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Soil Health is soil managed to its maximum potential through a system of conservation practices, including no-till, cover crops, advanced nutrient and pest management, and buffers and drainage systems where appropriate.

Managing for soil health is one of the easiest and most effective ways for farmers to increase crop productivity and profitability while improving the environment. Read our healthy, productive soil health checklist for growers and learn what might be a part of your soil health management system.

Why should you care about soil health? Read Farming in the 21st Century (PDF; 962 KB)

For more information on Idaho's Soil Health Program, click on the following links:

- Virtual Field Days!

- Direct Seed Spuds 

- Reduced Tillage Sugar Beets 

Four Soil Health Principles- Soil Health Maps

- How to Start the No-Till Journey

  Featuring producers from Idaho and other western states.

- Soil Health Information & Assessment  Updated

- Farmer-to-Farmer Case Study Series

- Links to Useful Soil Health Publications

- Soil Health PowerPoint Presentations

- Soil Health Related Videos

- Profiles in Soil Health

- Soil Health References

- National NRCS Soil Health Website

- Idaho Soil Health Strategy

Idaho Soil Health Contact
Shawn Nield, State Soil Scientist, (208) 378-5728,

Regional Soil Health Contact
Marlon Winger, Agronomist, (307) 258-4610,