Policy Catalog

Soil Health Policy Resources Catalog

Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, President & CEO of the Soil Health Institute, leads efforts to connect soil health researchers to current policies and programs.

A Catalog of State Level Policy Resources
 
Soil health policies are growing in number and importance across the United States but are widely dispersed across a variety of academic institutions, state agencies, legislative bodies, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. This catalog brings these policy efforts together to facilitate cross-pollination, learning and coordination to help agricultural leaders find action-focused resources quickly.
 
The catalog is organized by the following components:

2018 Farm Bill resources are also provided.

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) would like to thank Jamie Fanous, Emily Liss, and Katie Harrigan for their work on this catalog. We would also like to thank Dr. Timothy Griffin of Tufts University and Dr. Rob Myers of USDA-SARE for their leadership on the SHI Policy Action Team in developing this catalog.

SHI invites you to assist in identifying additional academic, state agency, legislative initiatives, non-profit, and for-profit resources related to soil health. Please nominate new efforts using the form at the bottom of the page.

Legislative

Bill Code Bill Title State Summary Related Bill Status
SB.1350 California’s Healthy Soils Initiative (HSI) (Agricultural Lands: Greenhouse Gases: Healthy Soils Program) CA SB.1350 establishes the Healthy Soils Program (HSP), which is funded from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, and is intended to improve soil health. The program provides financial assistance for incentivizing and developing conservation agriculture management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gasses, and improve soil health. The HSP is a product of the California Healthy Soils Initiative, a coalition of state agencies and departments that promote the development of healthy soils on California's farmland. Similar to: SB. 859, which continued the Healthy Soils Program and was passed in September 2016. Passed - Adopted February 2016; HSI launched 2017; Funded and implemented in 2019
AB.409 Agriculture Climate Adaptation Tools Program CA AB.409 requires a state department or agency to develop and administer the Agriculture Climate Adaptation Tools Program to provide funding grants for activities for adapting to climate change and developing resiliency strategies in agriculture. This includes adaptation and strategies that increase water retention in soils, improve crop and forage yields, provide energy and water savings, etc. Pending - Held under submission in committee on Aug 30, 2019
SB.253 Environmental Farming Incentive Program CA SB.253 establishes and creates the California Environmental Farming Incentive Program to support on-farm practices that optimize environmental benefits while economically supporting agriculture through incentives, education and outreach. The Program may also fund on-farm demonstration projects. The bill emphasizes practices and projects that provide agronomic and environmental co-benefits such as water quantity and quality, and improved fish and wildlife habitat. Pending - Held under submission in committee on Aug 30, 2019
HB.06647 An Act Establishing A Regenerative Agriculture Program CT HB.06647 requires the Commissioner of Agriculture to adopt regulations that require the achievement of minimum carbon and water content for soil that is used to meet the generally accepted practice standards of regenerative agriculture. The purpose of this bill is to establish a regenerative agriculture program in the state that will improve soil health, conservation, rainwater absorption, drought resiliency, and water quality. Pending - Public Hearing on March 18, 2019
HB.1578 HB 1578 Relating to Climate Change HI HB 1578 develops a task force within the Office of Planning to identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and increase carbon sequestration. Passed - Signed into law on June 6, 2017; on effect July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2025
HB.1505 HD1 Farmer Apprentice Mentoring Program; Whole Farm System; Appropriation HI HB.1505 creates a farmer apprentice mentoring program to improve food security and self-sufficiency. The program will teach farmers about methods to improve soil health through whole farm systems that: use sustainable agricultural practices, recycle locally available organic plant and animal organic nutrients, and use other ecological practices. SB.1544 Pending - Referred to House Committee on Finance on February 15, 2019
SB.1544 Farmer Apprentice Mentoring Program; Whole Farm System; Appropriation HI SB.1544 creates a farmer apprentice mentoring program to improve food security and self-sufficiency. The program will teach farmers about methods to improve soil health through whole farm systems that: use sustainable agricultural practices, recycle locally available organic plant and animal organic nutrients, and use other ecological practices. HB.1505 Pending - Report adopted; Passed Second Reading and referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee on February 8, 2019
HSB.78 Property Tax Exemption for agricultural Land planted in Cover Crops IA HSB.78 establishes a partial property tax exemption for certain agricultural land planted with cover crops, providea penalties, and includes applicability provisions. SSB.1123 Pending - Subcommittee Meeting on January 31, 2019
SSB.1123 Property Tax Exemption for agricultural Land planted in Cover Crops IA SSB.1123 establishes a partial property tax exemption for certain agricultural land planted with cover crops, providea penalties, and includes applicability provisions. HSB.1123 Pending - Subcommittee Meeting February 7, 2019
HF.102 An Act for a Statewide Soil resource health and monitoring system IA HF.102 proposes an act to provide for a statewide soil resource health and recovery monitoring system in order to measure, analyze, and track soil health regarding the continued capacity of the state's soils to permanently sustain plant and animal life. Pending - Introduced on January 24, 2019; Referred to House Environmental Protection Committee
HF.735 An act relating to the management of soil and water resources, including projects described in the Iowa nutrient reduction strategy, and the use of a county tax levy. IA HF.735 allows the powers of soil and water conservation districts and commissioners to carry out soil erosion control, water resource protection and restoration, etc. This bill clarifies that authorized projects for water protection include support of soil erosion control, water resource protection and restoration, as well as projects that work to reduce or eliminate pollution caused by agricultural drainage, sedimentation, or chemical pollutants. This bill allows the annual levy tax to be used for financial assistance for such projects. Pending - Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee; last action March 25, 2019
HF.103 A bill for an act creating an agricultural land, soils, water quality, and farm tenure initiative committee IA HF.103 establishes the sustainable agricultural land, soils, water quality, and farm tenure initiative committee in order to study methods and make recommendations to improve the manner in which farm tenants leasing land may profitably grow agricultural products while preserving and enhancing the state’s natural resources. This committee conducts a review of rules, statues and court decisions revolving around leasing agricultural land, and agricultural practices. The committee also compiles recommendations for protecting and improving soil health and water quality on leased agricultural lands. Pending - Introduced on January 24, 2019; Referred to House Environmental Protection Committee
HB.406 An Act requiring water quality plans for persons receiving financial assistance for establishing soil and water conservation plans IA HB.406 requires that a person execute a water quality plan as a condition for receiving financial assistance for establishing a soil and water conservation practice. The plan covers practices such as land use changes, practices that limit sediment and nutrient run-off or leaching, tillage practices, etc. The plan must be based on a crop field water quality model developed by the Iowa nutrient research center with the goal of reducing agricultural non-point source pollution by 41% for nitrogen and 29% for phosphorus. Pending - Introduced on February 18, 2019; Referred to House Environmental Protection Committee
HB.2737 Amends the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act IL HB.2737 amends the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act. This amendment provides that the purposes of soil and water conservation districts include the conservation of soil health, organic matter in soil and plants, and water quality (rather than just water); and the improvement of resilience to droughts, floods, and other extreme weather. This amendment defines "soil health" and allows districts to initiate and conduct specified activities regarding improvement of soil health, including: surveys; investigations; research; development of comprehensive plans; entering into agreements with or cooperating with other entities; and making agricultural and engineering machinery and equipment available to landowners or occupiers within the district. SB.1980 Passed - Approved by Governor on August 23, 2019; in effect as of January 1, 2020
HB.2819 Amends the Department of Natural Resources Act IL HB.2819 amends the Department of Natural Resources Act. This amendment provides that the Department of Natural Resources may require the establishment of soil health practices on leases of land used for agricultural purposes Pending - Tabled on April 3, 2019
SB.1980 Amends the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act IL SB.1980 amends the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act. This amendment provides that the purposes of soil and water conservation districts include the conservation of soil health, organic matter in soil and plants, and water quality (rather than just water); and the improvement of resilience to droughts, floods, and other extreme weather. This amendment defines "soil health" and allows districts to initiate and conduct specified activities regarding improvement of soil health, including: surveys; investigations; research; development of comprehensive plans; entering into agreements with or cooperating with other entities; and making agricultural and engineering machinery and equipment available to landowners or occupiers within the district. HB.2737 Passed - Approved by Governor on August 23, 2019; in effect as of January 1, 2020
SB.1663 For legislation relative to stormwater management and climate change adaptation incentives. Revenue. MA SB.1663 proposes a tax exemption for land that satisfies certain requirements for stormwater management, carbon sequestration, soil health, biodiversity, ecological service, etc. Pending - In Joint Revenue Committee; Joint hearing on July 10, 2019
H.873 An Act to promote healthy soils and agricultural innovation within the Commonwealth MA H.873 proposes an act to promote healthy soil practices in agricultural production. This Act establishes and advances a healthy soils program developed and implemented by the Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources for the purposes of financial assistance, research, technical assistance, education and outreach to farmers whose management practices will contribute to healthy soils and agricultural innovation and result in net long-term on-farm greenhouse gas benefits. This Act establishes a separate fund known as the Massachusetts Healthy Soils Program Fund administered by the executive office of energy and the environment. S.438 Pending - Accompanying bill (S.2402) reported to Senate on November 14, 2019
S.438 An Act to promote healthy soils and agricultural innovation within the Commonwealth MA S.438 proposes an act to promote healthy soil practices in agricultural production. This Act establishes and advances a healthy soils program developed and implemented by the Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources for the purposes of financial assistance, research, technical assistance, education and outreach to farmers whose management practices will contribute to healthy soils and agricultural innovation and result in net long-term on-farm greenhouse gas benefits. This Act establishes a separate fund known as the Massachusetts Healthy Soils Program Fund administered by the executive office of energy and the environment. H.873 Pending - Accompanying bill (S.2402) reported to Senate on November 14, 2019
S.2402 An Act promoting healthy soils for reducing greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change in the Commonwealth MA S.2402 is a new draft of S.438 and H.873, which proposes an act to promote healthy soil practices in agricultural production. This Act establishes and advances a healthy soils program developed and implemented by the Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources for the purposes of financial assistance, research, technical assistance, education and outreach to farmers whose management practices will contribute to healthy soils and agricultural innovation and result in net long-term on-farm greenhouse gas benefits. This Act establishes a separate fund known as the Massachusetts Healthy Soils Program Fund administered by the executive office of energy and the environment. Pending - Referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee on November 14, 2019
HB.1063 Maryland Healthy Soils Program MD HB 1063 establishes a program to provide incentives for research, education, and technical assistance on developing healthy soils on Maryland farmland. Passed - Signed into law on May 1, 2017; in effect as of October 1, 2017
HB.687 Agriculture - Cost-Sharing Program - Fixed Natural Filter Practices MD Prohibiting the use of certain cost-sharing funds to fund a conservation practice that does not meet certain requirements; authorizing certain cost-sharing funds to be made available for certain fixed natural filter practices; etc. Pending - Introduced on January 30, 2020
HB.1176 Agriculture - Maryland Healthy Soils Grant Program MD Establishing the Maryland Healthy Soils Grant Program to provide funds to eligible grantees to administer projects to improve the health, yield, and profitability of soils of the State. Pending - Introduced on February 7, 2020
HR.0084 A resolution to declare April 28-May 5, 2019, as Soil and Water Stewardship Week in the state of Michigan. MI HR.0084 declares April 28-May 5, 2019, as Soil and Water Stewardship Week in the state of Michigan. This bill encourages all citizens to recognize and celebrate. Passed - Adopted on May 1, 2019
SB.1637 Working lands drinking water protection pilot program and appropriation MN SB 1637 creates a working lands pilot program for drinking water protection. This bill includes goals of increasing cover crops and perennial crops to improve soil health and water quality, carbon storage, habitat and rural economy. HF 1569 Pending - Tabled in Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee on March 20, 2019
HF.1569 Drinking water protection pilot program established, and money appropriated. MN HF 1569 creates a working lands pilot program for drinking water protection. This bill includes goals of increasing cover crops and perennial crops to improve soil health and water quality, carbon storage, habitat and rural economy. SB.1637 Pending - Tabled in House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division on March 11, 2019
SF.1418 Board of Water and Soil Resources Soil Health statewide action plan funding provided and money appropriated MN SF 1418 proposes funding to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to prepare a statewide action plan for soil health that would make recommendations on practices, research and outreach relating to the protection and improvement of statewide soil health for agricultural and water quality purposes. HF.1609. Pending - Referred to Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee on March 18, 2019
HF.1609 Board of Water and Soil Resources Soil Health statewide action plan funding provided and money appropriated MN HF 1609 proposes funding to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to prepare a statewide action plan for soil health that would make recommendations on practices, research and outreach relating to the protection and improvement of statewide soil health for agricultural and water quality purposes. SF.1418. Pending - Returned to House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division on March 4, 2019
LB.243 Create the Healthy Soils Task Force and add a Use for a Fund NE LB.243 outlines that healthy soils are an important resource for the state, and means increasing soil organic matter, and diversifying its microbial community to enhance productivity and resilience. Improved soil health is the most effective way for the state's producers to improve their productivity while also protecting the natural environment. The state finds that improved planning and coordination is needed to speed up the adoption of conservation practices that improve soil health. Thus, the state creates the Task Force, which includes specified representatives from the state, producers, and agribusiness. The Task Force will: Develop a Healthy Soils Initiative for the state, and an action plan. The action plan will include examining: financial incentives to farmers for soil health, the role of livestock in soil health, etc. Passed - Approved by Governor on April 17, 2019
