Organizations Meet to Define Roles, Establish Greater Soil Health Collaboration

Ten organizations with major interests and initiatives in soil health met October 26-27 at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma to identify synergies, develop working partnerships to bring soil health efforts to scale and establish a clear path forward for collaboration.

At its conclusion, participating organizations unanimously agreed to establish a coordinating coalition to help optimize the impact of efforts and provide clarity and strength to our respective priorities and missions. Participants currently are working to develop a vision statement and statement of purpose for the coalition. A next step will include engaging key public sector partners.

Representatives from organizations that gathered on Oct. 26-27 at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, OK (L-R): Sheldon Jones, Soil Health Institute; Rob Myers, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education; Michael Doane, The Nature Conservancy; Jim Gulliford, Soil and Water Conservation Society; Steve Shafer, Soil Health Institute; Byron Rath, Soil Health Institute; Jerry Hatfield, Tri-Societies; Chad Watts, Conservation Technology Information Center; Larry Clemens, The Nature Conservancy; Karl Anderson, Tri-Societies; Jeremy Peters, National Association of Conservation Districts; Nick Goeser, Soil Health Partnership; Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute; Lara Moody, The Fertilizer Institute; Cristine Morgan, Global Soil Security; and Beth Mason, National Association of Conservation Districts.