The U.S. agricultural sector emits approximately 582 million metric tonnes CO2e per year (EPA). Accordingly, USDA-NRCS has identified 29 conservation practices that reduce agricultural GHG emissions, many of which are the same practices used to improve soil health. However, achieving net zero emissions for U.S. agriculture requires significant increases in soil health practice adoption.
Research shows that improving soil health increases carbon sequestration, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases drought resilience, enhances water quality, boosts crop yield, increases nutrient availability, provides pollinator habitat, and suppresses many plant diseases. Yet today, less than 5% of cropland in the U.S. is managed using the basic soil health practice of cover cropping. To bring these on-farm and environmental benefits to scale, the Soil Health Institute provides information land managers need to know when adopting management systems to improve soil health, as described in our Theory of Change and Strategic Goals below.
Theory of Change
Healthy Soils Are Fundamental for
Life On Earth
Your gift to the Soil Health Institute supports the adoption of regenerative soil health systems that store carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality, increase farm profitability, build drought resilience, increase nutrient availability, provide pollinator habitat, and suppress many plant diseases.
Together, in partnership with hundreds of organizations, the Soil Health Institute is addressing the needs of farmers, ranchers, conservationists, policymakers, and society by Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life.