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L Al S oil Ian. W I Sin Department Pubication


Soil Et Water Science
Programs
Our Outstanding
Undergraduate Students
Environmental Management
in Agnculture and natural
Resources
Pre-Professional Students
Land Judging and Homesite
Evaluation in Flonda
SWSD Faculty and Students
Working th Local Schools
The Flonda Enilrothon
Expenence
Agronomy Soils Club
Randy Bro' 'n


EDITORS:
Susan Curry
scurry@ufl.edu

Dr. Vimala Nair
vdna@ifas.ufl.edu


SMyakka
- Volume 6 Number 1 Institute of Food and Anricultural Sciences


-UNDERGRADUATE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS

FROM THE CHAIR


FFA and 4-H participants, coaches, and contest officials at the 2004 State Land Judging Contest held at the
Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, Live Oak, FL. (Photo by Suwannee County Conservation District)


Soil and Water Science Department (SWSD) is
involved in several ongoing undergraduate and
youth programs. The Department offers a
major in Soil and Water Science and an
interdisciplinary undergraduate program in
Environmental Management in Agriculture and
Natural Resources. This program is offered
both in Gainesville and at the Indian River
Research and Education Center (IRREC). We
actively participate in several youth programs
including Florida Land Judging, Florida
Envirothon, and 4-H. Examples are presented
in this newsletter. In addition, our
undergraduate students are active participants
in the Agronomy-Soils Club.

Here are few highlights since the last
newsletter:

Amy Shober accepted a faculty position at the
Gulf Coast REC, Balm, Florida. Amy's research
and extension activities will include landscape
nutrient management and water quality.

Julie Podowski (James Jawitz Advisor) and
Melisa Martin (James Sickman Advisor) were
selected to receive IGERT fellowships (funded
by the National Science Foundation) to pursue
their Ph.D programs in soil and water science.
Congratulations to both of you for receiving this
fellowship.


Bill Pothier, Senior Chemist, retired after 40
years of dedicated service with the department.
Bill maintained the isotope ratio mass
spectrometer laboratory and assisted several
IFAS researchers. The Department will miss
Bill's skills and service. Bill, thank you for your
service to the department.

George O'Connor was selected as a UF Research
Foundation Professor. George will hold this
appointment for a period of three years (2006-
08). Since the inception of this award program,
eight SWSD faculty members were selected as
UF Research Foundation Professors. P.K. Nair,
Affiliate Distinguished Professor in SWSD was
selected to receive one of the five 2005-2006
Graduate Mentor/Advisor Awards. Our alumnus,
Patrick Hunt, a USDA soil scientist based in
Florence, S.C., has been named the Agriculture
Research Service Distinguished Senior Research
Scientist of 2005. Congratulations to all of you
and thank you for bringing recognition to our
Department.

Under the leadership of Randy Brown, the SWSD
has been very active in several youth programs
including the Land Judging Program. With
Randy's retirement, this leaves a major void in
the Department. The next high priority position
for the Department is in the area of urban land
use and management, which also includes youth
programs.


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Aja Stoppe performing phosphorus analysis
in the Forest Soils Lab.


Don Graetz answers questions at the Agronomy-Soils
Club field trip to the Suwannee River Basin.


Combined BS/MS Degree Program
Students may be interested in the
combined degree program offered by the
SWSD. This program was created by the
university to provide academically
talented students an opportunity to
complete a bachelor's and a master's
degree in a shorter period of time. This
program allows students to double-count
graduate courses for both degrees, thus
reducing the time it would normally take
by a semester or more. Most combined
degree programs produce a savings of up
to 12 semester hours.

Employment Opportunities:
Academic Institutions, USDA-NRCS; USEPA;
USGS; NOAA, Agricultural Industry, Forest
Industry, State Agencies, and Consulting
Companies. Typical annual salary range


for undergraduates is in the range of
$30,000 to $40,000.


