Owens, USDA-ARS Scientist and Crop Science Faculty Member, Named Fellow

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Phillip Owens serves on graduate student committees for Bumpers College students and collaborates with CSES scientists in their work with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the U of A System Division of Agriculture.

Phillip Owens, research director and soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, has been named a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America.

Up to 0.3% of active and emeritus members of the society may be elected a Fellow. It will be recognized at the joint SSSA/American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of American annual meetings in Baltimore, Maryland in November.

Owens is an internationally recognized authority on digital soil mapping focused on data-driven management. He is the author of 126 publications and holds a patent. In addition to his work for the USDA-ARS and furthering its research mission, he is active in the SSSA, the American Geophysical Union, and the International Union of Soil Sciences.

Owens has received numerous invitations to present his research at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. In his role with the department, Owens serves on graduate student committees and collaborates with CSES scientists in their work with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the U of A System Division of Agriculture.

Owens earned his bachelor’s degree in crop science and his master’s degree in crop, soil, and environmental science, with a concentration in soil science in each, at the U of A. He earned his Ph.D. in soil science from Texas A&M University.

Prior to the USDA-ARS position, he was a Tri-Society Congressional Science Fellow in the office of Senator Blanche Lincoln.

The Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center conducts research to introduce new practices and technologies to help small farms become more profitable and sustainable.

SSSA is an international scientific society that promotes the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Home to over 6,000 members and over 800 certified professionals who advance the field of soil science, it provides information on soils in relation to agricultural production, environmental quality, forestry, sustainability of ecosystems, bioremediation, waste management, urban uses, mining and reclamation. , and in many closely related scientific disciplines and applied fields.

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