Spring Newsletter

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) today released a new issue of Soil Health News, which:

  • Summarizes the Core Values of the Institute;
  • announces a new journal article, “Introducing the North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements,” which describes the rationale, approach, and methods used in SHI’s continental-scale, collaborative soil health research project;
  • updates information on SHI’s two-pronged approach for assessing the business case that integrates economic results from long-term agricultural research sites with farmer interviews to provide greater insight into the returns of soil health management systems;
  • highlights cotton farmers’ experiences with soil health management systems in Arkansas; and
  • outlines improvements to SHI’s Soil Health Research Landscape Tool, the online library and search engine of soil health-related research papers, reports, and other publications, which now includes more than 13,000 references to help scientists, industry leaders, producers, policy makers and anyone interested in soil health locate pertinent research articles.

Read the newsletter here.

Farmers, Scientists, and Ag Industry to Advance the Science and Practicality of Soil Health

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a non-profit organization charged with safeguarding and enhancing the vitality and productivity of soil, today released its 5th Annual Meeting Agenda. Registration is open for Soil Health: The Foundation for Regenerative Agriculture, SHI’s first-ever virtual annual meeting. There is no registration fee; however, registration is required to attend. The online meeting will be held July 30 and 31, 2020.

The annual meeting will host 28 distinguished panelists and speakers, including farmers, soil scientists, food manufacturing leaders, and policy experts. The keynote will be provided by Jay Watson, Sourcing Sustainability Engagement Manager at General Mills, Inc., who leads General Mills, Inc.’s greenhouse gas reduction and regenerative agriculture commitments.

Among the meeting topics:

  • Comprehensive Strategy for Advancing Soil Health
  • Determining Effective Measurements of Soil Health
  • Dimensions of Adoption
  • Filling the Economics Gap for Farmers
  • Soil Health Policies and Programs in Action

In addition to the plenary sessions, a virtual Video Poster Session will feature up to 80 3-minute video research presentations.

“The level of enthusiasm we have received for Soil Health: The Foundation for Regenerative Agriculture is very inspiring,” said Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, SHI president and CEO. “We are excited at the opportunity for reaching a broad, and hopefully global, audience with the latest information for advancing the science and practicality of soil health.”

For more information and to register for the annual meeting, please visit https://soilhealthinstitute.org/annual-meeting-2020/.

SHI Opens Call for Video Poster Submissions

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) has opened its call for submissions for the virtual Video Poster Session at their 5th Annual Meeting, July 30-31, 2020. Submissions must be received through the Video Poster Submission form, accompanied by a signed Video Poster Session Author Authorization and Release Agreement submitted by email, no later than 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (PT), Tuesday June 23, 2020. Interested video poster authors must also register to attend the conference.

Due to the virtual nature of the meeting, SHI is seeking 3-minute video submissions in lieu of a poster. Video submissions must be self-contained, self-explanatory, scientifically rigorous, and relevant to soil health. To optimize attendee experience and interactivity with presenters, the video poster session is limited to 80 videos. Presenters will be notified by July 10, 2020, regarding acceptance.

Interested researchers are asked to read the Call for Video Posters in full for a listing of submission guidelines and presentation requirements.

For questions about the video poster session, video preparation or submission, contact us at info@soilhealthinstitute.org with the subject line “SHI2020 Video Poster Session”.

CDFA’S 2020 HEALTHY SOILS INCENTIVES PROGRAM

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has selected 316 Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentives Program projects for grant awards totaling approximately $22.06 million. The program encourages farmers and ranchers to implement on-farm practices that improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sequester carbon in soils.

The 2020 HSP Incentives Program funding cycle was the first time applications were accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of June 26 or until funds were expended, whichever came first. CDFA closed the application period on May 15, 2020, having reached the award threshold six weeks prior to the final deadline. During the application period, 578 applications requesting $37.87 million had been received. The selected 2020 projects will build soil health on more than an estimated 30,700 acres of California agricultural lands and reduce GHGs by an estimated 73,800 tons per year.

Read the full article here: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/Press_Releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=20-065