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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!

This video series features Idaho producers that are incorporating soil health practices into their operations. They explain what they’re trying and why. Follow-up Q and A sessions about each video are also included. Enjoy!

- Soil Health Information

     - Cover CropsFour Soil Health Principles

- Links to Useful Soil Health Publications

- Soil Health PowerPoint Presentations

- Soil Health Related Videos

     - Microbes 
     - Speakers 
     - Trainings

- Profiles in Soil Health

- Soil Health References

- National NRCS Soil Health Website

- Idaho Soil Health Strategy New

 


Idaho Soil Health Contact
Shawn Nield, State Soil Scientist, (208) 378-5728, shawn.nield@usda.gov

Regional Soil Health Contact
Marlon Winger, Agronomist, (307) 258-4610, marlon.winger@usda.gov