Soil Health - Unlock the Secrets in the Soil
Unlock the Secrets in the Soil
Soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.
As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important endeavors of our time.
By focusing more attention on soil health and by educating our customers and the public about the positive impact healthy soils can have on productivity and conservation, we can help our Nation’s farmers and ranchers feed the world more profitably and sustainably – now and for generations to come.
The resources on this soil health section of our site are designed to help visitors understand the basics and benefits of soil health – and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers who are using those systems.
So whether you’re a farmer, a researcher, a conservationist or an interested citizen, the information on this site will help you “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil.”
Profiles in Soil Health
Hear directly from some of the nation’s leading farmers to find out how they’re using soil health management systems to make their farms more profitable, productive and sustainable.
Click here to see more video “Profiles in Soil Health.
If Kirk Brock had to go back to conventional farming, he says he would “just quit and go do something else.”
He sees traditional conventional tillage farming systems as more of a “hope and prayer” than as a good management system. With his soil health-building no-till and cover crop system, Mr. Brock doesn’t have to worry as much about timely rainfall events. And if intense rainfall occurs, he knows he can hold that water on his hillsides and allow it to percolate into the soil profile for his crops to use later. Watch the two-minute video.
Meet our Soil Health Spokespersons, which include 7 dedicated soil experts with more than 175 years of combined experience with NRCS.
Learn what you can do to improve your soil's health. Check out our brief but informative fact sheets that explain how to unlock your farm's potential. En Espanol.En Español.En Español.En Español.
Twenty farm and conservation groups recently signed a letter supporting NRCS' Soil Health effort.
See our healthy, productive soil health checklist for growers and learn what might be a part of your soil health management system. (PDF, 4.4 MB)
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