About Us

Headquarters Building in Madison, WIThe Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members and 1,000+ certified professionals dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. The Society provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

SSSA supports its members and certified professionals by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives via a Washington, DC office. Founded in 1936, SSSA celebrated the International Year of Soils in 2015.

Because of their common interests, SSSA, the American Society of Agronomy, and Crop Science Society of America share a working relationship. Each organization is autonomous with its own bylaws and governing boards of directors.

SSSA Information

Executive Committee: Soil Science Society of America

Andrew Sharpley Harold van Es Richard Dick Ellen Bergfeld

Dr. Andrew N. Sharpley


Past President
Dr. Harold M. van Es


Dr. Richard P. Dick


Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Ellen G.M. Bergfeld