On December 5, World Soil Day, soil science professor and chair Alfred Hartemink was at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. for an announcement about new steps to advance soil sustainability made by the Obama Administration. The new actions aim to advance scientific understanding of soils so that land managers and farmers are better able to care for them and maintain their ability to support food security, climate mitigation, ecosystem services, and public health. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) also released a federal framework for soil science, developed in collaboration with more than a dozen federal agencies, with input from approximately 80 stakeholders from academia, industry, non-profit organizations, and the agricultural community. The framework effort was led by Jo Handelsman, associate director of OSTP, who will be returning to UW-Madison in early 2017.
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