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Soil Health Awareness - Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

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Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource. 

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 conservation endeavors of our time.

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.

Soil Health Quiz

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USDA-NRCS – Are you a “Soil Health Scholar?” Find out with our new, on-line quiz!

Healthy soil is fundamental to life. But how much do you really know about it? This fun, 10-question quiz will challenge your knowledge, and will help you discover your soil health I.Q. And, anyone who plays can print out a graduation certificate upon completion. Find out if you’re a “Soil Health Scholar,” a “Soil Healthy Smarty-Pants” or if you “Love the Soil.”

This is one test we think you’ll really dig! Take the quiz . And then share your results with your friends and followers on Facebook or Twitter. It’s fun and informative

 

 

Soil Health Across the Nation

NEW Soil Health map 2014

A growing number of America’s farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the health and function of their soil—and we’re working hand-in-hand with these producers through our technical and financial assistance programs and services to help ensure their success. Click here to use the interactive map and find out what’s happening in your state regarding soil health and learn more about some of the farmers who are unlocking the secrets in the soil.

Jorgensen image for Soil HealthFeatured Profile in Soil Health

Brian Jorgensen
Ideal, South Dakota
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Soil Health Announcements

Hope in Soil image 90 seconds to discover a new “Hope in healthy soil”
Web ad points to promising global solutions under foot

To most people, soil is far from huggable.

But after watching a new, 90-second YouTube ad, the video’s producers hope viewers will embrace it with new-found respect and admiration. Because healthy soil, the ad suggests, could provide solutions to some of our planet’s biggest challenges.

Watch the 90-second ad. Share the link and share the hope.

Soil Health Publications

Poster comboNew soil health posters available

Two new posters, “Behold our living soil” and “The hope in healthy soil,” are now available to help you promote the basics and benefits of soil health throughout the country. These 23” x 18” posters are suitable for framing or for placement in soil health partner offices, schools and other locations. To order your copies (limited to 10 per customer) specify the poster (“Behold” and/or “Hope”) and send your e-mail request to nrcsdistributioncenter@ia.usda.gov.


Soil Health Information

Niagra Falls infographic A Hedge against Drought: Why Healthy Soil is ‘Water in the Bank’

While most look to the sky for drought relief, an increasing number of farmers are looking to the soil. And for good reason: Healthy soils capture and store much more water – which can come in handy during dry spells.

So what’s the water-banking secret in healthy soil? “Organic matter and living organisms provide the foundation for soil to function properly, allowing it to take in, store and deliver water to plants, among many other benefits,” said NRCS’ Soil Health Division Director, Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune. Learn more. Download the info-graphic.