-i UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS


Soil and Water Science
Undergraduate Programs


Soil and Water Science Undergraduate Major
The SWSD offers a flexible basic and applied undergraduate program to train
students in managing our soil and water resources in a wide range of
ecosystems including agricultural, forested, range, urban and wetlands, as
related to soil and water quality, and sustainable productivity.
Specializations within the program include soil, water and land use (with
emphasis on natural resources and the environment); environmental soil and
water management (with emphasis on agricultural and other applied aspects
of soil and water science). All specializations are designed to give the
student a strong background in soil and water science with a core of required
courses during their junior and senior years. Beyond the core courses,
students can select from groups of electives to provide flexibility in their
program (http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/academics/undergraduate.html).

Electives are chosen with the student's adviser. The student is encouraged
to take electives from a range of courses that include but not limited to:
biology, botany, building construction, business, chemistry, earth science,
economics, environmental science, geology, geography, hydrology,
mathematics, physics, plant science, policy, production systems, geographic
information systems, urban and regional planning, and statistics.

Areas of specialization in the soil and water science major are not restricted
to the general areas mentioned above; other specializations can be
developed.

Soil and Water Science Undergraduate Minor
A student may elect to minor in soil and water science. This 15-hour minor
must include SOS 3022 Introduction to Soils in the Environment and the
laboratory course SOS 3022L. Additional courses in the minor must be
approved in writing at least two semesters before graduation by the
academic adviser and the undergraduate coordinator in the SWSD. At
present 15 undergraduates are enrolled in this minor.

Environmental Science Degree: Soil and Water Science Option
The Environmental Science degree with soil and water science option is
intended to give the student an opportunity to take a number of courses
dealing with management of natural resources and the development of policy
for the management of natural resources. This degree program is offered by
the School of Natural Resources and Environment (http://snre.ufl.edu/
undergraduate/)


Mark Clark (extreme left) explains the Stormwater Ecological
Enhancement Project (SEEP) at the Natural Area Teaching Lab to
undergraduate SWSD students.


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PAGE 3 UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS


Our Outstanding Undergraduate Students


S The word "outstanding" is an over used word, but not
when you are describing the six undergraduate students
majoring in Soil and Water Science. ALL of them are truly
OUTSTANDING. Their average GPA is 3.5!!! One has a
perfect 4.0!!! We would like to introduce them to you so
that you can also appreciate the accomplishments and
contributions they have made.

Julie Driscoll is from Ft. Pierce and is the daughter of
Michael and Connie Driscoll. Presently, Julie is the
President of the Agronomy-Soils Club. She has won
numerous awards and scholarships including Gamma Sigma
Delta Undergraduate Award, ASA Outstanding Senior,
Frederick Buren Smith Undergraduate Award, Rural
Rehabilitation Scholarship, and Agronomy Soils Club
Scholarship, as well as 2005 Outstanding Undergraduate F om left to igh iora Gardner eanna Woo,.
Rotem Shahar, and Aja Stoppe.
Student awarded by the Florida Association of Not pictured are Debbie Duda and Julie Driscoll.
Environmental Soil Scientists. Julie has been on the
President's Honor role. She has applied for graduate studies in the SWSD.

Aja Stoppe is the daughter of Jackie Valentine and Pete Stoppe. Aja was born in Miami but the family moved to
Colorado where she spent most of her life before returning to Florida. Aja began at University of Florida as a
Landscape Architecture major, before transferring to the SWSD. She has received several awards and scholarships
from the college and department. Aja was also selected as 2005 Outstanding Undergraduate Student awarded by the
Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists. She works full-time in Forest Soils Laboratory as well as working
to finish her degree this summer. She also plans to apply for admission to graduate school at UF.

Victoria Gardner was born in Houston, the daughter of Richard and Valorie Nelson. Her father is a Professor of Mass
Communication and Public Affairs at Louisiana State University. Her mother is an IRS agent. Victoria is married to
Jared Gardner, a UF Law student. She is a National Merit Scholar. She was awarded the 2004 Outstanding
Undergraduate Soil and Water Science Student, presented by the Florida Association of Environmental Soil Scientists,
Outstanding Undergraduate Award, presented in 2004 by the Soil and Water Science Department, and the President's
Honor Roll. Victoria was the first student accepted into the department's 3/2 program. This semester Victoria is a
Student Assistant for SOS 3022. After she graduates in May, she will be studying for her MS degree in the SWSD.

