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

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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

Certified Professional Soil Classifiers


Are you looking for a certified professional soil classifier? The ISCA website specializes in information about what a soil classifier does and how to hire a soil classifier, provides general and technical information about Illinois soils, and provides information for members of the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association.

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ISCA Annual Meeting  - Save the Date!  Saturday, March 16 at the Forbes Building, 1816 S Oak St, Champaign, IL.  Check-in opens at 11:00. Watch this site for on-line registration details.

Bradley Miller will be our guest speaker. His topic is: Bridging soil survey knowledge and new geospatial technologies.  Dr. Miller is an assistant professor at Iowa State University working to advance soil mapping in the 21st century. He earned his M.S. degree in Soil Science from Iowa State and Ph.D. in Geography from Michigan State. Before joining the faculty at Iowa State, he conducted digital soil mapping research at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research near Berlin, Germany. A common theme in his research has been understanding lessons from the past as a guide for how to make the best use of new technologies. This approach caught the attention of the International Union of Soil Sciences who awarded Bradley with the Dan Yaalon Young Scientist Medal in Rio de Janeiro last summer. His current research includes utilizing current soil survey data to study the evolution of glaciated landscapes as well as the optimization of sampling design and covariate stacks for digital soil mapping.

Correction to Septic Loading Rate Chart - Column 5E has been corrected from 0.52 g/d/sq.ft. to 0.69 g/d/sq.ft.  This has historically been the established rate, but an error had been made in the printing of the table.  Use this corrected table for Section 905A, Appendix A, Illustration M, Exhibit B - Key for Determining Sewage Subsurface Loading Rates for Illinois Soils - in the State of Illinois Code for Private Sewage Disposal.  The table that is in the Code itself, has many errors and is a corrupted table.

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Membership Questionnaire - Participation by a variety of ISCA members is critical for healthy growth, development, and sustainability of the association. In order to see who is willing to serve as a committee member, committee chair, or run for an elected position, please complete the Membership Questionnaire.

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2018 IALEHA Panel Discussion - For a full account of the 2018 Illinois Association of Local Environmental Health Administrators (IALEHA) Panel Discussion concerning soils, septics, and the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code, click here.  A synopsis of the meeting is included in the 2018 Winter Newsletter. 

NCSS Newsletter -  Newsletter Issue 82 of the National Cooperative Soil Survey was recently released. 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 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 ConsultantSoil 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.


 
 

 


 
  


 

 

 

 

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