The charge of the Agriculture Workgroup is to provide expertise and leadership on development and implementation of policies, programs, and research to reduce pollutant loads delivered from agricultural lands and animal operations to upstream waters and the Chesapeake Bay. The Workgroup reports to the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team. Functions include:
More detail about the workgroup's goals and priorities can be found on ChesapeakeStat.
I received a B.S. in Agronomy (1985) and M.S. in Soil Microbiology (1991) from Purdue University,and a Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from Kansas State University (1998). After completing my PhD, I spent one year as a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota and two years as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Michigan State University. Since 2001, I have been a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA-ARS at University Park, Pennsylvania. My research has focused on carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural soils and the impact of nutrient management on water and air quality. I currently lead projects studying impacts of using various manure application equipment on ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions from soil; soil carbon sequestration and nitrous oxide emissions with switchgrass grown for biofuel feedstocks and in sustainable dairy forage rotations; and utilization of slow release and inhibitor- treated nitrogen fertilizers to reduce nitrogen gas emissions and enhance crop uptake. I am also part of a team researching impacts of various aspects of manure management on water quality. Currently, I am on a special assignment as with USDA-NRCS as Science Advisory for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where I am proving input on the new and modified agricultural conservation practices to help reduce nutrient inputs into the Bay.
Agricultural Research Service
Building 3702, Curtin Road
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Phone: (814) 863-0984
Tom Simpson was a Professor of Soil Science at VA Tech and University of Maryland prior to founding Water Stewardship, Inc. in 2008 where he is Senior Scientist and Executive Director for Water Stewardship Inc. He manages the organization and provides scientific leadership in developing new and innovative approaches and tools that support conservation assessment, verification and implementation primarily related to water quality. Dr. Simpson led WSI’s development of assessment and verification protocols for farm conservation and ecosystem service markets and developed the logic framework for the WSI Nutrient Load Estimator software. He helps lead efforts on systems approaches to BMP implementation, and BMP interactions and function at the landscape level in the U.S. and internationally. He led the 2006-2009 project to revise definitions and efficiencies for Chesapeake Bay Program BMPs. Dr. Simpson has written numerous papers and book chapters on soil and water quality and BMP effectiveness and has served on numerous expert panels to inform policy decisions and continues to provide science support to both public and private decision makers.
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Annapolis, Maryland 21403
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