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Soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.

As world
Unlock the Secrets in the Soil 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.

Click here for information that will help you understand the basics and benefits of soil health – and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers who are using those systems.

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.”

Hear from Kentucky's Soil Health Specialist

John Graham, Soil Health SpecialistJohn Graham, Soil Health Specialist for NRCS in Kentucky talks about the importance of soil health.  Read his article by clicking on the link below:

Tillage Destroys Soil's Physical Properties

Fall Cover Crops Prepare the Soil for Spring Crops


Name Position Telephone
Kentucky Soils Staff
Steve Blanford State Soil Scientist 859-224-7606
Steve Crabtree State GIS Specialist 859-224-7400
David Gehring Resource Soil Scientist
Owensboro, KY
Jerry McIntosh Resource Soil Scientist
Mayfield, KY
Steve Jacobs Resource Soil Scientist
Maysville, KY


Click here to visit the current NRCS Soil Science Division Web Site for the most up-to-date and complete information.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Science Division is the lead agency for the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS), a joint effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies.  The NCSS is committed to delivering science-based soils information that helps people be good stewards of the Nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources.

The Soils web page will be migrated to this new web  format over the next year.