As part of the vision of the ARS to lead America towards a better future through agricultural research and information, the Cropping Systems Research Laboratory interacts with the local community through many avenues such as tours of the three facilities, the gin school, the CSRL AgSciences Seminar, as well as our scientists visiting local schools and community groups to discuss our research and the future of agriculture in America.
On Oct. 6 2018, Drs. Veronica Acosta-Martinez (USDA-ARS) and Lindsey Slaughter (Texas Tech University) were invited to participate in a presentation followed by a panel discussion about soil health at the “The First Friday Art Trail”, which occurs every first Friday of a month in downtown Lubbock. In this Lubbock activity, different artists show their work within different buildings includingLHUCA. Nicolle Lamere showed her collection of soils taken across the country and made into compressed dirt spheres. This exhibit is the first of four covering Earth Wind Water and Sun where not only will local artists participate but they have asked local scientists to come and have general discussions on these topics.