Leanna Woods is the daughter of Ted and Judy Woods. Her family lives in Palm City. She is on Bright Futures and
has been awarded the UF Anderson Award, member of the National Collegiate Society, Brannan Family Scholarship;
2004 Outstanding Undergraduate Soil and Water Science Student, presented by the Florida Association of
Environmental Soil Scientists, and Outstanding Undergraduate Award, presented in 2004 by the Soil and Water
Science Department. She is in the CALS Honors Program. Leanna is receiving a minor in Agricultural and Natural
Resource Law. During her undergraduate years she was a Student Teaching Assistant for SOS 3022 and lab. In her
spare time she enjoys painting and caving. Starting in August, Leanna will be attending graduate school at the
Colorado School of Mines.

Debbie Duda is from Sanford, Florida. She won the Frederick Buren Smith Scholarship which is awarded to
outstanding, capable, and worthy undergraduate students in the SWSD. During her tenure at UF she has been
working for several engineering and environmental firms in the Orlando area. Even though Debbie is also in the 3/2
program, she has decided to go to graduate school at the University of Central Florida after she graduates in May.

Rotem Shahar is the newest undergraduate major in the department. She joined us this Spring semester transferring
from Chemistry. She was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel and moved to Florida when she was 2 yrs old. She spends much of
her time at Hillel where she is involved in the programs and has a quiet place to study or just to hang out. Rotem
loves science fiction, 80's music and 80's cartoons. She would like to go to graduate school studying tropical
meteorology. Her parents are Asher and the late Bracha Shahar.

If you meet one of our undergraduate students, please tell them how special they are. For additional information,
contact our Undergraduate Coordinator, Mary Collins at: mec@ifas.ufl.edu.






UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS PAGE 4


Environmental Management
in Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources
(EMANR) major is an interdisciplinary approach to provide the scientific
and technical foundation needed to integrate and communicate the diverse
environmental issues associated with urban, agricultural, and natural
ecosystems (httD://ema.ifas.ufl.edu/). The program is advised through the
SWSD on the Gainesville campus and also at the IRREC at Fort Pierce.

The curriculum has been newly-revised to provide emphasis to land and
water management issues. Courses are taken from several disciplines to
provide a science-based perspective of issues dealing with the
management and protection of our natural resources. Our mission is to
promote the best use of our natural resources for their social and
economic benefits while protecting associated resource values, property
rights and the environment.

Lower division courses are selected to create a strong background in
EMANR graduate Mike Dinardo is employed by a Florida physical and biological sciences, communications, and mathematics. A
consulting firm. Here he is working on a mitigation site at core set of upper division courses dealing with land, water, natural
Big Pine Key. resource policy, and environmental law provides the student with a solid
background in environmental management. A suite of electives is
available to allow students to create either a broad selection of courses or
to develop a concentration of courses to provide expertise in areas such as
business management, water resources, soils and land-use, or agricultural
production systems.

Employment opportunities are widespread and include positions with
environmental consulting companies, governmental agencies such as the
Water Management Districts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, utility
companies, agribusiness operations including banks and sales companies
and the legal profession. Students often continue their education in
graduate school.


SConsequently, classes usually run from 5.30 to 8.30 pm during the week.
/ .Most of these classes are also offered via Distance Education to other
IFAS sites in the state so that our live classes are shared with students
throughout Florida. Gainesville online classes are also available here.

._The EMANR degree is particularly appropriate for the Treasure/Research
EMANR graduate T.J. Rew is in graduate school at UF Coast, which has one of the fastest growing populations in the nation. This
working on a MS degree in Soil and Water Science. His dramatic growth conflicts with the famous Indian River citrus and other
research project uses rainfall simulation to test ways of traditional agricultural enterprises as 25 people daily move into the area.
reducing phosphorus loss to rivers and lakes. Land development, wildlife and water access are major concerns in this
area. For additional information, contact Don Graetz at: daCq@ifas.ufl.edu



Mark your calendars..

Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum

The Seventh Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum Ihttp://soils. ifas.ufL.edu/forum/) is scheduled for
September 15, 2006. in Gainesville. Florida. The forum is designed to bring together representatives from state
and federal agencies, and private industry, faculty and graduate students, and prospective students interested in
soil and %',ater science. The forum, ,itL provide an opportunity for all interested in soil and ,ater science to interact
,ith our students, faculty and administrators on campus. We Look for% 'ard to your participation in the forum. If
you are planning to attend, please register at: http://soils.lfas.ufL.edu/forum/. For additional Information. contact
Lena Ma at: Iqma@,ufl.edu.






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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS-


PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS II I
Pre-professional students often conduct special research projects in our Department and obtain a minor in soil and water science.
Some of the students who worked with our faculty and minored in soil and water science are now in law school, veterinary school,
and medical school. An example of a research project conducted by pre-medical students is described below.


Learning from Slimy Behavior?


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We all have seen that slimy film on a kitchen sponge or on the
inside of a sink. What you see, however, is not just "slime", it is a
highly structured microbial community, called "biofilm". When
scientists look at biofilms under the microscope, they see microbial
cities comprised of tiny columns and pillars with water channels
between these multicellular structures. Biofilms are cosmopolitan
communities: they are often made up of hundreds of different
species of bacteria, fungi and algae. Biofilms contaminate surgical
implants, biofoul and damage fishing nets and boats; aquatic
biofilms are important to nutrient cycling and removal of
environmental toxins. Aquatic biofilms may also serve as reservoirs
of pathogens: under some conditions, microbes detach from
communities and become waterborne, and thus contaminate
drinking and recreational waters. Most curious, however, is the
observation that the behavior of microbes within biofilms is clearly
distinct from their behavior in Petri dishes or in laboratory shake
cultures.

Because microbial biofilms contribute to water quality and exhibit
an unusual multicellular behavior, they are a valuable teaching and
learning tool. Ali At Ageli, Kiran Joglekar, and Kush Bhorania all
freshmen in the pre-med program worked with Max Teplitski,
Mengsheng Gao, Kim Ritchie and Matt Cohen to identify genes and
conditions that regulate biofilm formation and bacterial
multicellular behavior. Ali At Agely found that formation of a
bacterial biofilm is a complex process, controlled by several global
gene regulators and by the availability of magnesium and amino
acids in the environment. This year Ali presented his findings at
meetings of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM
Southeastern and Florida branches). Ali was selected for a
prestigious University Scholars program to carry out research on the
identification of the ways to prevent biofilms from forming. Kiran
Joglekar discovered that compounds from plants can disrupt
expression genes involved in bacterial multicellular behaviors. Her
presentation at this year's ASM (Florida Branch) meeting was voted
the Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation. Kush's characterization
of bacteria from coral-associated biofilms was named the Best
Poster at the ASM (Florida Branch) meeting this April. The results
of their studies may well have applications in both industry and
medicine.

Mr. Glenn Compton and his colleagues at Venice High School
collaborate with Max Teplitski to develop portable teaching tools
for studying biofilms as a part of high school science curriculum.
Eighty Venice students, led by Compton, harvest biofilms from
several local creeks and then carry out assays to identify enzymes
that are induced in biofilms formed in polluted waters. Because
their research will contribute to our understanding of water quality
components, it was recognized and supported by a SPLASH! Mini-
grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. For
additional information, contact Max Teplitski at: maxtep@ufl.edu


Students at Venice High School with a styrofoam
model of a biofilm.


Ali Al Agely looking at biofilms formed on a 96-well
plate by different bacterial mutants.



SWS Alumni


In our newsletter, we would like to
include news from our alumni and their
success stories and accomplishments.
Please provide highlights of your
current activities, so we can include
them in future SWSD newsletters.
Please e-mail information and a
photograph to Susan Curry at:
scurry@ufl.edu.


