Environmental group names Arkansas professor as president

The Soil Science Society of America recently named a University of Arkansas agriculture professor its 2017 president.

Andrew Sharpley, a 35-year veteran of the society, served as the Madison, Wisconsin-based group’s president-elect last year.

Sharpley said the administrative role will give him a chance to pay forward the help the society gave him as a young scholar. Sharpley researches the effects of farming on safe drinking water,

"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."

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