Economics of Soil Health to be Assessed across North America

“Management practices that improve soil health can be good for the farm and the environment, but farmers need information on economics when deciding whether to adopt these practices. To address this critical issue, Cargill and the Soil Health Institute have announced a new partnership to assess, demonstrate and communicate the economics of soil health management systems across North America.

““At Cargill, we’re committed to helping farmers increase their productivity so that we can nourish a growing population. We work with partners like The Soil Health Institute to give farmers the tools and resources they need to bring greater sustainability to their operations, while ensuring their productivity,” said Ryan Sirolli, global row crop sustainability director, Cargill. “Farmers are looking for a more robust picture of the economic benefits of investing in soil health on their farms. By partnering with the Soil Health Institute, we will be able to provide the research and insight they need to understand how investing in soil health can provide both financial and environmental benefits. Together, we can help farmers build drought resilience, increase yield stability, reduce nutrient loss and increase carbon sequestration.””

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Spring Newsletter 2019

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Join Us for the Soil Health Institute’s Information-Packed 2019 Annual Meeting

This year’s theme is Soil Health-A Global Imperative, reflecting just how critically imminent it is that we safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils to address food, water, climate, wildlife, fiber, fuel, and other global issues.

You will learn about:

  • Where we go next for exploring soil health-human health relationships,
  • Identifying the best indicators of soil health across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,
  • New state and federal programs and policies for supporting soil health,
  • Latest research in understanding and managing the soil microbiome,
  • Filling the economics information gap for farmers,
  • Training programs to assist farmers with adopting soil health systems,
  • Adapting soil health principles in rangeland systems,
  • Ecosystem service markets for the environmental benefits attributed through soil health, and
  • Soil stewardship as the “Great Connector.”

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Soil Health Institute Releases 4th Annual Meeting Agenda

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, May. 15, 2019 – The Soil Health Institute (SHI) today released its 4th Annual Meeting Agenda. The meeting, SOIL HEALTH: A Global Imperative, will be July 16 – 18 at the Hyatt Regency, Sacramento, Calif.

Almost 30 speakers will address a range of soil health topics, including soil health’s link to better human health as well as the economic impact of soil health promoting practices. Attendees will be first to learn the initial results from the North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements, a major initiative to sample 122 long-term research sites across Canada, United States, and Mexico in order to evaluate 31 indicators of soil health. The project includes evaluating several biological measurements of soil health, such as phospholipid fatty acids and metagenomics to assess soil microbial communities, along with several indicators of the processes they influence.

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