LB. 729 Adopt the Soil Health and Productivity Incentive Act NE LB.729, the Soil Health and Productivity Incentive Act, is intended to improve soil health and productivity throughout the state through the planting of diverse cover crops, incentivizing farmers to plant cover crops, increasing farmer yields and profitability through improved soil health farming practices, and improving degraded waterways to protect the public's health through increased water filtration with the application of cover crops. The act gives financial incentives to farmers to plant cover crops, up to $20/acre planted in a single cover crop species and up to $45/acre for multi-species cover crops. Pending - Agriculture Committee Hearing on February 19, 2019
LB.283 Provide for a climate change study NE LB.283 is a bill for an Act relating to climate; to provide duties for the University of Nebraska; to transfer funds; to require reports. The Bill proposes that the University of Nebraska develop a data-driven strategic action plan to provide methods of adapting to and mitigating against climate change. This includes an examination of areas that may impact soil health such as agriculture, water resources, ecosystems and forestry, as well as other social and public health sectors. This Act would provide funding, support, and access to expert resources to the University Nebraska. Pending - Executive Board hearing on February 11, 2019
HB. 204 Healthy Soil Act NM HB.204 creates the Healthy Soils Program to promote and support farming and ranching systems and other forms of land management that increase soil organic matter, carbon content, aggregate stability, microbiology and water retention to improve the health, yield and profitability of the soils of the state. The Act promotes a healthy soil assessment, education program, and a grants program. A total of $375,000 has been committed for the first year, to establish and begin implementation of the Healthy Soils Program at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA). Funding will go towards outreach and education, grants for service providers to provide technical assistance to producers and land managers to advance soil health, and soil health stewardship. Passed - Signed by Governor on April 2, 2019
SM.75 Soil & Water Conservation District Day NM SM.75 declares February 20, 2019 as "Soil and Water Conservation District Day" in the Senate and recognition must be extended to people who work to protect the soil and water environment in New Mexico. Passed - Signed by one or both houses on February 25, 2019
SB.4875 Carbon Farming Act NY SB.4875 establishes a tax credit for farmers who maximize carbon sequestration potential through a "carbon farming" land management strategy; directs the Department of Environmental Conservation to develop regulations related to certifying the amount of carbon sequestered or emissions reduced. A.2718 Pending - Referred to Senate Agriculture Committee on March 28, 2019
A.02718 Carbon Farming Act NY A.2718 establishes a tax credit for farmers who maximize carbon sequestration potential through a "carbon farming" land management strategy; directs the Department of Environmental Conservation to develop regulations related to certifying the amount of carbon sequestered or emissions reduced. SB.4875 Pending - Referred to Assembly Agriculture Committee on January 25, 2019
A05334-A Green New Deal NY AB.5334 establishes a green new deal for New York task force; requires such task force to develop a detailed statewide, industrial, economic mobilization plan for the transition of the New York economy to become greenhouse gas emissions neutral by 2030 and to significantly draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and oceans and to promote economic and environmental justice and equality. Includes language regarding improving soil health for the purposes of improved agriculture, and for increased carbon storage. Pending - Recommitted to Environmental Conservation Committee on March 21, 2019
HB.1192 Oklahoma Carbon Sequestration Enhancement Act OK HB.1192 focuses on improving carbon sequestration capacity on agricultural lands. The bill establishes a program to improve agricultural practices to help offset the impacts of carbon dioxide emissions on the atmosphere. Passed - Certification program went into effect July 1, 2009
HB.2020 Relating to greenhouse gas emissions; declaring an emergency. OR HB.2020 establishes the Climate Policy Office within Oregon Department of Administrative Services and directs office to adopt Oregon Climate Action Program by rule. The bill modifies statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. The bill establishes Joint Committee on Climate Action. The bill establishes purposes of Oregon Climate Action Program and provisions for investment of moneys received by state as proceeds from auctions conducted under program. The bill requires program to place cap on greenhouse gas emissions that are regulated emissions and to provide market-based mechanism for covered entities to demonstrate compliance with program. The bill declares emergency, effective on passage. Pending - In Senate Committee on Rules
SB1507 A Relating to greenhouse gas emissions; prescribing an effective date. OR SB1507 A requires the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt a rule program that reduces Statewide greenhouse gas emissions to levels that are at least 20% below 1990 levels, by the year 2025; at least 45% below 1990 levels by 2035; and at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The bill requires the Environmental Quality Commission to provide a market-based mechanism for covered entities to demonstrate compliance. The bill establishes a Joint Legislative Committee on Climate. Pending - In Senate Committee on Rules
SB.634 Conservation Excellence Grant Program PA SB.634 provides additional financial and technical assistance for farmers to install best management practices on their land. The bill places emphasis on financial assistance for addressing water resource concerns by prioritizing counties based on their Chesapeake Bay county tier designating by the EPA. The bill provides financial assistance that covers practices such as nutrient management plans, erosions and sedimentation plans, cover crops, etc. HB.1517 Passed - Signed by Governor on July 1, 2019
HB.1517 Conservation Excellence Grant Program PA HB.1517 provides additional financial and technical assistance for farmers to install best management practices on their land. The bill places emphasis on financial assistance for addressing water resource concerns by prioritizing counties based on their Chesapeake Bay county tier designating by the EPA. The bill provides financial assistance that covers practices such as nutrient management plans, erosions and sedimentation plans, cover crops, etc. SB.634 Pending - Referred to Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on June 20, 2019
HB.1526 Providing for Agriculture-Linked Investment Program and other amendments and repeals PA HB.1526 establishes a Agriculture-Linked Investment Program, which offers low-interest capital in exchange for the implementation of approved agricultural best practices that prevent soil erosion, conserve the land, water, and natural resources, prevent nutrient run-off, etc. Practices covered under the Program may include conservation tillage, crop rotation, soil testing, erosion and sedimentation plans, etc. Passed - Approved by Governor on July 1, 2019
HCR.8 HCR.8 Concurrent Resolution on Carbon Sequestration on Rangelands UT HCR.8 declares that improving soil health is a primary means of sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide. The resolution calls upon the legislature and federal government to implement management practices that increase soil carbon sequestration and to develop comprehensive plans to achieve the maximum amount of carbon sequestration possible in ways that will increase the economic and environmental productivity of rangelands. The resolution asks for other states and the President of the US to implement improved soil health as a means of carbon sequestration. Passed - Signed by Governor on March 25, 2015
S.43 An act relating to establishing a regenerative soils program VT S.43 establishes the Vermont Regenerative Soils Program to include increasing carbon sequestration, reducing sedimentation into waters, and promoting cost-effective and healthy soil management. The act create a Director of Regenerative Soils to implement the program and certify qualified farmers for the regenerative agriculture certification. Goals include: increase in topsoil; increase in percentage of organic material in soil; and implementation of soil testing programs to test for carbon, nitrogen, other factors. Pending - Referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on January 24, 2017
H.661 An Act Relating to Regenerative Organic Farming VT H.661 proposes to establish the Regenerative Organic Transition Assistance Program which provides technical and financial assistance to Vermont farmers seeking to transition from conventional farming to regenerative organic farming. Pending - Referred to House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on January 18, 2018
SB.160 An act relating to agricultural development VT SB.160 directs the Secretary of Agriculture Food and Markets to convene a Soil Conservation Practice and Payment for Ecosystem Services Working Group to recommend financial incentives for farmers to implement practices to improve soil health, enhance crop resilience, and reduce runoff. The Act creates the Vermont Forest Carbon Sequestration Working Group to study how to facilitate enrollment of Vermont forestlands in carbon sequestration markets. Passed - Signed by Governor on June 20, 2019
H.525 An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects VT H.525 proposes to make multiple miscellaneous amendments to agricultural subjects including the creation of an Environmental Stewardship Program to enhance the economic viability of farms, improve soil health and productivity, encourage regenerative farming practices, and reduce agricultural waste entering waters. This Act also creates a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program to
provide financial assistance for alternative nutrient reduction practices. The act
creates the Agricultural Environmental Management Program to provide financial assistance for alternative nutrient reduction practices.
Passed - Approved by Governor on June 17, 2019
SB.5947 Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program WA SB.5947 requires the Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to develop a sustainable farms and fields grant program. The bill requires that certain activities be eligible for grants, including on-farm fossil fuel input efficiency measures, agroforestry, and carbon farming. The bill requires the WSDA to report biennially to the Legislature on the performance of the program. HB.2095 Pending - Returned to Senate Committee on Rules for third reading on April 28, 2019
HB.2095 Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program. WA HB.2095 requires the Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to develop a sustainable farms and fields grant program. The bill requires that certain activities be eligible for grants, including on-farm fossil fuel input efficiency measures, agroforestry, and carbon farming. The bill requires the WSDA to report biennially to the Legislature on the performance of the program. SB.5947 Pending - Referred to Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Committee on February 19, 2019
SR.59 A resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal US SR.59 recognizes the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal. This resolution calls for the creation of a Green New Deal with the goals of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; establishing millions of high-wage jobs and ensuring economic security for all; investing in infrastructure and industry; securing clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment for all; and promoting justice and equality. The resolution calls for accomplishment of these goals through a 10-year national mobilization effort. The resolution also enumerates the goals and projects of the mobilization effort, including removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors, etc. The resolution includes language about carbon sequestration in healthy soil, and investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health. Pending - Referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on February 7, 2019
HR.4892 Collaborative Water and Soil Enhancement Act of 2018 US HR.4892 amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to establish requirements for Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs regarding: nutrient and soil health management, and source water protection. In carrying out the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, USDA must: enroll at least five million acres annually in watersheds where nutrient delivery to hypoxic (low oxygen) zones is highest; encourage water quality or water quantity practices that protect source waters for drinking water (including protecting against public health threats) while also benefitting agricultural producers; collaborate with community water systems and state technical committees to identify local priority areas for the protection of source waters for drinking water; and offer increased incentives and higher cost-share rates for water quality or water quantity practices that result in benefits that primarily occur outside of the land on which the practices are implemented; and reserve at least 10% of the funds or acres available for the programs to target the most effective practices for improving the quality or quantity of source water. USDA must also provide a streamlined certification process for third-party technical service providers that have certain certifications from the American Society of Agronomy. Pending - Referred to the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry on February 8, 2019
S.2452 Climate Stewardship Act 2019 US The Climate Stewardship Act of 2019 aims to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration by planting more trees across federal, state, local, tribal and non-government land; restore and protect over 2 million acres of wetlands; and increase conservation activities on farms and ranches. The proposal would increase funding, technical assistance, and research opportunities for existing on farm conservation programs that focus on land stewardship, soil health, and climate mitigation. Under this Act, funding for programs like the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) would increase almost ten-fold to $7 billion annually for each program. Pending - Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on September 10, 2019
HR.4133 To require the Secretary of Agriculture to direct a study on soil health of Federal lands, and for other purposes. US HR.4133 requires the Department of Agriculture to (1) direct a study on the state of soil health on federal lands that determines impacts such as grazing, wildfire, recreation, and invasive species; and (2) create a database of the information collected during the study. Pending - Referred to the House Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research on August 29, 2019
SR.440 A resolution recognizing soil as an essential natural resource, and soils professionals as playing a critical role in managing our Nation's soil resources. US SR.440 recognizes: the necessity to develop and implement best practices for the long-term use of the nation's soil resources; and the important role of soil scientists and soils professionals. The resolution acknowledges the promise of soil scientists and soils professionals to continue to enrich the lives of all Americans by improving stewardship of the soil, combating soil degradation, and ensuring the future protection and sustainable use of our air, soil, and water resources. Passed - Agreed to in Senate on June 23, 2008
H.R.5861 Agriculture Resilience Act US H.R. 5861 aims to address the impact of climate change on agriculture by reducing net greenhouse gases by at least 50 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, and to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. The goals of H.R. 5861 include: increasing Federal investment in public food and agriculture research and extension; improving soil health by joing the 4 per 1000 Initiative, expanding soil health practices in the agricultural sector, and increasing cover crop acres in the U.S.; reducing conversion of agricultural land to development through farmland preservation; establishing advanced grazing through pasture-based livestock reintegration; expanding on-farm renewable energy; and reducing food loss and waste. Pending - Referred to Committee on Agriculture, as well as Committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Reform, and House Administraion on February 12, 2020