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Randy Brown (SWSD Professor Emeritus) discussing the official
answers at one of the sites following the State Land Judging
Contest at Boy Scout Camp Ocklawaha, Sebastian, FL. (Photo by
Indian River Soil and Water Conservation District)


SWSD Faculty and Students Working
with Local Schools

The SWSD is reaching out to assist local school to
promote the importance of soil and ..later science in
protecting the environment. Mary Collins's
imec, 'ifas.ufi.edui graduate students. Rex Ellis and Kelly
Fishier taught Hidden Oak Middle School students on the
importance of soils in the biosphere. The Department
served as host for seminars given by regional science
project ..'inners from local middle and high schools. The
purpose '..as to assist students and prepare them to
compete at the state level competition. Peter Kizza
(kizza',.ifas.ufl.edui organized this seminar series. The
topics .iere in areas of environmental science, earth
sciences, and microbiology. Regional science project
..'inners are: Kyle Dorsey. Jennifer Kizza. and Ajit
Vakhana. Lincoln Middle School. Catherine Turner.
Hot.'ard Bishop Middle School. Gene Rodrick. Oak Hall
High School. All of them made excellent presentations
on their science projects. Congratulations to all these
winners and to their science teachers.


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Land Judging and Homesite
Evaluation in Florida


The UF/IFAS SWSD has a significant role in the Land Judging
Program in Florida. We maintain Circular 242 ("Land
Judging and Homesite Evaluation in Florida") and the
Florida Land Judging Contest website (http://
landjudging.ifas.ufl.edu/), which contains (1) Links to
training materials; (2) results of recent State Contests; (3)
the Policy Statement for Florida's Program; and (4) Listings
of the Program's many sponsors and supporters.

The Department works shoulder-to-shoulder with the Soil
and Water Conservation District serving as host for the
State Contest in any given year; the USDA-Natural
Resources Conservation Service; the Florida Association of
Environmental Soil Scientists; the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumers Services (DACS)-Office of
Agricultural Water Policy; the Florida FFA Association; the
UF/IFAS Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Department; the Florida Chapter of the Soil and Water
Conservation Society; the Florida 4-H Foundation; the
Florida FFA Foundation; and many other organizations and
individuals too numerous to list here (but shown on the
website identified above).

While Land Judging and Homesite Evaluation Contests are
competitive events, their original and primary purpose is
educational. We want the participants to enter adulthood
with an understanding of the soil resource and the
evaluation of that resource for agricultural and
nonagricultural purposes. For many if not most
participants, this program is the only rigorous exposure to
soil science that they ever will receive! For additional
information, contact Randy Brown at: brown@ifas.ufl.edu


The first place team High-School-Age 4-H Team and their
coach, from Indian River County, at the 2006 State Land
Judging Contest on the ranch of Mr. Tommy Harper, Levy
County, FL (Photo courtesy of Mr. Kevin Sullivan)






PAGE 7 YOUTH PROGRAMS



The Florida Envirothon Experience


The Envirothon is an extracurricular natural resource education
program for high school students. This is a field event in which
student teams use critical-thinking, problem-solving and
communication skills to answer written questions or conduct
hands-on investigations about environmental issues.

At regional Envirothon events, which are held throughout the
state, teams earns points for their solutions to environmental
problems in five areas: 1) Aquatics water ecology, water
chemistry, water quality and aquatic life; 2) Forestry tree
identification, tree ecology, insects and cruising timber; --
3) Soils classification, formation, soil properties, profiles and s
site suitability; 4) Wildlife habitat, identification, food,
disease and management; 5) Current environmental issues -
annually selected topics, such as wetland management, fire
ecology, non-point source pollution or other current issues. Participants having lunch while they wait for the results of the
2005 Florida Envirothon held at Hillsborough River State Park.

The top-scoring team for each county is eligible to participate in the
Florida Envirothon, the statewide event. The team winning the Florida
Envirothon goes on to the national Canon Envirothon. In 2004 the
Florida winning team was also the Canon Envirothon winning team.

