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

ISCA 43rd Annual Meeting, March 31, 2018, Forbes Building, 1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL. Please Register by March 24. To register online with a credit card or through PayPal, use the Registration link below. Registration is $20 for ISCA Members and $30 for non-members.

To register the old-fashioned way, with paper, envelope, and a postage stamp, do the following: print the registration form that is in the Winter Newsletter. (You will need to go to the Newsletter section of the ISCA webpage if you do not have your email or hard-copy of the Winter Newsletter). Fill in the information on the form with a pen, use scissors to cut out the form, fold and place the completed form in an envelope.  Write a check from your checkbook payable to ISCA, (don't forget to write the amount in your check register), put the check in the envelope, and then seal the envelope without cutting your tongue. Put a Forever Stamp on the envelope and write your return address or use one of those free sticky labels you have received in the mail. Address the envelope to: Charles Frazee, ISCA Secretary, 65 Gaffney Rd., Divernon, IL  62530. Drive the envelope to the Post Office and drop it into the mailbox. Make sure that you mail your registration several days prior to March 24, so that we get your registration on time.

Check-in begins at 11 am, with lunch beginning about noon.  Our speaker is Dr. Eric T. Freyfogle, Chair Emeritus at the U of I. Dr. Freyfogle has particular expertise in environmental ethics and natural resources/environmental law and actively supports regional and national conservation efforts.  A Council Meeting will precede activities, beginning at 10:30 am. Attendees will receive 3 PDH toward ISCA Certification requirements, and Dr. Freyfogle’s presentation will fulfill 1 CEU of Ethics Training for SSSA Certification.


On-line registration has a $1.50 service fee (which is less than the cost of paper, envelope, stamp, check, and gas to the Post Office; plus, you are registered immediately).


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 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: 

ISCA Gear - ISCA now has our own storefront with Lands' End Business Outfitters.  The ISCA store is at: 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 . 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:

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 @

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 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.