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2019 ARS Soil Biology Workshop
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2019 ARS Soil Biology Workshop

March 6 & 7

Cropping Systems Research Laboratory
3810 4th St.
Lubbock, TX



  • Host discussion to expand/strengthen collaborations including exchange of resources and targeting funding opportunities in our network from ARS and outside, and then communicate to other soil biologists in our network.  
  • Determine technical objectives, scope, and responsibilities for proposed extramurally-funded project.  Finalize a consensus 2-page white paper to be circulated to prospective sponsors.
  • Determine feasibility of new cross-location research efforts; establish relationships with existing efforts, e.g., cross-location N study and Minion trials.  Determine how supplemental resources could be applied to leverage existing and new initiatives.


  • Day 1 (Tue March 5th)- Arrive at Lubbock, TX airport:
    • Hotel:Hyatt Placeat 2309 MacDavis Lane
    • Dinner: Orlando’s Restaurant at 24th& Ave Q (only meal covered on your own). Meet at the hotel lobby at 6pm. 


  • Day 2 (Wed March 6th)- All day workshop at USDA-ARS (Led by Mike):
    • 8:30-11:45am: Extramural Project Proposal, technical approaches and objective.
    • 11:45-1pm: Lunch (buffet) at the Texas Tech Club. East Stadium of Jones AT&T Stadium on the Texas Tech campus.
    • 1:00-2:30pm: Finalize Extramural Project Proposal
    • 2:30-3:30pm:  Lisa Durso will explain a funding source/network she has found.  
    • 3:30-5:00pm: Veronica will discuss potential across location project and ARS funding
    • 6:30pm: Dinner at Vero’s home.


  • Day 3 (Thu March 7th)-Morning at USDA-ARS (Led by Veronica):
    • 8:30am-10:30am: Host questions/discussions to finalize our plans for different collaborations. 10:30-11:30am: Call Dave Knaebel
    • 11:30am-12: Final remarks
    • Noon: Lunch boxes to grab. Depart for home.



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