Since 1993, the Florida Envirothon has involved more than 32,500
students and 6,045 volunteers. The Florida Envirothon is coordinated by
a Board of Directors representing the DACS Office of Agricultural Water
Policy, Soil and Water Conservation, the Florida Association of
Conservation Districts, the Florida Division of Forestry, the Florida State
parks, Florida water management districts, UF-SWSD and some at-large
members. The Board supplies study material for the students, conducts
the state Envirothon event, and raises money to cover the cost of doing
the above activities.

Art Hornsby is a board member. Randy Brown is a former board
A team taking an oral quiz administered by Art member. Others from the SWSD who have assisted in conducting the
Hornsby (SWSD Professor Emeritus) at one of the Florida Envirothon are: Wade Hurt, Ron Kiehl, and Mary Collins. For
soils stations at the 2004 Florida Envirothon at Myakka further information, contact Art Hornsby at hornsbya@bellsouth.net or
River State Park. Randy Brown at: brown@ifas.uft.edu


Agronomy-Soils Club

The Agronomy-Soils club is affiliated with the Agronomy and Soil and Water Science departments.
Julie Driscoll, soil and water science major, was selected as an outstanding undergraduate student
by the 2006 National Student Recognition Program sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy
(ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). She is
one of the 40 outstanding seniors enrolled in agronomy, crop, soil, or environmental science
departments nationally selected for this recognition.

The Agronomy/Soils Club received a grant from the UF Center for Organic Agriculture via the Southern Education and Research
ALLiance ($1000) for the development of a display highlighting sustainable agriculture. The display is designed to provide
information relative to the roles of agronomy, soil and environmental sciences in promoting sustainable agriculture and protection
of natural resources. The intended audiences are high school and college students, particularly those interested in agriculture and
natural resources as a course of study or a career.

The Agronomy-Soils Club maintains the Ag Gardens located on the University of Florida campus near Lake Alice. Club members
have assumed the responsibility to manage and maintain the Ag Gardens as a public service project for the College of Agricultural
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Randy Brown


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Agronomy-Soils Club (Continued from page 7)

and Life Sciences Student Council. The Ag Gardens,
49 garden plots located north of Lake Alice and
immediately adjacent to the Bat House in the
southwest area of campus, are tilled, marked and
rented on a contractual basis to members of the
campus community. Proceeds from rental of the plots
provide funding for College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences Student Council activities (from ASC
website). For additional information, contact James
Bonczek at: bonczek@ifas.uft.edu.


Randall B. "Randy" Brown retired from the University of
Florida on January 1, 2003 following 22 years of service with
the UF Soil and Water Science Department and the Florida
Cooperative Extension Service. After retirement he worked
half-time for the following three years and finally retired in
December 2005.

Randy grew up in Cooperstown, New York where his father was
an Otsego County agricultural agent. He attended Cornell
University, graduating with an agronomy major in 1968. He
was active in the Cornell Agronomy Club and the Soil Judging
Team. Randy then spent three-and-a-third years in the U.S.
Navy, acquiring his sea legs on the USS Blue and the USS San
Bernardino in the Pacific Fleet. Upon his discharge from the
Navy in 1972, Randy entered graduate school at Oregon State
University and obtained his M.S. in soil science in 1974. Randy
then returned to New York and spent two years as a soil
scientist with the Erie County Soil Survey. Returning to Oregon
State in 1976, Randy married Pia A. Toll6. He obtained his PhD
in 1980.

Randy began his Florida career at the UF SWSD in August of
1980. He served as an extension specialist in soils and land
use, with emphasis in soil survey interpretations; onsite
wastewater disposal; 4-H/FFA land judging; and related areas.
He served as the UF liaison with Florida's soil and water
conservation districts. He taught undergraduate and graduate
courses in soil, water and land use and in soil and water
conservation. For five-and-a-half years in the late 90s, Randy
served as chair of the SWSD. Randy received several awards
and recognition over the years, including the E.L. Greenstein
Award from the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association and the
Honorary Florida State FFA Degree. He is a Fellow of the SSSA
and the ASA.

Randy's professional service to this Department will be greatly
missed by all of us. Randy, we thank you for everything you
have done for our Department and wish you and your family all
the best during the retirement years.


Agronomy-Soils Club members working in the Ag Gardens




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