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“The Soil Health Institute will be the primary resource for soil health information and research. Its outcomes will yield healthy, sustainable soils to serve as the foundation for society, benefit the environment and contribute to the productivity and profitability of agriculture.”

— The Soil Health Institute Vision Statement

Leaders created The Soil Health Institute to be an independent, nonprofit organization that adds value to the advancement of soil health.

WE WILL PROVIDE:

  1. A Funding Pool
    • Reliable, convenient system for funders to invest in
    • Central hub for private & public money for soil health research
    • Comprehensive grant program, funding the spectrum of soil health research
  2. Centralized Hub of Soil Health Information
    • Trusted information for producers
    • Repository for soil health research data for scientists
    • Broad and fast distribution of soil health information
    • Innovative, open-use data curation
  3. Research Gap Assessment
    • Clearinghouse to vet ideas and identify research gaps
    • Systematic process for identifying and assessing research gaps and priorities
  4. Best Expertise
    • Wide range of soil health knowledge, expertise
    • Wide spectrum of stakeholders
    • Collaborative soil health community
    • Problem-solving conveners
  5. Unbiased Authority on Soil Health
    • Coordinated effort focused on soil health
    • Advancement of soil health
    • Standardized metrics
  6. Researcher Collaboration
    • Project collaboration
    • Project management and collaboration software integration
  7. Soil Health Researchers
    • Cultivate interest in soil health research
    • Job Board
    • Grant coordination
  8. Soil Health Promotion
    • Advance awareness
  9. Rehabilitation – Soils in Developing Countries
    • Work in soil health that is easily translatable to systems in developing countries

OUR PRIORITIES DURING 2017

  1. Currently, a high priority is to work with all soil health partners to establish measurements and standards that support an ongoing assessment of the health soils in the United States. The purpose of a National Soil Health Assessment (NSHA) is to generate data and analyses to: establish baselines for soil health at regional to national scales; identify trends in changes in soil health; establish a context to interpret soil health information obtained for individual land managers and local decision makers; support selection of land management practices that will lead to improvements in soil health and the resulting benefits to agricultural production and natural resources; and provide information to policy makers responsible for public policies in agriculture and natural resources.
  2. In addition, look for the Soil Health Institute Research Landscape ToolTM that will serve as an open-source information portal on soil health.
  3. During 2017, SHI will conduct a systematic review of scientific literature that evaluates economic risks and yield impacts of soil health-promoting practices, such as no-till, zone tillage, reduced tillage, cover crops, crop rotation, manure/biosolid application, and other management practices. We will curate the data and provide a comprehensive analysis to determine such factors as climatic zone, soil properties, cropping systems and management practices that influence soil health and economic risk relationships.