Soil Health Awareness - Unlock the Secrets in the Soil
Unlock the Secrets in the Soil
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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.
Explore the Science of Soil Health
In our “germ-phobic” society today, the role of soil microorganisms is often grossly misunderstood. To many of us, the only good bug is a dead bug. But in this “Science of Soil Health” video vignette, Dr. Kris Nichols, USDA-ARS in Mandan, North Dakota, discusses why—when it comes to soil health—we need to change our thinking about microorganisms. Watch the video: The Science of Soil Health: Changing The Way We Think About Soil Microbes.
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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