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New Video Series Explores How Farmers are Breathing New Life into Our Soil

HIHS Series WEbNot so long ago, it was thought that the best hope for our soil was to slow its loss—by using conservation practices to reduce wind and water erosion.

But farmers and scientists have discovered we can actually build better functioning, higher-performing and more-productive soils. In fact, healthy soils, rich in organic matter and microbial life, may well be the key to feeding the world’s growing population—sustainably—well into the future.

A new, seven-part video series produced by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service explores how an increasing number of agricultural producers throughout the country are creating a new hope in healthy soil by regenerating our nation’s living and life-giving soil.

“By farming in ways that protect and enhance soil microbes and improve soil health, farmers and ranchers are breathing new life into our soils,” said Ron Nichols, NRCS’ “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” campaign coordinator.

Nichols said the new video series is designed to help consumers, educators and students understand many of the important principles and practices behind the growing soil health movement and how soil health management systems provide a wide range of on- and off-farm benefits for everyone.

The project was edited by filmmaker and NRCS Earth Team Volunteer, Courtney Adkisson. Watch Chapter 1, the series introduction (1:54).