Steve Slusser, Former NV ACES Enrollee

Steve Slusser, Former NV ACES Enrollee

Steve Slusser learned about the ACES Program from a former California State Soil Scientist, Dave Smith who had contacted Steve to ask if he would be interested in working part time on a special project for the Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) program, and of course Steve agreed to it.

Prior to joining the ACES Program in Reno, Nevada in November of 2013, Steve worked as a Soil Scientist for 39 years. Steve said that all of his years of soils experience has provided him with the necessary knowledge to qualify him for the ACES program and his ACES assignment.  He did soil mapping in the field, for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) using the same computer systems and programs that he later used as ACES enrollee. He added soils information to the National Soil Information System (NASIS). This information was updated automatically so when information was needed, it was as up-to-date as possible. Steve was also entering soil descriptions from field notes.  Being able to read the notes was often a challenge, as the writing was sometimes difficult to decipher due to their age or legibility.

Steve has worked on 9 different soil surveys in both California and Nevada and was nationally recognized as one of only nine Nevada Soil Scientists who has mapped one million acres.

“The people associated with the ACES Program are wonderful, efficient and I enjoy working with them”, he said.

His monitor, Tom Champa said: “Steve has been quite an asset to the Soil Survey Program in Nevada and northeastern California.  His major workload involves the transfer of our historical soils descriptions into our National Soils Information Database (NASIS) which is an enormous task.  He has accompanied me on several occasions for training and has been a wealth of knowledge to myself and to the individuals in attendance.”

In his spare time, Steve enjoys farming and growing vegetables on his acre of land located in Fernley, NV, about 30 miles east of Reno. He also has been a Nevada Certified Organic Producer for the past 9 years.