Monthly Archives: March 2017

Organic Farming Research Foundation Call For Abstracts

Please take a moment to read this letter from the Organic Farming Research Foundation. You may turn the page at the bottom left of our embed.

call for abstracts

Farmers improve soil health, increase productivity

“The Soil Health Institute estimates farmers manage some 70 percent of the land in the United States and the individual decisions they make on a daily basis influences soil, air and water quality and other natural resources.

The Soil Health Institute was launched in 2013 in Morrisville, N.C. Wayne Honeycutt, president and CEO of the institute, said the mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. Conducting work that is economically viable and increases productivity for farmers and ranchers is vital, he said.

“Increasingly farmers are more innovative,” Honeycutt said during a forum on improving soil health at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park Feb. 22.”

 

Read the Full article: http://www.southeastfarmpress.com/cover-crops/farmers-improve-soil-health-increase-productivity

Help Us Create a Research Site Master List

Soil Health Research Tests

Dear Friends,

The Soil Health Institute requests your assistance in cataloging long-term (≥ 10 years) agricultural experiment sites in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Once compiled, this database will be made publicly accessible for building teams and planning agricultural research requiring inter-institutional collaboration on large scales, including soil health. Only a minimal amount of information is requested. Please submit your site’s information on the page provided by clicking here or on the button below.

Thank you for helping advance the science of soil health!

Appreciatively,
Wayne

C. Wayne Honeycutt, Ph.D.
President and CEO
                     Soil Health Institute

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Economics of Soil Health: Key to Adoption

The current world population of approximately 7.4 billion is projected to increase to approximately 9.7 billion by 2050.  Growing enough food, while also sustaining and improving our natural resources, is one of the greatest challenges of our time.

Recently, the concept of “soil health” has captured wide-ranging interest as a focal point for simultaneously achieving food production and environmental goals.  Peer-reviewed, scientific research has in fact shown that many of the same farming/ranching practices to improve soil health can also reduce nutrient losses to ground- and surface water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce erosion, increase yield, suppress plant diseases, and provide pollinator and other wildlife habitat.  However, we must recognize that farmers and ranchers are not only land stewards, but are also business men and women.  Therefore, the economics of soil health-promoting practices play a critical role in their adoption.

There are several aspects of economics that can influence land management decisions.

Read the full article at: http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1809-economics-of-soil-health-key-to-adoption