Our Mission


Our Mission

Safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement.

Our Vision

The Soil Health Institute will be the primary resource for soil health information and research. Its outcomes will yield healthy, sustainable soils to serve as the foundation for society, benefit the environment and contribute to the productivity and profitability of agriculture.

Our Values

We believe that healthy soil is the foundation of life and society, and should be treated as an irreplaceable resource. We believe that knowledge advancement and research will improve soil health and sustain the earth’s most valuable asset.

Our Call to Action

The Soil Health Institute is an independent, non-profit organization charged with coordinating and supporting soil stewardship and advancing soil health. The Institute’s leaders recognize that soil health must emerge as the cornerstone of land use management decisions throughout the world. Its stakeholders respect that agriculture is vital to civilization. Nations throughout history have risen through the benefits of healthy soil, and no civilization has lasted if it could not feed its people. Yet, due to a number of factors, our soil is degrading.

Now is the time for farmers, ranchers, researchers, academia, legislators, government agencies, industry, and environmental groups to invest in our soil like never before. Together, we can unify, restore and protect this land, so it may enrich our lives.

The Institute will:

  • Build research/implementation strategies & corresponding networks/synergies
  • Obtain funding to address research/implementation gaps
  • Administer an accountable, transparent, and technically proficient grants program
  • Ensure impact of investments
  • Incorporate research results into educational materials
  • Enhance partnerships and data access for increasing technology transfer and adoption


The Institute’s leaders are committed to these research principles:

  • Integrated science approach
  • Science-based
  • Partnership driven
  • Purposeful outcomes with measurable impacts
  • Transparent and open sourced
  • Inclusive and representative
  • Communications at all levels
  • Continuing evaluation and improvement