Finding the Win-Win in Revamping Federal Hiring Practices

This article was originally published in the December 2016 issue of the Soil and Water Conservation Society Conservogram newsletter. From the Leadership: Finding the Win-Win in Revamping Federal Hiring Practices By Colby Moorberg As a faculty advisor to students in agronomy, soils, and environmental science, one of the most rewarding parts of my job isContinue reading “Finding the Win-Win in Revamping Federal Hiring Practices”

Soil Supports Urban Life

The year 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils. Each month of the year has a soils-related theme to help educate people about the importance of soil. The Soil Science Society of America has developed a series of videos to emphasize those themes. February’s theme is “Soils Support Urban Life”. Here’s the SoilsContinue reading “Soil Supports Urban Life”

Science Communication College Course Ideas

Hello all. Sorry I’ve been too busy to update the site with new posts recently. I’ve been putting in about 80 hour weeks every week this summer trying to keep up with all of the field work for my project in Alaska. Saying Alaska has a short field/growing season is definitely an understatement! Anyway, IContinue reading “Science Communication College Course Ideas”

Container Garden Water-Saving Tips From a Soil Scientist

Over the last year or so I’ve noticed a lot of websites, blogs, etc. offering water-saving techniques for container gardening. Some tips are useful and scientifically sound, but some are just plain wrong. As a person with a Ph.D. in soil science (and a minor in water resources), this drives me crazy. Because of that,Continue reading “Container Garden Water-Saving Tips From a Soil Scientist”

Science is “Hopping”

As some of you may know, I am a homebrewer, along with several other faculty, staff, and students in the NCSU Dept. of Soil Science. Last week I was offered the opportunity to pick hops on a hops variety trial that our department has been working on for the last few years along with the horticulture department.Continue reading “Science is “Hopping””

Colby’s Bro, Matt Gets an Agronomist Job

My older brother Matt recently got his first job in his new career field – agronomy. He will be a research associate with Schillinger Genetics, a non-GMO soybean genetics company. Matt was a contractor for several years, but eventually decided that it wasn’t for him. He ended up in the Iowa State University Agronomy Department.Continue reading “Colby’s Bro, Matt Gets an Agronomist Job”

Hello world!

This is the first of many blog posts for my new website. First, let me introduce myself. Who is Colby: My name is Colby Moorberg. I am a doctoral student in the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University. I grew up on a small hog farm in Iowa. After a short mishapContinue reading “Hello world!”