Academic

Title State Summary Purpose Contact
UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley Food Institute CA Build a healthy and sustainable food system. Research, Education Ann Thrupp, athrupp@berkeley.edu
UC Davis - Agricultural Sustainability Institute: Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility CA Working ranch that does research on soil health and conducts long-term farm management experiments. Research, Education Kate Scow, kmscow@ucdavis.edu
University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Solution Center for Nutrient Management CA Website designed as a meeting place for education and awareness for nutrient management across the state of California to improve access to research and practical, science-based information on nutrient management practices. Education Aubrey Thompson, abthompson@ucdavis.edu
Colorado State University - Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory: COMET Farm CO Carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system for an entire farm. Reducing GHG emissions, Education Keith Paustian, keith.paustian@colostate.edu
University of Hawaii at Manoa: Soil Health Management - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources HI Best management practices for cropping systems in tropical soils. Education Koon-Hui Wang, koonhui@hawaii.edu
Iowa State University: Soil Management/Environment IA Long-term research projects on soil health and best practices. Education Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, malkaisi@iastate.edu
University of Idaho: Department of Soil and Water Systems ID Established faculty dedicated to adressing issues relating to soil health and fertility. Education cals-sws@uidaho.edu
Purdue University Extension: Purdue Soil Health IN Web guide for High School teachers to improve practices on farms across the state through education of high schoolers. Education Eileen Kladivko, kladivko@purdue.edu, Natalie Carroll, ncarroll@purdue.edu
Purdue University: Purdue University Soil and Water IN Tools for farmers provided on a mobile friendly interface. Education, Online Resources Jennifer Woodyard
Purdue Extension: Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative IN To improve soil health on Indiana's cropland through farmer driven efforts. Education Eileen Kladivko, kladivko@purdue.edu
Kansas State University Extension: Soil Management KS Education on proper soil management that leads to good soil health. Education DeAnn Presley, deann@ksu.edu
Louisiana State University: LSU AgCenter LA Web resources for information regarding conservation tillage to improve water quality in Louisiana's waterways. Education web@agcenter.lsu.edu
University of Maryland Extension: Soil Health MD New three year professional development program that focuses on soil health for producers. Education Nevin Dawson, ndawson@umd.edu
Michigan State University Extension: Soil Health MI Teach best management practices to farmers and provide news, programming and resources related to soil health. Education Jeff Dwyer, 517-355-2308
University of Minnesota: Forever Green MN Promote high efficiency agriculture by diversifying crops grown on farms and implement cover crop and soil health intiatives. Education Don Wyse, wysex001@umn.edu., Nick Jordan, jorda020@umn.edu
University of Missouri: Soil Health Assessment Center MO Develop a more holistic approach to the testing of soil. Soil characterization services include physical, chemical and biological properties of soil for farmers, landowners, researchers, consulting firms, state agencies and landscape architects. Education, Soil Health Testing Brandt, Donna K. brandtdk@missouri.edu
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center: MO DIRT MO MO DIRT (Missourians Doing Impact Research Together) - Education and empowering citizens about soil health and how to improve and study the factors that affect it. Education, Citizen Science modirt@danforthcenter.org
Montana State University: Soil Fertility Extension Program MT Provide background knowledge on the processes that affect nutrient cycling to better understand and develop best practices. Educate and provide technical assistance to extension agents, producers, and crop advisers across Montana. Education/Extension, Soil Testing Dr. Clain Jones, clainj@montana.edu
North Dakota State University: Soil Health & Land Management ND Focus on soil health within the larger context of NDSU extension; develop relationships with stakeholders; and develop best practices and apply science based education on soil health for land managers. Education Abbey Wick, abbey.wick@ndsu.edu
University of Nebraska Extension: Crop Watch NE Provide an online resource on a variety of subjects related to agricultural production written by Extension Educators and Specialists and produced by IANR Media in the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, CropWatch. Education Lisa Brown Jasa, Editor
ljasa1@unl.edu
Cornell University: Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health NY Extensive laboratory soil testing that standardizes soil health factors and provides a more detailed assessment of soil. Education, Soil Health Testing Bob Schindelbeck, rrs3@cornell.edu; Harold Van Es, hmv1@cornell.edu
Ohio State University Extension: Healthy Soil Healthy Environment OH Creation of a soil health education and outreach network to build Ohio's soil health. Education, Soil Testing Alan Sundermeier, sundermeier.5@osu.edu
Oklahoma State University - Department of Plant and Soil Sciences: No Till Oklahoma OK Foster the implementation of no-till farming. Education Jason Warren, jason.warren@okstate.edu
Oregon State University: Soil Health Initiative OR Develop a set of nationally adopted soil health metrics, process samples, and develop a database for producers to better manage their land. Soil Testing Shannon Andrews, shannon.andrew@oregonstate.edu
PennState Extension: Soil Health for One Health PA New focus for a program on soil health involving many faculty. Education Kristy Borrelli, kab617@psu.edu
South Dakota State University - SDSU Extension: North Central Region Soil Health & Water Quality Initiative SD Adoption of soil health practices to better address water quality problems in the state of South Dakota and beyond. Education David Kringen, david.kringen@sdstate.edu
Texas A&M University: Texas Watershed Steward Program TX Watershed scale approach to alleviating water quality problems across the entire state of Texas through a one-day course. Education Michael Kiutu, mkuitu@tamu.edu
Virginia Tech Extension: Soil Health and Cover Crops VA Topic page focused on how to build soil health. Education, Publications Eric Bendfeldt,
ebendfel@vt.edu
Virginia Tech, Ferrum College: Virginia Soil Health Coalition VA Collaborate between private, government and university partners across the state of Virginia. Promote and implement four core principles for soil health. Education Lee Daniels, wdaniels@vt.edu
UVM Extension: Northwest Crops and Soils Program VT Deliver best practices to Vermont farmers for better production and overall health of the system. Education, Research Heather Darby, heather.darby@uvm.edu
Washington State University - Puyallup: Organic Farming Systems and Nutrient Management WA Apply soil science principles and recycling of waste products to better build soil health and improve organic farming systems. Education Doug Collins, dpcollins@wsu.edu
Conservation Professional Training Program: Soil Health Training Initiative WI The Conservation Professional Training Program (CPTR) provides more than 100 different courses on various conservation agriculture practices from nutrient management to soil health management to ensure increases in crop production, mitigate for extreme weather shocks, and lower operation costs. Education, Resource Conservation Professional Training Program
phone: 608.262.0020
email: cptp@uwex.edu
Kevin Erb, kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu
North Central Region Water Network - The North Central Region Soil Health Nexus IL, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, IN, SD, WI The Soil Health Nexus is a university-led team structured around research, extension and outreach, and resources and communications with representatives from all 12 North Central Region states. Education, Extension Rebecca Power, rlpower@wisc.edu

