Agroecology student wins first place in Regional Soil Judging Competition

Agroecology student, Emily Morgan, represented Florida International University as part of the Multi-Institutional Soil Judging Team that took first place in the Team Pit Competition at the Southern Region Soil Judging Competition.

winners of soil contest with their trophy
Ricardo Torres (UPRM), Joshua Holgin (UTEP), Karla Lopez (UTEP) and Emily Morgan (FIU) with their first place trophy (left to right).
Photo courtesy STARTNOW

This year, the competition was held at the University of Arkansas on October 9-10, 2019.

Contestants from various universities arrived at several soil pits and were expected to correctly identify, evaluate, classify and describe three soil profiles.

To prepare for this competition, Morgan was guided by Dr. Krishnaswamy Jayachandran, FIU’s Agroecology Program director and coached by Mary Tiedeman from the Department of Earth of Environment.

The soils competition is a professional training activity which is held annually as part of the STARTNOW USDA-NIFA HIS grant award, led by Texas A&M University-Kingsville in collaboration with University of Texas- El Paso, University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez and FIU.

The STARTNOW grant aims to help undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic backgrounds with the knowledge needed to lead and succeed in the continuously evolving agricultural field.

To learn more about the program, visit the STARTNOW website.