The 2012 Annual Meeting of the PSCAA (view photos) was held on June 7-8, 2012 at the Weeks Bay Reserve conference room near Fairhope, Baldwin County, Alabama.

TECHNICAL SESSION — Thursday, June 7, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  • * Joey Koptis, President, PSCAA welcomed the 27 members present to the meeting and presented a brief overview of Baldwin County agriculture.
  • * Mr. L.G. Adams, Director of Weeks Bay Reserve, welcomed the group to the Reserve, presented an overview of the Reserve properties, and discussed the purpose and mission of the Reserve and the Weeks Bay Foundation.
  • * Dr. Joey Shaw, Alumni Professor of Soils, AU, discussed various methods of creating management zones for characterizing field-scale agronomic variability. He presented the results of studies done on fields in the Tennessee Valley and the E.V. Smith Experiment Station comparing the use of Order 1 soil surveys and other methods used in creating management zones.
  • * Mr. Hunter Stone, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, discussed the processes of developing management zones utilizing various technologies and compared the resulting management zones to the soil variability shown on Order 2 soil survey maps of the same area. He also discussed potential opportunities for consulting soil classifiers in this emerging field.
  • * Mr. Scott Anderson, Senior Regional Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS, Auburn, provided a brief update on soil survey activities in Alabama and discussed the on-going reorganization of the National Cooperative Soil Survey.
  • * Mr. Thad Pittman, Director, Onsite Programs, Alabama Department of Public Health, presented an update on the status of proposed changes to the Onsite Sewage Rules and Regulations. He stated that the revisions may be released for public comment by late summer 2012.
  • * President Joey Koptis gave a brief overview of the upcoming Field Tour and advised the group to meet in the parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning to travel to the field sites.

The technical session adjourned at about 3:50 p.m. The group rejoined for the Business Session at 4:00 p.m.

BUSINESS SESSION – 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

President Joey Koptis called the business meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. and called for the reading of the minutes and financial report.

George Martin, Secretary-Treasurer, stated that the draft minutes of the 2011 Annual Meeting were sent via email to all members for review and a written copy was provided to each member present. A motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes and accept them as written was made by Dr. Joey Shaw and seconded by Rick Smith. The motion passed with no dissenting votes.

The Financial report for 2011-2012 was presented by George Martin, Sec.-Treasurer, and accepted as read.

Committee reports were called for and presented as follows:

Membership Committee – Rick Smith, Chairman

  • * One new member, Mr. Cooper Nichols, was introduced to the group.

Constitution & By-laws Committee – George Martin, Chairman

  • * No activity reported

Scholarship Committee – George Martin, Chairman

  • * Announced that the FALL 2011 scholarship was awarded to Mr. David L. Houston of Alabama A&M University.
  • * The 2012 scholarship is to be awarded to an Auburn University student. Dr. Joey Shaw, scholarship coordinator for AU, will make the selection.
  • * Chairman Martin discussed the possibility of increasing the award from $500 to $800 or $1,000. Discussion followed and a motion was presented to increase the scholarship award to $1,000 beginning in 2014. The motion, presented by Sandy Page and seconded by Rick Smith, passed without dissention.

Ethics Committee – John Clement, Chairman

  • * No report of ethics violations was presented. The Chairman did remind members of their responsibility to adhere to high standards of ethical and professional conduct. He stressed the importance of reviewing the work submitted by subordinate employees and to ensure they are qualified to perform professional work.

Public Relations/Education Committee – Sandy Page, Chairman

  • * Discussed the need to upgrade the PSCAA webpage. Rick Smith stated that he had contacted several vendors concerning the costs of developing and maintaining a website. He had received several bids and was waiting on others. Much discussion followed and it was agreed that Rick Smith would continue to pursue bids for development and maintenance of a website and report results to the Executive Council.
  • * A motion to allow the Executive Council to approve spending over the $500 limit if needed to accept a bid for website development was presented by Dr. Joey Shaw, seconded by Grant Mattox. The motion passed without dissention.

Nominating Committee – Jerome Langlinais, Chairman

  • * Chairman Langlinais was not present. President Koptis informed the group that the current officers still had one year to serve, but stated that the offices of President-elect and Secretary-Treasurer would be open for nomination at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

Workshop Committee – Joey Koptis, Chairman

  • * No activity reported

President Koptis opened the floor to old business after the Committee reports.

  • * George Martin, Sec.-Treas., reported that he had met with CPA Michelle Grandberry to discuss IRS tax questions and the need to file annual tax forms. Ms. Grandberry indicated that there was no urgent need to file tax forms and that she would do further research. She recommended that the PSCAA apply to become a tax-exempt corporation, but to do so, the PSCAA would have to incorporate. Martin indicated that a $700 application fee was required to apply for tax-exempt status and additional costs would be required to incorporate.
  • * Discussion followed and a motion to allow the Sec.-Treasurer to pursue incorporation and tax-exempt status for the PSCAA was made by Rick Smith and seconded by Greg Brannon. The motion passed without dissention.

There being no further old business, President Koptis opened the floor to new business.

  • * Earl Norton was recognized and informed the group about the 2012 Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day to be held in Huntsville on Sept. 26-27, 2012 and in Spanish Fort on October 10-11, 2012. He encouraged members to attend the seminar.
  • * Mr. Norton, on behalf of the SWCS AL Chapter, invited the PSCAA to partner with the SWCS Chapter to present a workshop on Soils, Geology, and Land Management. Discussion followed and a motion for the PSCAA to partner with the SWCS AL Chapter to present this workshop was made by Sandy Page, seconded by George Martin. The motion passed without dissention. It was further agreed that Joey Koptis, Chairman of the Workshop Committee, would coordinate PSCAA involvement with the SWCS group.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Field Tour – Friday, June 8, 2012, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • * A field tour, developed by Joey Koptis, Greg Brannon, and Jerome Langlinais, included stops at three locations in Baldwin County. Backhoe pits, available at the first two stops, afforded an excellent view of plinthite and fragic characteristics in a somewhat poorly drained soil similar to the Robertsdale series and a well drained Malbis soil. Discussion centered on the very strongly expressed platy plinthite and the glossic and fragic properties of the Robertsdale-like soil.
  • * The third and final stop was a pitcher plant bog on Weeks Bay Foundation property where hydric soil indicators were observed in spade-holes. Joey Koptis led the discussion. A well-developed spodic horizon was observed in one pedon.

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