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By Tie Shank 

Chris Augustin Speaks on Soil Health – Wednesday, February 6th


NDSU Area Soil Health Specialist, Chris Augustin, will be speaking on Soil Health at 10:45 on Wednesday, February 6th at the Airport International Inn in Williston.

Chris grew up on his family farm in northeastern North Dakota near the town of Crystal. Helping out with the small grains, sugar beets, and potatoes operation gave Chris a love of agriculture and respect of the land. His interest in soils peaked when he took a class from Dr. David Hopkins called Soils 210. He admired Hopkins passion and love of what he was teaching and it stuck with him.

This interest carried over into college as he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources Management emphasizing in Soil Science from North Dakota State University.

During Chris’ time at NDSU he became active and held leadership positions in many organizations. During the spring of 2008 Chris moved to Carrington to work for the NDSU Extension Service as a Nutrient Management Specialist where he worked with farmers’ and ranchers’ fertility programs and consulted them on environmental issues.

Chris moved to Minot in March of 2012. As Area Extension Specialist/Soil Health at North Central Research Extension Center, he deals with a variety of soil-related topics including cover crops, soil salinity, soil health and he works with farmers in hopes of helping them improve their soil resources.

Augustin now has that same love Dr. Hopkins had and is excited to improve North Dakota’s soil by educating producers, technical service providers, and others on current and emerging soil management practices.


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