State Agency

Title State Summary Goal Strategy/ Incentive Point of Contact
Alaska Association of Conservation Districts: Agriculture Programs AK Various conservation districts have conservation tillage equipment for rent, or offer cost-share for small projects to improve soil health. Soil Health Equipment Rental http://www.alaskaconservationdistricts.org/contact-us
Alabama Department of Environmental Management: Nonpoint Source Pollution Program AL The Alabama Nonpoint Source Management Program uses a voluntary approach to address nonpoint source pollution. The program relies on best management practices, education and outreach, technology transfer, monitoring and assessments, and resource assistance using a balanced statewide and watershed-focused restoration approach. Local partnerships and citizen input are primary implementation components. CWA section 319(h) grants are available to fund targeted, on-the-ground, implementation practices to restore impaired waterbodies in our state. Reducing run-off Grants npsmail@adem.state.al.us 334-260-4501
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission: Agricultural Water Quality Loan Program AR The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, in conjunction with conservation districts and participating banks, provides low-interest loan money to agricultural land owners for installation of conservation practices that reduce nonpoint source pollution impacts to water quality. This includes purchasing no-till drills. Reducing Run-off Loans Debby Dickson, Program Coordinator, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, (501) 682-0548, debra.dickson@arkansas.gov
California Department of Food and Agriculture: Healthy Soils Program CA The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP), consisting of Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects, provides financial assistance for incentivizing and demonstrating the implementation of conservation agricultural management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and improve soil health. Soil Health Funding, Grants, Education CDFA.OEFI@cdfa.ca.gov
California Department of Food and Agriculture: Healthy Soils Initiative CA California’s Healthy Soils Initiative is a collaboration of state agencies and departments, led by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), to promote the development of healthy soils on California’s farm and ranchlands. Innovative farm and ranch management practices contribute to building adequate soil organic matter that can increase carbon sequestration and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon Sequestration, Soil Health Loans California Department of Food & Agriculture
1220 N St, Sacramento, CA 95814
916.403.6722
Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area: Soil Health Initiative CT Workshops and demonstrations regarding soil health. Soil Health Demonstration, Education admin@ctrcd.org
Sussex County Conservation District: Cover Crop Program DE Cover Crops are proven to be one of the easiest and most effective conservation practices in Sussex County. To promote this practice, the District's Cover Crop Program will make direct payments to farmers who plant in accordance with the program guidelines. Participants are limited to $12,500 in cover crop assistance. Soil Health Grants 302-856-3990 ext.3
Hawaii Office of Planning: Carbon Farming Task Force HI The Carbon Farming Task Force will identify agricultural, aquacultural, and agroforestry practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration in the state’s agricultural, aquacultural, and agroforestry sectors. Achieving Sustainability Goals Education Sandy Ma, Project Analyst State of Hawaii Office of Planning Coastal Zone Management Program 235 S. Beretania St., Ste. 600 Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96804 sandy.s.ma@hawaii.gov 808.587.2803
Field Services Bureau, Department of Agriculture: Financial Assistance For Conservation Practices IA Fund allocations are made to soil and water conservation districts, commissioners set priorities for their use, and field office staff assure the technical quality of practices built. These practices are subject to maintenance agreements. State cost share can be used for temporary or permanent practices, including no-till, cover crops, conservation planting, etc. Conservation Practices Grants 515-281-5321
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality: Soil and Water Conservation Cost Share IA Up to 50% cost-share program to help farmers install conservation practices including cover crops. Conservation Practices Cost-share 515-281-5322
Field Services Bureau, Department of Agriculture: No-interest Loans IA No-interest loans for the construction of "permanent soil conservation structures." Up to $20,000 for 10 years. Conservation Practices Loans 515-281-5323
Field Services Bureau, Department of Agriculture: Water Quality Protection Program IA Cost-share program to help farmers install conservation practices including cover crops, conservation tillage, for the purpose of improving water quality. Funds are allocated via conservation districts. Conservation practices Cost-share 515-281-5324
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship: Cover-crop Crop Insurance Demonstration Project IA Crop-insurance premium-reduction program, with the purpose of incentivizing the use of cover crops. Gives farmers $5 for every acre planted in cover crops. Cover Crops Insurance Premium Reduction Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-5321
Clean Water Iowa: Iowa Water Quality Initiative IA Initiative to reduce nutrient run-off. Includes several ongoing projects to reduce runoff by using cover crops and other mechanisms. Run-off Reduction Funding Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-5322
Illinois Department of Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program - "Partners for Conservation Fund" IL Provides grants to farmers and nonprofit organizations to demonstrate and educate about conservation tillage and sustainable farming practices that minimize environmental degredation, runoff and erosion. Grants for Demonstration, Education, and Research Grants Bureau of Land and Water Resources, (217) 782-6297
Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) IL Conservation Reserve Enhancement program (CREP) is an enhanced version of the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The CREP Program is a Federal, State and Local partnership designed to retire frequently flooded and environmentally sensitive cropland to achieve restoration and long-term protection. In Illinois, landowners implement conservation practices in the eligible CREP watersheds to reduce sedimentation and nutrients, improve water quality, and to create and enhance critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations. Retirement Retirement Mike Chandler (217) 785-8773 Mike.Chandler@Illinois.gov
Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District: Soil Health Initiative IN The Marion County SWCD Soil Health Initiative helps urban farms and growers regenerate soil health and improve water quality. A suite of conservation practices is our guide. The District provides workshops, events, hands-on demonstrations, and soil health technical assistance. The Soil Health Guide provides growers with background information on soil health, and how to manage for soil health in the field. The Soil Health Initiative encourages growers to use a suite of conservation practices. The goal of these strategies is to improve soil health, plant health, nutrient efficiency, and the soil’s ability to infiltrate, store, and clean water. Soil Health Technical Assistance, Education (317) 786-1776
Indiana Conservation Partnership: Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative IN The Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) is a program of the Indiana Conservation Partnership. Through a farmer-focused and farmer-driven process, the program works with Local Level Partnerships and others to promote the adoption of practices and cropping systems that can lead to improved soil health. Soil Health Demonstration, Education ccsi@iaswcd.org
Indiana Deparment of Agriculture: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) IN CREP is a federal-state natural resource conservation program. Its purpose is to address water quality and wildlife issues by reducing sediment and nutrient run-off and enhancing wildlife habitats. Through CREP, program participants receive financial incentives from USDA and the State of Indiana to voluntarily enroll in the program for 14 to 15 years. Retirement Retirement Julie Harrold, Program Manager - CREP and Water Quality Initiatives, 260.341.6698
Indiana Department of Agriculture: Clean Water Indiana Grants IN The Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Program was established to provide financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups. The financial assistance supports the implementation of conservation practices, which will reduce nonpoint sources of water pollution through education, technical assistance, training, and cost sharing programs. The CWI fund is administered by the Division of Soil Conservation under the direction of the State Soil Conservation Board. The (CWI) Program is responsible for providing local matching funds as well as grants for sediment and nutrient reduction projects through Indiana’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts. CWI also contributes critical state matching funds for Indiana’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, an initiative that utilizes federal funds to encourage landowners to conserve environmentally sensitive land. Furthermore, the (CWI) Program has supported the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, which focuses on management systems approach to crop production that results in improved soil and water quality as well as profitability on Indiana cropland. Funding Grants Leah Harmon, Clean Water Indiana Program Manager, 317.607.4127
Department of Agriculture: Division of Soil Conservation IN The mission is to increase agricultural economic benefits by assisting Indiana’s farmers in the application of advanced agronomic technologies while improving upon Indiana’s soil health and water quality. The DSC is one of the partners of the Indiana Conservation Partnership. Soil Health Technical Assistance, Education communications@isda.in.gov; 317.232.8770
Kansas Department of Agriculture: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) KS Retirement program to enhance water conservation efforts along the Upper Arkansas River corridor. The Upper Arkansas River CREP is a voluntary, incentive-based program allowing producers to enroll eligible irrigated acres in targeted areas for 14–15 year contracts with FSA, permanently retire the associated state water rights on the enrolled acres, and establish an approved land cover (typically a native grass) on the same acreage. The producer receives an annual rental payment, plus additional cost-share opportunities for specific conservation practices from FSA, plus an upfront incentive payment from DOC. Land Retirement Retirement Steve Frost, CREP Coordinator, KDA (785) 564-6622, Steve.Frost@kda.ks.gov
Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Clean Water Neighbor Program KS 40% cost-share program to reduce nonpoint source run-off. Run-off Reduction Cost-share Travis Sieve, CWN Program Coordinator
tsieve@kdheks.gov(785) 296-0051
Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) KS Cost share program to restore and protect watersheds. Mostly non-agriculture related, but terraced cropland that is under no-till management can be enrolled. Run-off Reduction Cost-share Telephone: 785-296-4195
Email: nps@kdhe.state.ks.us
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Attn: WRAPS
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 420
Topeka, KS 66612
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) LA Retirement program to remove environmentally sensitive land in two specific regions. In the Coastal Prairie region, the goal is to restore it to native grasses, primarily. In the Lower Ouachita River Basin, the goal is to reduce nonpoint source pollution from agricultural lands by installing conservation measures. Run-off Reduction Retirement TOLL-FREE
1.866.927.2476
LOCAL
225.922.1234
VISIT
5825 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Division of Conservation Services: Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water & Related Resources MA Coordinates soil and water conservation programs for the state, through the Division of Conservation Services. Soil Conservation Education thomas.anderson@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources: Organic Certification Cost Share Program MA It is a cost sharing program that reimburses certified organic farmers and food processors up to 75% ($750 maximum) of the total certification cost. Included because of the potential soil-health benefits associated with organic practices. Organic Certification Cost-share michael.rock@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources: Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) MA AEEP is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds materials and labor for conservation practices that mitigate or prevent negative impacts to the state's natural resources that may result from agricultural practices. Practices funded include those that prevent direct impacts on water quality, ensure efficient use of water, and address agricultural impacts on air quality. Reimbursement grants up to $25,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis. Conservation Practices Grant Laura J. Maul, (617) 626-1739, Laura.Maul@state.ma.us
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources: Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) Program MA The Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds materials and labor for the implementation of practices that address the agricultural sector’s vulnerability to climate change, improves economic resiliency and advances the general goals identified in the Massachusetts Local Action Food Plan. Reimbursement grants up to $50,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis. Conservation Practices Grant Laura J. Maul, (617) 626-1739, Laura.Maul@state.ma.us
