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The Great Plains Soil Fertility Conference will focus on conservation practices, nitrogen management, nutrient analysis and management and the soil and environment.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

February 23, 2024

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The Great Plains Soil Fertility Conference is set for March 4-5, Lubbock, Texas. Shelley E. Huguley

Advancements in soil and plant research will headline the Great Plains Soil Fertility Conference (GPSFC), March 4-5, 2024, in Lubbock, Texas.

“This conference is an excellent opportunity to hear the latest and greatest soil and plant research being conducted across the U.S. Great Plains,” said conference Chair Katie Lewis, associate professor, Soil Fertility and Chemistry, Texas A&M AgriLife Research.


The conference will provide “research, extension, industry, agricultural professionals, and educators to explore, learn, and expand their horizons on current and emerging nutrient-related issues and communicate science-based practices that are environmentally sound, sustainable, and profitable,” according to the GPSFC website.

Keynote speaker David Franzen will present “Advancements in Nitrogen and Potassium Fertilizer Recommendations in North Dakota Over the Past 30 Years,” followed by discussions focusing on the following: conservation practices and nutrient management; nitrogen management; nutrient management and analysis; and the environment and soil.

To learn more about the individual presentations, visit the GPSFC website. A student poster competition will also be held and the presentation of the organization’s Leadership Award.

“The GPSFC is a chance to network with soil scientists and agronomists from across the U.S. Great Plains while also acquiring CEU credits,” Lewis said. Nine Certified Crop Adviser CEU credits are available: six nutrient management and three soil and water management. Three general (Nutrient Management) CEUs for TDA pest applicators are also available.

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For conference registration or to learn more, follow this GPSFC link. The two-day conference will be held at the Makenzie-Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech Campus, 2521 17th Street.

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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