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Andrew Sharpley elected society president for 2017

By Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Dec. 22, 2016

 Fast Facts:

  • Andrew Sharpley begins duties as SSSA president Jan. 1.
  • Sharpley has been a society member for more than 35 years and served in many offices.
  • Sharpley’s research focuses on studying impacts of agricultural management on water quality and implementing practices to minimize nutrient runoff.

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MADISON, Wisc. — Andrew Sharpley, professor, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, begins his duties as president of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Jan. 1. 

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Sharpley was elected in 2015 and served as president-elect in 2016. 

Sharpley has been a member of SSSA for more than 35 years and has served the society in several capacities, most recently as editor-in-chief. He is a Fellow of SSSA and the American Society of Agronomy, received the Environmental Quality Research, Soil Science Applied Research, and Soil Science Research Awards from these societies, and was inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service Hall of Fame in 2008. 

Sharpley’s research with the Division of Agriculture focuses on assessing the impacts of agricultural management on water quality, working with the agricultural community to implement conservation measures to mitigate nutrient runoff and quantify the effectiveness of those practices. 

“The SSSA has served me well during my research career and I see this as an opportunity to help the society continue to provide unparalleled service to its current and future members,” Sharpley said. “Some of the major challenges I see facing soil scientists over the next few years are meeting food and water security challenges, which are often in conflict.” 

The Soil Science Society of America is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, Wisc., and founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for more than 6,000 members and more than 1,000 certified professionals dedicated to advancing the field of soil science.


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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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