Registration is open for a conference to explore the connections between soil health and human health! Together we will create an interdisciplinary, collaborative research roadmap to further advance our understanding of those relationships.
Kickstarter Conference to Create a Research Collaboration Roadmap
Make relevant connections between soil and human health sciences;
Identify promising research opportunities;
Build interdisciplinary teams to address those research needs; and
Propose funding mechanisms that will lead to scientific findings that benefit the health of agricultural systems, the environment, and the public.
To facilitate meaningful, interactive dialogue, the conference is limited to 200 attendees. Registration is open until filled, or until October 6, whichever comes first, and the cost of registration is $300.
A Catalog of Academic, State Agency and Legislative Policies & Programs to Advance Soil Health
Soil health policies are growing in number and importance across the United States but are widely dispersed across a variety of academic institutions, state agencies and legislative bodies. This catalog brings these policy efforts together to facilitate cross-pollination, learning and coordination.
Robert Foster of Middlebury, VT, is one of four 2018 inductees to the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame –
He was recognized for Lifetime Achievement: 30+ years of Outstanding Service to Vermont Agriculture. Foster, a member of the Soil Health Institute’s Board of Directors, is a partner in Foster Brothers Farm, a fifth-generation dairy.
Foster chairs the Board of Advisors of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont. He served 37 years as a director on the Agrimark Board of Directors.
“Bob has been a soil health leader for decades, and he is very deserving of this recognition,” Wayne Honeycutt, President and CEO of the Soil Health Institute, said.
A proponent of bioenergy, Foster and his family were among the first to install an anaerobic digester on their farm. The Fosters also developed one of the largest compost companies in New England. They gather residual nutrients from their own and neighbors’ farms, process manure for use as fertilizer, blend the different formulas together, and distribute the resulting product through their company, Vermont Natural Ag Products, as MOO™ Doo. Currently, they provide fertilizer and soil amendments throughout New England.
“I know our soil health family joins us in congratulating Bob on this lifetime achievement,” Honeycutt said.