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Dr. Cliff Snyder

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Dr. Clifford S. (Cliff) Snyder is the Nitrogen Program Director for the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), and is based in Conway, Arkansas, USA. He was named to this position in January of 2007, when IPNI was officially established. His responsibilities include coordinating efforts of the Institute dealing with environmental issues related to nitrogen fertilizer use in agriculture, in North America and internationally.

Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. in Soil Science and Forestry at North Carolina State University in 1984, after completing his M.S. in Agronomy in 1980 and B.S. in Agriculture in 1978; both at the University of Arkansas. He was state soils specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service from 1984 to 1995. He was reared on a livestock farm and active in high school vocational agriculture and FFA, where he gained his first passion for soil science and environmental stewardship.

Before assuming his current duties for IPNI, Dr. Snyder was Southeast Director and previously Midsouth Director with the Potash & Phosphate Institute (PPI), from 1995 through 2006. PPI ceased to exist at the end of 2006, and IPNI was launched at the beginning of 2007. As Southeast Region Director, he had responsibility for agronomic research and education programs for PPI in 11 southeastern U.S. states.

Dr. Snyder was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Hypoxia Advisory Panel in August 2006 and involved in producing a 2008 report titled “Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.” In March 2008, he was appointed to the U.S. EPA Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee. He is also an invited contributor to and reviewer of reports and scientific panels on greenhouse gas emissions from cropland agriculture within the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Snyder has provided scientific and technical advice on greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, soil organic carbon, and nutrient management to the Field to Market Sustainability Alliance and other organizations. He is a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the International Nitrogen Initiative, and an invited member of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Steering Committee addressing global nitrous oxide emissions.

With extensive leadership experience in professional societies, Dr. Snyder was elected Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) in 2009, and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) in 2002. In 2012, he received the Soil Science Industry and Professional Leadership award from the Soil Science Society of America. He was the 2000 Chair of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Division S-8 (Nutrient Management and Soil and Plant Analysis) and 2006 Chair of ASA Division A-9 (Professional Practitioners). He served on the International Certified Crop Adviser Board from 2004 to 2007 and holds membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the International Fertilizer Society, the American Geophysical Union, and other scientific organizations and honoraries. Dr. Snyder was also elected and served as President of the Arkansas Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists from 1990-1991.

Awards & Recognition

Alpha Zeta (National Agricultural Honorary Professional Society), Gamma Sigma Delta (The Honor Society of Agriculture), Epsilon Sigma Phi (National Extension Service Professional Society), Omicron Delta Kappa (National College Leadership Honor Society), Sigma Xi (The Scientific research Society), and Xi Sigma Pi (Forest Resource Management Honor Society)

Professional Service

Soil Science Society of America American Society of Agronomy
International Certified Crop Adviser
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Geophysical Union
International Fertiliser Society