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."
Environmental group names Arkansas professor as president
The Soil Science Society of America recently named a University of Arkansas agriculture professor its 2017 president.