Maryland Department of Agriculture: Cover Crop Program MD The Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program provides farmers with cost-share grants to help offset seed, labor and equipment costs associated with planting cover crops immediately following the summer crop harvest. Cover crops may not be harvested, but can be grazed or chopped for livestock forage for on-farm use after becoming well established. Cost-share rates vary from year to year, however, in recent years, farms have received up to $75/acre to plant cover crops in their fields. Run-off Reduction Funding Norman Astle, Program Administrator, 410-841-5864
Maryland Department of Agriculture: Maryland Income Tax Subtraction Modification for Conservation Equipment MD Helps farmers offset costs associated with buying certain types of conservation equipment to control soil erosion, manage nutrients and protect water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The subtraction modification allows farmers to subtract eligible equipment purchases from taxable income on Maryland individual and corporate tax returns. Conservation Practices Tax Break 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-5700
Maryland Department of Agriculture: The Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program MD Provides farmers with grants to cover up to 87.5 percent of the cost to install conservation measures known as best management practices on their farms to prevent soil erosion, manage nutrients and safeguard water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Run-off Reduction Funding Norman Astle, Program Administrator, 410-841-5864
Maryland Department of Agriculture: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) MD CREP participants receive attractive annual rental payments that are above rates offered by the traditional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Landowners must agree to take streamside property, certain highly erodible land, or wetlands out of production for 10 to 15 years and maintain grass, shrubs, trees or wetlands for the life of the contract. Additional incentive payments offered through CREP add between 80% and 200% to the local soil rental rate. Run-off Reduction Retirement Norman Astle, Program Administrator, 410-841-5864
Prince George's Soil Conservation District (and others): Rental Equipment Program MD Allows in-district farmers to rent no-till seeders. Other Conservation Districts have similar programs - follow link for list of all districts: http://www.mascd.net/districts/default.html Conservation Practices Equipment Rental Wade Hampton - Conservation Planner, Wade.Hampton@md.nacdnet.net
Maine Department of Environmental Protection: Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Control Grants (319) ME Grant program to reduce nonpoint source pollution. Run-off Reduction Funding Wendy Garland
Phone: 207-615-2451
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) MI Voluntary program to help reduce pollution and improve cropping systems. Run-off Reduction Incentive mda-esd-maeap@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) MI Introducing CREP Michigan's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) was created to help protect our environment and wildlife. Michigan is partnering with the federal government to implement conservation practices of great significance to the state, and valuable to the nation, in matters of soil erosion, water quality, and wildlife habitat. Conservation practices include planting native grasses. Run-off reduction Retirement https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-3099---C,00.html
Allegan Conservation District: Rabbit River Watershed Pay-For-Performance Program MI Allegan Conservation District has funds to help farmers implement conservation practices on up to 4,500 acres of land in the Rabbit River Watershed for the purpose of reducing agricultural pollutants flowing into the watershed. Practices covered through this grant include including cover crop, exclusion fencing, filter strips, mulch-till, and no-till. This program will use a pay-for-performance approach which provides a financial incentive for farmers to achieve measurable improvements in water quality. Conservation Practices Funding Tori Harris - Watershed Technician tori.harris@macd.org 269-673-6940 x5
Various Conservation Districts: Equipment Rental Program MI Various conservation districts rent out no-till seed drills. Conservation Practices Equipment Rental http://macd.org/district-list
Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program MN These grants support innovative on-farm research and demonstrations. Projects must explore sustainable agricultural practices and systems, and findings are published in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's annual Greenbook publication. The program objectives are to explore the profitability, energy efficiency, and benefits of sustainable agriculture practices and systems from production through marketing. Grants are available to fund on-farm research and demonstrations and may include, but are not limited to: cover crops and crop rotations, conservation tillage, farm diversification using traditional and non-traditional crops and livestock, etc. Conservation Practices Grants Ann Kuzj, Grants Specialist, ann.kuzj@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Native Prairie Tax Exemption MN Encourages retirement of native prairie land by exempting the land from property taxes. Soil Health, Conservation Retirement prairie.protection@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: Minnesota Native Prairie Bank MN Conservation easement for native prairie. Conservation, Retirement Retirement Call 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR (646-6367)
Email us: info.dnr@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) MN The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of 10 years. Conservation Practices Certification Brad Redlin, Program Manager
651-201-6489
brad.redlin@state.mn.us
Missouri Department of Agriculture: Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program MO The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program (ASAP) is a verification program that champions Missouri farmers who are responsible stewards of the land. It’s meant to acknowledge and reward those who proactively protect the environment, employ sound management practices and use science-based technology to produce safe food, fuel and fiber for consumers. Specifically includes soil health practices on grassland and cropland. Conservation Practices Certification (573) 751-4762 alan.freeman@mda.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Natural Resources: Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Program MO The Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Program assists farmers and landowners with soil and water conservation by providing partial reimbursement for a number management practices. These voluntary practices are designed to address areas such as grazing, irrigation, woodland, pest and nutrient management, animal waste, ground and surface water, and soil erosion. Conservation Practices Funding 573-751-4932
Missouri Department of Agriculture: Cover Crop Regional Conservation Partnership Program MO The project’s goal is to improve the adoption and utilization of cover crops by Missouri landowners to improve the production capacity of soils that are classified as highly erodible or have organic matter content less than two percent on 20,000 acres annually. The program will provide eligible landowners cost-share assistance to plant cover crops. The “Cover Crops for Soil Health and Water Quality” RCPP project is a five year cost-share program available statewide with annual sign up periods. Cover Crop Cost-share abd@mda.mo.gov
Montana Department of Environmental Quality: Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund (WPCSRF) Loan Program MT The Montana Legislature established the Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund (WPCSRF) Loan Program for water pollution control projects. The program provides at or below market interest rate loans to eligible Montana entities. No-till equipment and Best Management Practices are eligible water quality projects. Run-off Reduction Loans http://deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/about/ContactUs
Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation: Range Improvement Loan Program MT The Range Improvement Loan Program was started in 1979 as part of the Rangeland Resource Program (MCA 76-14-111). It makes low-interest loans available to Montana's farmers and ranchers for rangeland improvements and development, and provides low-interest loans as an incentive for private landowners to undertake range improvement practices. Can presumably be used for rotational grazing or other soil-improving practices. Pasture Quality Loans Laurie Zeller, Bureau Chief: 406-444-6669 Conservation District Bureau
Montana Natural Resources Conservation Service: Montana Soil Health Strategy MT The Montana Soil Health Strategy is a plan to meet current and future challenges in agriculture through the mission of health, functioning soil as a foundation for all working lands in Montana. The goals of the Soil Health Strategy are yo: get more conservation on the ground resulting in improved soil health; increase organizational effectiveness and efficiencies to promote soil healt; and develop strong partnerships with the Montana Association of Conservation Districts and Montana Department of Natural Resource Conservation to ensure statewide efforts cross agency lines. Conservation Practices, Soil Health Financial assistance, grants, education, training and outreach USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
10 East Babcock Street, Room 443
Bozeman, MT 59715-4704
Phone: 406-587-6811
Fax: 855-510-7028
NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation: Soil Health Initiative: Mobile Soils Classroom NC The Mobile Soils Classrooms will be used to teach all citizens about the benefits and the importance of soil health. Education Education 919.510.4599
NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation: Improving Pasture Management Program NC The program's purpose is to improve pasture management on private lands so that pastures are more resilient to future environmental challenges. Historic priorities included strengthening pastures on marginal lands and serving farmers phasing out tobacco production. Pasture Quality Funding 919.510.4599 ncfswc@gmail.com
NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation: Soil Health Initiative: Multi-Species Cover Crops NC The purpose of the program is to promote and refine the use of multi-species cover crops in North Carolina, supporting the national Soil Health Initiative. Demonstration sites are being established to show producers that a diverse mixture of cover crop species can be planted in a timely manner, allowed to grow and accumulate biomass and nitrogen, and be terminated without tillage. Soil Health Demonstration 5171 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 330
Raleigh NC 27612
ncfswc@gmail.com
919.510.4599
North Dakota Department of Health - Environmental Health: Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program ND The North Dakota NPS Management Program mission is to implement a voluntary, incentive-based program that restores and protects the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of waters where the beneficial uses are threatened or impaired due to nonpoint sources of pollution. Covers a wide range of best management practices, including fencing for improved grazing, cover crops, no-till practices, etc. Run-off Reduction Funding Dave Glatt
P: 701.328.5150
E: EHS@nd.gov
Nebraska Environmental Trust: Grants Program NE Provides various environmental grants. Categories include soil management: actions and strategies to preserve, conserve and restore soil health; actions to research, design or foster the implementation and management of these strategies; actions to inform and educate, which contribute to the attainment of this category. Conservation Practices Funding marilyn.tabor@nebraska.gov
Nebraska Soil Health Partnership NE The Nebraska Soil Health Partnership is made up of farmers, conservationists and others interested in soil health who are working to inform and support other producers across Nebraska through a budding soil health partnership. Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service highlights stories on Nebraska "Soil Health Heroes" within the partnership that are using cover cropping and no tillage practices on their farms and ranches. Conservation Practices, Soil Health Education Natural Resources Conservation Service
Rm 152, Federal Building
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE 68508-3866; phone: (402) 437-5300
New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts: Equipment Rental and Soil Health Programs NH Many NH conservation districts have soil health programs, including cover crop trials, and no-till equipment rentals. Varies slightly by district. Conservation Practices, Equipment Rental Equipment Rental, Cover Crop Trial http://www.nhacd.net/contact-us.html
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food: Conservation Grant Program NH The State Conservation Committee's Conservation Grant Program supports and promotes programs and partnerships that protect, restore and enhance the state's valuable natural resources. Projects include: Water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation and improvement, adoption of best management practices. Conservation Practices Funding nh-conservation-committee@nh.gov.
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food: Agriculture Nutrient Management Grant Program NH Assist agricultural land and livestock owners with efforts to minimize adverse effects to waters of the state by better managing agricultural nutrients including commercial fertilizers, animal manures and agricultural composts. Priority is given to projects that most clearly address protection of surface water and public drinking water sources. Included projects are: no-till, cover crop, and other best management practices. Run-off Reduction Funding jennifer.gornnert@agr.nh.gov
