Are Your Cover Crops Paying for Themselves?

Since 2015, the Soil Health Institute has been working to develop a national strategy aimed at improving soil health on farms across the U.S.

Stakeholders involved with the organization — which includes farmers, ranchers, government agencies, scientists, and consumers —  have been identifying gaps in key research areas, measurements, economics, communication and education, and policy, and specifying actionable steps to address these gaps.

In poring over numerous studies during this time on a range of soil health topics, they’ve reaffirmed that a chief benefit of soil health is the relationship between soil organic carbon and the soil’s capacity to hold plant-available water.

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Ag Biotech Summit Registration is Now Open

The 2018 Ag Biotech Summit will focus on the importance of Soil Health, highlighting challenges being faced and the responsibility needed to provide a sustainable future. This event will showcase today’s emerging trends and innovative technologies that are fostering and promoting soil health. Session topics will include soil health and its impacts on plant production, animal and human health, sustainability and land management as well as sustainable economic impacts from physical and biological combinations. So mark it on your calendar to join us on February 20-21 to share innovations and help encourage new creations with the common goal of creating a sustainable soil future. Learn more.

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Soil Health Institute, and Tri-Societies Partner to Accelerate Soil Health Research

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Oct. 24 /CSRwire/ – The Soil Health Institute, The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America and are partnering on a project that uses natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) to accelerate the retrieval and use of soil health research. developed an NLP tool that takes unstructured text and turns it into structured data.

“We originally developed this natural language processing application for researchers at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help identify causal pathways in cancer research and children’s health,” said Mihai Surdeanu, co-founder of “It achieves levels of interpretation and precision that are statistically similar to humans, but unlike humans who can become fatigued and bored, the computer’s process is sustainable for an unlimited number of papers,” added Surdeanu.

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