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Soil Health Institute Announces Action Plan

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) unveiled Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life, An Action Plan for Soil Health on May 18 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The nationwide plan evolved after four years of stakeholder input, beginning with the Soil Renaissance in 2013. Agricultural industry thought leaders, farmers, ranchers, scientists, government agency leaders, and non-governmental organizations provided input into the plan, which will be used to drive advancements in soil health. To see a video of the release please click here.

To watch a playback of the presentation visit: https://youtu.be/hZlxJCfqDyE
View and Download the Action Plan here:https://soilhealthinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Action-Plan.pdf

Soil Health Action Plan

“The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a leading resource for science-based soil health information, will unveil the national Soil Health Action Plan at 9 a.m., May 18.

“The nationwide plan evolved after four years of stakeholder input, beginning with the Soil Renaissance in 2013. Agricultural industry thought leaders, farmers, ranchers, scientists, government agency leaders, and non-governmental organizations provided input into the plan, which will be used to drive advancements in soil health.

“Speakers will include Wayne Honeycutt, President and CEO of the Soil Health Institute; Bill Buckner, President and CEO of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; Keith Alverson, a 6th generation farmer who serves as a member of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association; Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Jerry Lynch, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of General Mills; and Michael Doane, Director of Working Lands, The Nature Conservancy. Bruce Knight, Principal and Founder of Strategic Conservation Solutions, will moderate the event.”

Read the full announcement here: http://www.press.org/events/soil-health-institute-unveils-national-soil-health-action-plan

Can’t make it to the National Soil Health Action Plan announcement at 9 a.m., May 18? Watch live online.

General Mills Backing Soil Health Program

“Several organizations have come together on a program to enhance farm sustainability through soil health. And they are very happy to announce additional backing from a major food manufacturer – General Mills. These organizations are working to advance soil health on America’s farms and ranches, paving the way for measurable economic and environmental gains for farmers, businesses and communities for generations to come.

To help ensure soil health, General Mills has made a three-year, $2 million commitment to The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Institute and Soil Health Partnership to support the development of tools and resources for farmers, landowners, and supply chain leaders to achieve widespread adoption of soil health practices.”

Read full article at: http://agwired.com/2017/04/26/general-mills-backing-soil-health-program/

Food and Conservation Groups Invest in Soil to Sustain Food Production

“MINNEAPOLIS, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A national effort to enhance farm sustainability through soil health has additional backing from a major consumer foods manufacturer. Leaders from General Mills, The Nature Conservancy, the Soil Health Institute and the Soil Health Partnership announce a collaborative effort to advance soil health on America’s farms and ranches, paving the way for measurable economic and environmental gains for farmers, businesses and communities for generations to come.”

Read the full article at: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/food-and-conservation-groups-invest-in-soil-to-sustain-food-production-300442878.html?tc=eml_cleartime

Farmers improve soil health, increase productivity

“The Soil Health Institute estimates farmers manage some 70 percent of the land in the United States and the individual decisions they make on a daily basis influences soil, air and water quality and other natural resources.

The Soil Health Institute was launched in 2013 in Morrisville, N.C. Wayne Honeycutt, president and CEO of the institute, said the mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. Conducting work that is economically viable and increases productivity for farmers and ranchers is vital, he said.

“Increasingly farmers are more innovative,” Honeycutt said during a forum on improving soil health at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park Feb. 22.”

 

Read the Full article: http://www.southeastfarmpress.com/cover-crops/farmers-improve-soil-health-increase-productivity

Help Us Create a Research Site Master List

Dear Friends,

The Soil Health Institute requests your assistance in cataloging long-term (≥ 10 years) agricultural experiment sites in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Once compiled, this database will be made publicly accessible for building teams and planning agricultural research requiring inter-institutional collaboration on large scales, including soil health. Only a minimal amount of information is requested. Please submit your site’s information on the page provided by clicking here or on the button below.

Thank you for helping advance the science of soil health!

Appreciatively,
Wayne

C. Wayne Honeycutt, Ph.D.
President and CEO
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