Illinois Soil Classifiers Association
Maintaining High Standards and Ethical Conduct in the Profession of Soil Classifying

The Illinois Soil Classifiers Association is an organization promoting the wise use of the soil resource.  ISCA is made up of professional soil classifiers in public service, private industry, and education. 

 

ISCA was established in 1975 and is affiliated with the Soil Science Society of America

ISCA Announcements


Quote for Thought
"We cannot afford to curtail soil conservation, either in the East or the West.  . . .  It is vital to the future of our farm areas, and though you may live in a city, what happens to the land of your country touches you as closely as if you were a farmer."  
Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day 3/6/1947

NCSS Newsletter -  Newsletter Issue 81 of the National Cooperative Soil Survey was recently released. This issue of the NCSS Newsletter reminds the Webmaster of the former Soil Survey Horizons publication - giving news of events, recent discoveries of soil science, and adventures in soil science mapping and appears to be a possible outlet for NCSS cooperators (like ISCA) to share soil science stories of interest.  Current and past issues of Newsletters can be found here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/soils/survey/partnership/ncss/?cid=nrcs142p2_054340 

ISCA Special Election - A special election is needed to replace our current President-Elect who is moving out of state. All Full Members may vote. Ballots are due to the ISCA Secretary by January 1, 2018. See the Fall 2017 Newsletter for more information.

ISCA Gear - ISCA now has our own storefront with Lands' End Business Outfitters.  The ISCA store is at: https://business.landsend.com/store/ISCA. Create your own account and order any apparel that you desire. It will be shipped directly to you. You may order any item in the current catalog and have Lands’ End add the ISCA logo ($5.95). You also have the option to choose the location of the logo and change the colors in the logo to coordinate with the item that you are purchasing. Occasionally, Lands’ End will have a special offer and not charge to add the embroidered logo, so watch for those specials. Catalog “promotional” items and “silkscreened” items usually have a minimum quantity, so be aware when you are placing your order.  If you have questions concerning the operation of the ISCA Lands’ End store, contact webmaster@illinoissoils.org . If you have specific questions regarding merchandise and ordering, contact Lands’ End for assistance.

ISCA Texture Project - ISCA is coordinating efforts to gather known samples of soil textures from various parent materials around the state to use as reference texture samples.  Click here for whom to contact and for more information.

ASK a Soil Classifier - If you have a question about soils, either a general question or a very specific question, and would like an answer from a Professional Soil Classifier, e-mail your question(s) to:  Webmaster@illinoissoils.org

Soil Classifier Mentor Program - If you desire experience in soil classification and wish to work with or correspond with a Professional Soil Classifier, ISCA can help you get connected to a Professional Soil Classifier in your local area.  Send an email to express your interest to President @ illinoissoils.org

ISCA on Facebook - Come and be our friend.  Post messages, questions, upload photos and join in on discussions about soil with your fellow ISCA members!  Click on the Facebook icon below or go to Facebook.com and login. Search for the group Illinois Soil Classifiers Association.  We're there!  If you don't have a Facebook account, now you have a reason to set one up.  It's easy.  See you there.