New Jersey Department of Agriculture Conservation Districts: Conservation Cost Sharing NJ Conservation Districts provide cost-sharing grants for agricultural best management practices. Conservation Practices Funding http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/contact.shtml
Nevada Department of Agriculture: Rangeland Health Program NV The Rangeland Health Program at the Nevada Department of Agriculture is new to the State of Nevada. The program’s objective is to assist landowners in developing projects and land management decisions that encourage economically viable and sustainable practices. This involvement promotes ecologically sound land management practices and an economically successful industry for future generations. Pasture Quality Technical Assistance, Education dvoth@agri.nv.gov 775-353-3672
New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee: Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement & Control Grant Program NY This grant program was established in 1994 by the State of New York to assist farmers in preventing water pollution from agricultural activities by providing technical assistance and financial incentives. County Soil & Water Conservation Districts apply for the competitive grants on behalf of farmers and coordinate funded conservation projects. Grants can cost-share up to 75% of project costs or more if farmers contribute in the following two areas: 1. Planning- funds awarded to conduct environmental planning 2. Implementation- funds awarded to construct or apply management practices. Run-off Reduction Funding bethany.bzduch@agriculture.ny.gov
New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee: NYS Climate Resilient Farming (CRF) Program NY The goal of the Climate Resilient Farming Program is to reduce the impact of agriculture on climate change (mitigation) and to increase the resiliency of New York State farms in the face of a changing climate (adaptation). Climate Resiliency Education https://agriculture.ny.gov/SoilWater/contacts/index.html
Oklahoma Conservation Commission: Carbon Sequestration Certification Program OK The Oklahoma Carbon Program encourages Oklahomans to voluntarily protect water quality, prevent soil erosion, and improve air quality by adopting conservation practices that sequester or avoid emissions of greenhouse gases. The Program offers fee-based verification of carbon offsets to participating aggregators who hold carbon contracts with agriculture producers and forest landowners. Carbon Sequestration Carbon Offsets 405.522.4728
Oklahoma Conservation Commission: Cost-Share Program OK The Conservation Program Division administers the Conservation Cost-Share Program. Funds are allocated to conservation districts based upon appropriations from the Oklahoma Legislature. The Cost-Share Program provides financial assistance to landowners to apply soil and water conservation practices. The purpose of the program is to help improve water quality and control soil erosion in the state. Conservation districts administer the program to meet their local needs. Conservation Practices Grants Local: (405) 521-2384
Oklahoma Conservation Commission Soil Health Education Program OK Oklahoma's Soil Health Education Program is a statewide initiative to provide education on the importance of soil health. The Program teaches easy-to-use techniques for understanding, assessing, and restoring soil health. It provides multiple workshops aimed at educating and training conservation district employees and directors who can then spread the knowledge within local communities. The Program also provides field days for agricultural producers, community leaders and the public to educate on improving the health and function of soil. Soil Health Education Amy Seiger; amy.seiger@conservation.ok.gov
Oregon: Agricultural Water Quality Management Program OR Suggests improvements to agricultural land to reduce run-off, including rotational grazing and cover crops. No incentive. Run-off Reduction Education Eastern Region
(541) 278-6721
Central/North
(541) 318-9088
Central/Southeast
(541) 699-2263
Southwest
(541) 414-8797
Mid-Coast/S. Willamette
(503) 986-4712
N. Coast/N. Willamette
(541) 400-5136
Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service: Oregon Soil Health Partnership OR Led by the Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Oregon Soil Health Partnersip is working together for healthy soils across Oregon. The Partnership aims to: build upon networks across Oregon and bring together all person, agencies, and groups interested in soil health; provide timely and relevant information on soil health science and implementation; and provide a network for communication and information exchange. Soil Health Education and Outreach Cory Owens, Phone: 503.414.3261 Email: cory.owens@or.usda.gov
Teresa Matteson, Phone: 541.753.7208 Email: tmatteson@bentonswcd.org
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program PA Through the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Program, farmers, landowners, and businesses earn tax credits for implementing "Best Management Practices" (BMPs) that will enhance farm production and protect natural resources. Eligible applicants receive between 50% and 75% of project costs in the form of State tax credits for up to $150,000 per agricultural operation. BMP's include no-till, cover crop, fencing, etc. Conservation Practices Tax Credits Joel Semke jsemke@pa.gov
South Dakota Department of Agriculture: Conservation Tillage Loan Program (for Conservation District use) SD Loans available to conservation districts for 80% purchase of conservation tillage equipment and grass seeding and harvesting equipment. Available to conservation districts on low-cost rental basis. Maximum $30,000 and 5-year term. Soil Health, No-till Grant SDRCF@state.sd.us
South Dakota Department of Agriculture: Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Grants SD Grants from the Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Grant Fund are available for projects that show a natural resource conservation benefit to the state. Any organized conservation district within the state may make an application to the State Conservation Commission. Grants can cover: Rotational grazing practices, no-till cropping, others. Conservation Practices Grant 605-773-3623.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund TN The ARCF provides cost-share assistance to Tennessee landowners to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) that reduce agricultural water pollution. This assistance is facilitated primarily through Soil Conservation Districts although Resource Conservation and Development Councils, universities, and other agricultural associations may participate. Program covers rotational grazing, cover crops, etc. Conservation Practices Cost-share john.mcclurkan@tn.gov
Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board: Water Quality Management Plan TX A water quality management plan (WQMP) is a site-specific plan developed through and approved by soil and water conservation districts for agricultural or silvicultural lands. The plan includes appropriate land treatment practices, production practices, management measures, technologies or combinations thereof. The purpose of WQMPs is to achieve a level of pollution prevention or abatement determined by the TSSWCB, in consultation with local soil and water conservation districts, to be consistent with state water quality standards. Program applies to conservation cover. Run-off Reduction Cost-share 800-792-3485
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food: Grazing Improvement Program UT Cost-share grants are available to ranchers for rangeland improvements. Projects can include any restoration work that will improve rangeland health, productivity, and management. This includes rotational grazing practices. Pasture Quality Cost-share Troy Forrest, Program Manager
(435) 279-3603 UDAF-Grazing@utah.gov
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food: Agriculture Resource Development Loan program UT The program provides low interest loans to farmers and ranchers for projects which meet the conservation and pollution control goals of the program. Goals are to conserve water and soil and improve water quality. Eligible projects include rangeland improvement and erosion control. Conservation Practices, Run-off Reduction Loans Roberta Valdez robertavaldez@utah.gov (801) 538-7179
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food: Utah Agriculture Certificate of Environmental Stewardship (ACES) UT It helps farmers and ranchers, of all sizes, evaluate their entire operation to make management decisions to sustain agricultural viability, protect natural resources, support environmentally responsible agricultural production practices, and build positive public opinion. The program is relevent to several types of operations, and includes soil health, rotational grazing, erosion management, etc. Conservation Practices, Run-off Reduction, Pasture Quality Certification https://ag.utah.gov/aces/contact/index.html
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Agricultural Stewardship Program VA The Agricultural Stewardship Program works with farmers and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts to resolve water quality problems reported to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) concerning nutrients, sediment and toxins from agricultural activities. No incentives or benefits. Run-off Reduction Technical Assistance, Education http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/about-agency-directory.shtml
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation: Agricultural BMP Cost-Share (VACS) Program VA The cost-share program supports the use of various practices in conservation planning to treat cropland, pastureland, hay land and forested land. Farmers receive payments for implementing practices such as rotational grazing and cover crop use. Conservation Practices, Soil Health Cost-share Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 East Main Street | Richmond, VA 23219-2094 | 804-786-6124
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation: BMP Tax Credit Program VA Individuals may claim a state tax credit of 25 percent of all expenditures made for the purchasing and installation of conservation tillage equipment used in agricultural production by the purchaser. The credit may not exceed $4,000. Conservation Practices Tax Credits Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 East Main Street | Richmond, VA 23219-2094 | 804-786-6125
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VT Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP) VT A voluntary program that encourages and supports local agricultural producers to achieve environmental and agricultural excellence. VESP’s goal is to accelerate water-quality improvements through additional voluntary implementation efforts, and to honor farmers who have already embraced a high level of land stewardship. If the applicant meets the standards in each category, he or she will be awarded with a 5-year certification, an on-farm sign designating the farm as meeting high levels of environmental stewardship, and other recognition-based incentives. Run-off Reduction Certification Michael.Middleman@vermont.gov
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: Farm Agronomic Practices (FAPs) VT The Farm Agronomic Practices (FAP) Program utilizes state funding to help Vermont farms implement soil-based agronomic practices that improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and agricultural waste discharges. The FAP program also provides education and instructional activity grants to support outreach regarding the impacts of agricultural practices on water quality and current state agricultural water quality regulations. Grants cover cover crops, conservation tillage, strip cropping, etc. Soil Health Grants Jeff.Cook@vermont.gov
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP) VT Financial assistance for equipment such as no-till drills and roller-crimpers. Run-off Reduction Grants Jeff.Cook@vermont.gov
Washington State Soil Health Initiative WA The Washington Soil Health Initiative is a collaboration between Washington State University, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Washington State Conservation Commission. The Soil Health Initiative will fund new soil health research, extension, and demonstration activities that will further evaluate and deliver best management practices for the state’s diverse agricultural systems. The Initative establishes a network of Long-Term Agroecological Research and Extension sites across the state that will translate best available science on soil health into incentivized, on-the-ground solutions for agricultural producers. Soil Health Research and extension Colleen Kerr, J.D; Email:colleen.kerr@wsu.edu; Phone: 509-335-5756
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants WI The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will award grants to producer-led groups that focus on ways to prevent and reduce run-off from farm fields and farmsteads through its new Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant Program. Grants cover no-till and cover cropping and other "non-traditional" conservation practices. Run-off Reduction Grant Rachel.Rushmann@wisconsin.gov
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection: Nonpoint Source Program WV Grants to help install agricultural Best Management Practices. Unclear what the mechanism is. Run-off Reduction Grant https://dep.wv.gov/Pages/contact.aspx
West Virginia Conservation Agency: Agricultural Enhancement Program WV AgEP's mission is to assist the agricultural cooperators of West Virginia Conservation Districts with the voluntary implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on West Virginia agricultural lands in order to conserve and improve land and water quality for all West Virginia residents. The program offers technical and financial assistance as an incentive to implement suggested Best Management Practices. Overall, program primary objectives include the reduction of nutrients and sediment from entering the waters within the State and increasing farm profitability and sustainability. Includes cover cropping. Conservation Practices, Soil Health, Run-off Reduction Grant West Virginia Conservation Agency
Phone: 304-558-2204
Fax: 304-558-1635

