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Soil Health in North Carolina

Soil Health in North Carolina

Unlock the Secrets in the Soil

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 conservation endeavors of our time.

The resources on this section of our site are designed to help you understand the basics and benefits of soil health—and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from some of the farmers who are using those systems.

Profiles in Soil Health: North Carolina

North Carolina farmer Leon Moses describes the many positive returns of conservation.

Leon Moses has seen a 35-45 percent return on his soil health investment. By using no-till and cover crops, he’s also saving time, reducing wear and tear on his equipment, and he’s creating a more sustainable condition for the farm. 

See video.




Feature Story

NC Soil Health Landowner Leon Moses


"When I started to realize soil is a living thing and not just a medium for growing crops, that's when I changed my principles and practices, and I saw everything change."

- Leon Moses, farm superintendent

Feature Story Link  -  Leon Moses Soil Health Feature (PDF - 4.2 MB)


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.

Explore the Science of Soil Health

Purdue’s Dr. Eileen KladivkoWhen we use tillage the soil ecosystem is disturbed on a massive scale.  Purdue’s Dr. Eileen Kladivko contrasted natural ecosystems with tilled systems and what we stand to lose when soils are tilled. Watch the video:The Science of Soil Health: What Happens When You Till?




Newspaper/Magazine Info-Graphics

Infographic Web CopyThere are a lot of interesting facts about healthy soil. Check out these informative graphics to unlock some of the secrets in healthy soil. Newspaper, magazine and newsletter editors are encouraged to download and publish these graphics (royalty-free) to help their readers discover some of the interesting facts at our feet.