H. Allen Torbert

United States Department of Agriculture, USA


H. Allen Torbert obtained a Ph.D. degree in agronomy and soils, 1989, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill, USA, an M.S. degree in agronomy and soils, 1985, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala, USA, and a B.S. degree in agronomy and soils, 1983, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala, USA. Since 2005, Torbert has been a Research Leader, Soil Scientist at the ARS, USDA, Auburn, Ala, USA. Torbert was a Soil Scientist at the ARS, USDA, Auburn, Ala, USA, 2001–2005, a Soil Scientist: USDA, ARS, Temple, Tex, USA, 1992–2001, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the ARS, USDA, Auburn, Ala, USA, 1989–1992. Torbert's assignment as ARS Soil Scientist is that of a Research Leader, Supervisory Soil Scientist, for the USDA, ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, Auburn, Ala, USA and as Lead Scientist for the CRIS project “Utilization of Organic Waste to Improve Agricultural Systems and Environmental Quality.” Torbert's responsibilities include (1) develop animal waste management strategies that are environmentally acceptable, (2) develop improved soil, water, and crop management practices for controlling runoff and erosion, protecting water quality, minimizing soil compaction, and restoring or maintaining the productivity of crop and rangelands, (3) determine the impact of farming system management alternatives on fertilizer use efficiency, nutrient cycling, organic matter buildup, and atmospheric CO2 capture, and (4) develop models for optimizing the use of fertilizers, water, tillage, pesticides, and other inputs for crop production. Torbert is a member of an interdisciplinary team of ARS scientists and engineers that is studying the complex interactions of crop and soil management systems and waste management. Torbert provides leadership for the soil chemistry aspects of the interdisciplinary research, with emphasis on soil fertility and fertilizer practices, crop residues, and tillage requirements and animal waste treatment.

Biography Updated on 9 January 2012

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