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Title Organization State Summary Goal
#NoRegrets Initiative #NoRegrets Initiative CA Based in California, the #NoRegrets Initiative works to improve soil health and increase soil carbon throughout North America. The program demonstrates and advocates for a Regenerative Assets Strategy that deploys human, ecological and financial capital toward soil health and its effect on climate change. #NoRegrets Initiative’s “regenerative assets strategy” brings together land, philanthropy, and investment to regenerate soils as a primary strategy to address climate change and improve human health and nutrition. The program works to ensure successful strategies and projects can grow. Furthermore, the initiative designs and demonstrates agricultural practices that regenerate ecosystems and shift human culture towards restoration. To work with ranchers, farmers, and practitioners to find the best soil health practices, and invest in those solutions
4R Plus - Nutrient management and conservation for healthier soils 4R Plus - Copyright of The Nature Conservancy IA Launched by a grant from CF Industries, 4R Plus is guided by a coalition of agricultural and conservation organizations as a part of the Iowa 4R Plus program to support farmers’ efforts to implement precise nutrient management and conservation practices. This partnership focuses on using the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship-right source, right rate, right time and right place-and soil health practices like reducing tillage, planting cover crops, and adding structures such as contour strips, grass waterways, stream buffers or terraces to provide nutrients when the crop needs them and to enhance soil health and improve water quality. The principles aim to ensure conservation to boost production, increase soil resiliency, reduce erosion, and improve water quality. To achieve a more productive crop now and in the future
Advanced Soil Health Training Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership IL The Illinois Sustainable Agriculture (Ag) Partnership builds on the momentum that has been built around soil health, cover crops, water quality, nutrient management, and conservation issues. As a coordinated and consistent group, the Partnership focuses on messaging, outreach, training and education for farmers and their trusted advisors as well as creating a network of on-farm demonstration sites to bring together and disseminate new information and lessons learned in plain, practical language specifically designed to reach the middle adopters. The Advanced Soil Health Training aims to increase the number of farmers, retailers, CCAs, and conservation practitioners who better understand the science of soil health and the interrelated set of production management changes required to transition to this new system. To create a network to support a systems approach to improve soil health and reduce nutrient loss
AGree Economic and Environmental Risk Coalition (AGree Coalition) AGree Economic and Environmental Risk Coalition (AGree Coalition) US The AGree Economic and Environmental Risk Coalition (AGree Coalition) creates a bridge between positive environmental outcomes and profitability for farmers and ranchers. The AGree Coalition advocates for common-sense policies that protect both natural resources and farmers’ livelihoods. To help create systems that support our vital food producers—and protect the land that makes their work possible
Agricultural Carbon ("Ag Carbon") Carbon Cycle Institute CA The Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI) focuses on reversing climate change by utilizing science-based solutions to reduce atmospheric carbon through environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic sustainability. CCI facilitates a Agricultural Carbon (Ag Carbon) Program, in partnership with Resource Conservation Districts, the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD), Fibershed, and the Marin Carbon Project. Ag Carbon assists partners in ensuring the advancement in adoption of successful agricultural practices which sequester carbon, remove atmospheric CO2, and offer significant co-benefits of making ranches and farms more drought resilient, improving on-farm productivity and enhancing ecosystem functions. To engage with farmers to build soil carbon and ecosystems with carbon farming practices and regenerative rangeland management on California ranches, farms and working landscapes
Anson Family Farms Anson Family Farms IN Anson Family Farms is a 20,000-acre corn and soybean operation in Monroe City, Indiana, which adopted soil health practices such as no-till and cover crops. The farm has been highlighted by the USDA-NRCS for working with more than 110 landowners to share knowledge of soil health and the long-term sustainability and productivity of building healthy and resilient soils. To help other farmers overcome challenges they may face when adopting soil health practices
Arkansas Soil Health Alliance Arkansas Soil Health Alliance AR The Arkansas Soil Health Alliance is a non-profit educational and charitable organization working to bring attention to and support soil health on a location, states, and national level. Based in Arkansas, this soil health alliance engages stakeholders from policy makers to the public about the importance of soil health. The alliance works diligently to develop knowledge-sharing networks among conservation partners and organizations. To encourage soil health practices, mitigate wind and water erosion, improve water quality and water infiltration
Brown's Ranch: Regenerating Landscapes for a Sustainable Future Brown's Ranch ND Brown's Ranch is a 5,000-acre ranch located east of Bismarck, North Dakota, practicing holistic management and regenerative landscape solutions. Brown's Ranch has been working to improve soil health since 1993 through no-till farming, diverse cropping strategies, cover crops, and companion planting. To share Brown's Ranch experiences to regenerate our landscapes in order for both our and future generations to be sustainable
Carbon Cowboys Carbon Cowboys Southeast US and Upper Great Plains Carbon Cowboys are investigating potential ways to draw down material amounts of CO2 by studying the impacts of adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing on farms and ranches across the U.S. To explore relationships between regenerative grazing and soil carbon storage, water infiltration and retention, soil microbial, plant, insect, wildlife biodiversity, livestock and rancher well-being, greenhouse gas cycling
Carbon Cycle Literacy Carbon Cycle Institute CA The Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI) focuses on reversing climate change by utilizing science-based solutions to reduce atmospheric carbon through environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic sustainability. CCI developed and implemented “Carbon Cycle 1.0” education and outreach strategy to promote carbon cycle literacy ensuring key decision-makers, constituents, policy makers, and leaders in the fields of climate change and sustainable agriculture. To establish carbon cycle literacy in key constituencies
Carbon Farm and Ranch Program Mad Agriculture CO Mad Agriculture is a sponsored project of the Vermilion Sea Institute, a 501(c)(3) non profit conservation organization. Mad Agriculture is inspired by the Mad Farmer poems of Wendell Berry, which call us to live at the margins, use deep imagination, be radical, and do all things in love. The Mad Agriculture mission is to help farmers and ranchers thrive ecologically and economically. The Carbon Farm & Ranch Plans empower land stewards to use regenerative agriculture by providing access to capital, encourage radical investment in soil health and connect regenerative products to high-value markets. To heal landscapes that have been mismanaged and need love, care and stewardship
Carbon Farming The Marin Agriculture Land Trust CA The Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) is a member-supported organization that works to protect working farms in Marin County through the purchasing of agricultural land through conservation easements. The MALT agricultural conservation easements are voluntary agreements with the landowner and MALT. The easement ensures the land cannot be developed into any non-agricultural land use ( i.e. residential, commercial, subdivision etc.). To develop and advance climate-friendly land use practices, specifically carbon farming, as part of the climate solution
Carbon Farming Initiative Carbon 180 Mountain West: CO, WY, NM, MT Carbon180, formerly the Center for Carbon Removal, is a new breed of climate-focused NGO partnering with policymakers, scientists and businesses around the globe to build a world that removes more carbon than it emits. Carbon180 believes every farm can be a carbon farm and that agricultural producers can be powerful climate champions. The Carbon Farming Initiative aims to build healthier soils that are rich in carbon in order to improve producers’ bottom lines, foster more resilient agriculture systems, and address climate change. The Initiative works to stitch together education, technical assistance, science, and policy to support agriculture producers in scaling healthy soils practices. To create a regional framework and coalition for carbon farming in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Chippewa 10% Project Partnership Land Stewardship Project MN The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities. In west-central Minnesota, the Chippewa 10% Project is an extensive partnership working to achieve an overall goal of 10 percent more continuous living cover in the watershed, particularly in areas at higher risk for runoff. Building soil health can attain significant improvement in water quality and biologically active soil is the key to profitable, sustainable farms in Minnesota and elsewhere. To achieve an overall goal of 10 percent more continuous living cover in the Chippewa River watershed, particularly in areas at higher risk for runoff
Coalition On Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) Coalition On Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) US As a multi-stakeholder coalition, Coalition On Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) is the leading US organization creating capacity building across the agricultural value chain on the development and adoption of voluntary, market-based incentives to increase sustainability, provide ecosystem services, and reduce GHG emissions from the agricultural sector. To build sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation capacity that accelerates change across organizations, sectors and regions
Colorado Coalition for Healthy Soils (CCHS) Mad Agriculture CO Mad Agriculture is a sponsored project of the Vermilion Sea Institute, a 501(c)(3) non profit conservation organization. Mad Agriculture is inspired by the Mad Farmer poems of Wendell Berry, which call us to live at the margins, use deep imagination, be radical, and do all things in love. The Mad Agriculture mission is to help farmers and ranchers thrive ecologically and economically. The Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils (CCHS) unites voices from Colorado's farming and ranching communities to explore ways that management practices that improve the health of soil can be recognized and incentivized at a statewide level. CCHS achieves this by convening stakeholders from multiple areas, gaining input from a broad group of Colorado farmers and ranchers, evaluating and synthesizing program and policy options, and guiding legislative and rule-making processes. To unite voices from Colorado's farming and ranching communities to explore ways that soil health improving management practices can be recognized and incentivized at a statewide level
Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Colorado Conservation Tillage Association CO; High Plains Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the conservation and no-till farmers of the High Plains: Eastern Colorado, Northwest Kansas, Southwest Nebraska and Wyoming. To disseminate both local and national information variables affecting optimum production such as: conservation, tillage, water conservation, residue management, fertility, and erosion control
Community Supported Cloth Bare Ranch & Fibershed CA Community Supported Cloth is partnership between Bare Ranch and Fibershed to implement carbon farming practices on Bare Ranch to restore the soil and sequester carbon on the 1,600 acre ranch. In 2015, Bare Ranch and Fibershed put together a Carbon Farming Plan with the support from The Carbon Cycle Institute. This plan maps out a localized strategy for Bare Ranch to improve the ranch's soil and sequester carbon. The plan incorporates a number of carbon farming and soil health practices, including compost applications, prescribed grazing, agroforestry, and windbreaks/shelterbelts, among many others. To improve Bare Ranch carbon sequestration potential through carbon farming practices. To advocate for carbon farming practices through Fibershed, The Carbon Cycle Institute, and Bare Ranch networks.
Conservation Media Library Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) US The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is the premier international organization for professionals who practice and advance the science and art of natural resource conservation. SWCS' Conservation Media Library is a multimedia storing house for conservation photos, graphics, informational videos, factsheets, PowerPoints, and other resources. The Library is open to all, and all materials can be downloaded and circulated free of charge. To offer the tools that are needed for agency and conservation district staff to better explain their purpose, function, and implementation
