When you dig a little, you'll learn a lot about the health of your soil. The resources on this page are provided to help you understand the fundamentals of soil ecology and what you can do to build soil health on your farm or ranch. Landowners can also learn more about how to work with their farming partners to increase their land’s long-term production potential.
By digging around a little on this site, you’re likely to learn a lot – and “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” as you do.
Fact sheet: 5 questions landowners should ask their farmers about soil health
When farmers use soil health management systems, they’re building the soil AND they’re also building the land’s production potential over the long-term. But how do landowners know if their tenants are doing everything they need to do to make and keep their soil healthy? Barry Fisher, an Indiana farmer and nationally recognized soil health specialist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, recommends they ask their farming partner these five questions. Learn more in this fact sheet. (PDF, 3MB)
Sustainability grows in healthy soil
Soil Health Management Systems can help America’s growers feed the nation and the world through sustainable conservation practices. This guide provides an at-a-glance view of specific sustainability benefits associated with soil health improving practices. Learn more (PDF, 8.35 MB) .