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Davidson County Soil Conservation District Hosts Soil Judging Clinic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Students from Davidson and Williamson County schools traveled to the Campus of Tennessee State University (TSU) to compete in the Davidson County District FFA soil judging clinic. Fairview High School had the high score at the event held September 15, 2016 at the TSU Agricultural Research and Education Center in Nashville. Glencliff High School and Montgomery Bell Academy also brought teams to compete and learn.

According to Hank Cardwell, an agriculture educator and FFA advisor at Glencliff High School, the growing challenges of population growth and urban sprawl increase the need to understand the importance of soils. “Soil judging is one of the FFA career development events most relevant to urban and suburban kids in this area” Cardwell explained. “The rapid development in middle Tennessee makes issues of rainwater mitigation, surface water pollution, and silting for new developments especially pertinent, and these issues hinge on a thorough understanding of our soils.”

Along with the District, USDA/NRCS District Conservationist Trevor Hunt, TSU college of Agriculture and TSU students provided support and training for the students.

students participating in soil judging clinic