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Soil Health is soil managed to its maximum potential through a system of conservation practices, including never-till, cover crops, advanced nutrient and pest management, and buffers and drainage systems where appropriate. This approach results in healthy soil that reduces erosion, requires less nutrient inputs, manages the effects of flood and drought, and reduces nutrient and sediment loading to streams, rivers and coastal waters.

La Salud de los Suelos en Español!

Meet Mighty Mini Microbe!

Meet Mighty Mini MicrobeNRCS unveiled our new conservation education superhero last fall, and she's ready to come to your soil's rescue!

Mighty Mini Microbe is a tiny superhero of the soil, but she’s a wee bit smaller than your typical superhero. The creators of a new soil health-themed educational effort believe “Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale” – a 24-page Learn-as-you-color, science-based adventure tale – will encourage the next generation of real-life hero farmers, conservationists and scientists to further unlock the secrets in the soil. Learn more here.

Watch the animated video promo. (:15)

Mayagüez MLRA Soil Survey Leader Manuel Matos and Soil Scientist Samuel Rios deliver a 2-minute video about NRCS Caribbean Area Soil Survey activities and Puerto Rico's soil diversity on WIPR-TV.Puerto Rico's Soil Diversity Highlighted on Laboratorio de Comunicaciones Cientificas ->

In April 2016, Mayagüez MLRA Soil Survey Leader, Manuel Matos, and Soil Scientist, Samuel Rios, starred in a 2-minute video on WIPR-TV about NRCS Caribbean Area Soil Survey activities and Puerto Rico's soil diversity. View it Here (en Español)!

YouTube Video Promotes Soil Health in the Caribbean Area

En YouTube: El nuevo video "La Iniciativa Nacional de Salud del Suelo"

Earth Team volunteer, Nelson O. Vázquez Santiago, created a YouTube video en Español to promote the Caribbean Area Soil Health Campaign.  MLRA Soil Survey Leader, Manuel Matos; State Soil Scientist, Carmen L. Santiago; and Soil Scientist, Samuel Rios, explain the Secrets of the Soil to viewers.

Nelson O. Vázquez Santiago, voluntario del Servicio de Conservación de Recursos Naturales (NRCS en Inglés), preparó este video en el cual se promueve la Iniciativa de Salud de Suelos del Área del Caribe. Manuel Matos, Científico de Suelos, Líder de Oficina MLRA en Mayagüez; Carmen L. Santiago, Científico de Suelos del Estado en Oficina de San Juan y Samuel Ríos, Científico de Suelos, Oficina MLRA, Mayagüez, nos invitan a descubrir los Secretos en el Suelo.

What's New in the Caribbean Area!

What's New with the International Soil Health Movement!

There have been so many fantastic Videos produced about Soil Health during International Year of Soils that we've compiled them all on their own page - visit our new Soil Health Videos page to start binge-watching today!

Web ad points to promising global solutions under foot.
Please share our new ad – part of our on-going awareness and education campaign to help farmers, landowners and consumers understand the basics and benefits of soil health.
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Check out a National NRCS Soil Health component by clicking on one of the pictures below, access las publicaciones en Español, or download & print an 11 x 17 Soil Health Poster (English, Español).

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