students to use and be exposed to modern laboratory instrumentation, while completing their educational projects. Working with our laboratory staff, students will have the opportunity to better understand the soil and plant testing process. Students and classes are also welcome to schedule tours of the USI Plant and Soil laboratory. Contact us if you are interested in partnering with our Plant and Soil Laboratory Staff and working together to help educate future agriculture leaders!
Tennessee State University – Small Farm Expo
The 10th annual Small Farm Expo and Small Farmer of the Year Awards will be held on July 17, 2014 at the Tennessee State University Agricultural Research and Education Center on the main campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. United Soils is proud to be sponsoring the small farmer of the year award. This event is an opportunity for United Soils to give back to the farming community and encourage small, new, and innovative farmers in Tennessee.