In 2013, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Farm Foundation, NFP, convened agricultural industry thought leaders, farmers, ranchers, government agency leaders, and non-governmental organizations to examine the current state of soil health and its role in a vibrant, profitable, and sustainable natural ecosystem. As the group identified diverse and complex issues regarding soil health, it became clear that a collaborative-oriented organization was needed to spearhead accurate, science-based information, create a sense of urgency and coordinate change leadership. soil foundation
The Soil Health Institute
is that organization. As the independent, non-profit organization charged with coordinating and supporting soil stewardship and advancing soil health, the Institute is focused on fundamental and applied research. We recognize that soil health must emerge as the cornerstone of land use management decisions during the 21st Century because healthy soil is the foundation of life and society, our remaining arable soil is degrading at a rapid rate and the global population is expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, increasing demand on agricultural production and our natural resources.
The Institute is designed to move from the research laboratory to the farm field – bringing industry, farmers, ranchers, government agencies, agronomists, and consumers toward the common goal of protecting and enriching our home.
In the coming years, the United States will witness increases in drought and
extreme precipitation due to a changing climate. By 2100, scientists predict that
30% of all land will be impacted by drought given current levels of greenhouse
gas emissions, as compared to 1% today. Drought negatively impacts crop and
livestock production, fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, air quality, wind
erosion, aquifer and surface water storage, and civil discourse pertaining to