Cover Crop and Livestock Integration Project (CCLIP) Ducks Unlimited ND Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Ducks Unlimited and its partners worked with producers in southeastern North Dakota to build a simple, useful program called Cover Crop and Livestock Integration Project (CCLIP). CCLIP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to add sustainable, mixed-operation practices by covering 60 percent of infrastructure costs like fencing, deep wells, pipe, tanks and cover crop seed. To help agricultural producers diversify their operations and improve soil health
Cover Crop Mix Trials, and Cover Crop Monitoring New Hampshire (NH) Soil Health Partnership NH The New Hampshire (NH) Soil Health Partnership is a collaboration between several individuals and groups that shares a common goal of providing resources and opportunities to farmers that will help them improve the health of the soils on their farm. The NH Soil Health Partnership has two programs, the Cover Crop Mix Trials and the Cover Crop Monitoring group, that offer farmers the opportunity to try out cover crop seed mixes developed for their potential soil health benefits for different crops, and monitors the cover crop fields around NH. The NH Soil Health Partnership also works with conservation districts to give farmers access to no-till equipment. To learn more about what cover crop mixes are best for the New Hampshire climate and soils, for different crops, and for different soil health goals
Cover Crop Program Practical Farmers of Iowa IA Practical Farmers of Iowa envisions an Iowa with healthy soil, healthy food, clean air, clean water, resilient farms and vibrant communities. Practical Farmers of Iowa lends a hand to beginning farmers; works with field-crop farmers to improve their profitability, stewardship and farmer-to-farmer community; facilitates farmer-led research, demonstration and educational events based on priorities identified by fruit and vegetable farmers; works with farmers to conduct on-farm research, hold pasture walks and field days, and host educational events based on priorities identified by livestock farmer members; fosters strong communities based on ties between farmers and non-farmers by organizing events; and more. Practical Farmers provides farmers and agency personnel with information, anecdotes and research about adding cover crop to current conventional, organic or other farming systems through its Cover Crop Program. To increase cover crop use in Iowa and the Midwest
Cultivating Healthy Soil and Clean Water in New York American Farmland Trust (AFT) NY; Long Island and Great Lakes Watershed The American Farmland Trust (AFT) has helped craft programs to assist farmers in stewarding their land and protecting drinking water for more than nine million state residents in New York City and upstate cities. Through its Cultivating Healthy Soil and Clean Water in New York project, AFT is focused on working with Farmers in Long Island and the Great Lakes Regions to improve water quality. AFT helps farmers get experience with techniques that will help improve water quality such as controlled release nitrogen fertilizer, conservation tillage, and cover crops To educate farmers on new conservation practices that improve soil health and water quality
Demeter Association Inc. Demeter Association Inc. US Demeter Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit incorporated in 1985 with the mission to enable people to farm successfully, in accordance with Biodynamic® practices and principles. To heal the planet through agriculture
Ecdysis Foundation Ecdysis SD Ecdysis Foundation was created to support the reimagining of agriculture along ecological principles with independent, farmer-driven research. To accomplish this, Ecdysis applies cutting-edge science to address the problems faced by farmers, ranchers, and bee keepers on the leading edge of regenerative agriculture. Through partnerships with major universities, Ecdysis trains the next generation of scientists to conduct applied ecological research and communicate this research to the people that need it the most, and train farmers to act as citizen scientists that contribute to regional and national research goals. The central outcomes of Ecdysis' research is to redesign agroecosystems to be more resilient and produce healthier food by increasing biodiversity and reducing disturbance to farmland. To provide the Research and Development that can make innovative practices scalable and transferable to as many operations as possible
EcoFarm: Ecological Farming Association EcoFarm: Ecological Farming Association CA The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is a nonprofit educational organization that coordinates networks, workshops, and conferences on sustainable agriculture. EcoFarm has facilitated the inception and continued development of an ecological and just food and farming system. To nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration
Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) Noble Research Institute US The Noble Research Institute (NRI) is a nonprofit agricultural research organization in the U.S. of scientists, consultants, collaborators, plant breeders, greenhouse assistants, agricultural economists, forage agronomists, beef producers, soils and crops specialists, wildlife biologists, biochemists, mycologists, genomicists, community members, teachers, life-long learners. NRI has embarked on an ambitious national effort to advance ecosystem service markets that incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health systems benefiting society. The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) aims to launch a fully functioning national scale ecosystem services market conceived and designed for the agriculture sector by 2022. To advance ecosystem service markets that incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health systems that benefit society
Farmer to Farmer Soil Health Series Illinois Stewardship Alliance IL Illinois Stewardship Alliance cultivates a local food and farm system that is economically viable, socially just and environmentally sustainable. The Alliance offers a 12-video Farmer-to-Farmer Soil Health Series from 7 different successful farmers across Illinois on the secrets to improving soil health, reducing chemical dependence, and managing risk for long-term financial and environmental success To build a network of farmers who care about the land and about each other
Farmers Combat Climate Change Initiative American Farmland Trust (AFT) NY, CA American Farmland Trust (AFT) works to protect farmland, promote environmentally sound farming practice, and keep farmers on the land. AFT's Farmers Combat Climate Change initiative promotes regenerative agricultural practices, protects farmland, and encourages solar energy that does not sacrifice agricultural land. believes conserving land and restoring soil is a critical strategy to improve agricultural productivity and reducing greenhouse gases. To help farmers, ranchers, and landowners play a unique role in reducing the growing threat of climate change while increasing food production, improving soil health, and protecting farmland for future generations
Florida Climate-Smart Agriculture Work Group Solutions from the Land FL The Florida Climate-Smart Agriculture Work Group is a partnership between Solutions from the Land and the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) that works across sectors to provide sustainable agricultural solutions. The Work Group is creating a climate opportunity and vulnerability assessment; developing an adaptive management strategy; developing and implementing an ecosystem services action plan that will enhance the resilience of Florida agriculture. To craft a plan for how the state’s agricultural lands can adapt to changing conditions and produce more clean water and air and other societal benefits
Food and Environment Program Union of Concerned Scientists US The Union of Concerned Scientists is a national nonprofit organization founded 50 years ago by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who sought to use the power of science to address global problems and improve people’s lives. The Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists is a team of scientists, analysts and advocates committed to building a food system that provides affordable, healthy food for all, builds diverse, sustainable farm ecosystems, and is fair to farmers, workers, and eaters. The Food and Environment Program works on sustainable agriculture. To advance sustainable agriculture through access to resources and research
Future-Friendly Farming National Wildlife Federation US The National Wildlife Federation, America's largest and most trusted conservation organization, works across the country to unite Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice. The National Wildlife Federation works with stakeholders to identify barriers to adoption of climate-friendly farming practices and implement solutions at multiple levels. Through the Future-Friendly Farming program, the National Wildlife Federation is promoting climate-friendly farming that includes cover crops, carbon markets, and protecting permanent grasslands. To offer techniques that farmers and ranchers can use to increase profits, reduce carbon pollution, and protect soil, water and wildlife habitat
Green America Green America US Green America is a national nonprofit working to promote social justice and environmental health in four focus areas: climate and clean energy, sustainable food and agriculture, responsible investing, and fair labor. Green America envisions a world where people have enough, communities are healthy and safe and that the world is preserved for future generations. To harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society
Healthy Soils California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) CA The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a statewide coalition that advances policy to realize the powerful climate solutions offered by sustainable and organic agriculture. CalCAN represents a statewide network of sustainable farmers and ranchers, and allied organizations, agricultural professionals, scientists and advocates. CalCAN has supported bills such as California's Health Soils Program. To advance policy in California that supports agriculture-based climate solutions
Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities Carbon Cycle Institute CA The Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI) focuses on reversing climate change by utilizing science-based solutions to reduce atmospheric carbon through environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic sustainability. CCI's Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities program focuses on advancing climate justice. The program drafted a report to share approaches that could be adopted to advance environmental justice in local communities. CCI and partners are continuing to work on identifying opportunities to advance these approaches through community-scale projects across California, and building the local and state policies and economic supports to scale them. To explore how a focus on soils, soil health, and soil carbon can address social and environmental justice for rural and urban communities in California (and the US)
Holistic Management International (HMI) Holistic Management International (HMI) International Holistic Management International (HMI) helps communities grow and thrive by educating family farmers and ranchers and pastoralists in regenerative agricultural practices that empower them to strengthen their businesses, produce healthier food, improve local wildlife habitats and protect the environment. To educate people in regenerative agriculture for healthy land and thriving communities
Implementation Task Force Marin Carbon Farming Project CA, National The Marin Carbon Project (MCP) is a coalition of agricultural institutions working to enhance carbon sequestration through soils on cropland, rangeland, and forests. The consortium includes university researchers, county and federal agencies, nonprofits, and John Wick, the owner of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch. MCP builds from scientific-based adoption strategies conducting applied research, demonstrations and implementation projects in Marin County. MCP maintains an Implementation Task Force which works to develop agricultural carbon sequestration programs. The Task Force works to provide resources for producer outreach, technical infrastructure and economic support that is transferable to other regions in California and across the nation. To develop agricultural carbon sequestration programs
Improve sustainability of commodity crop production Environmental Defense Fund US Guided by science and economics, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that tackles urgent threats with practical solutions. EDF's agriculture and land use initiatives focus on securing a sustainable, productive food supply that also supports a resilient environment. The improve sustainability of commodity crop production initiative helps farmers improve on-farm conservation practices. To help producers reduce run-off, as well as create market demand for crops that improve air and water quality
Kiss the Ground Kiss the Ground US Kiss the Ground is an education and advocacy nonprofit advancing initiatives across four distinct programs: Advocacy, Farmland, Education, and Media. To inspire participation in global regeneration, starting with soil.
Land and Water Program Quivera Coalition NM The Quivira Coalition builds soil, biodiversity, and resilience on western working landscapes. Quivira fosters ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. At the foundation of all Quivira's work is the concept that well-managed, working rangelands and forests are two of the most effective, efficient, and immediately viable paths to remedy the devastating impacts of climate change. Quivera's Land and Water program helps ranchers develop plans and management strategies for restoring and building resilience on slope wetlands, grasslands, and other working landscapes. To implement Quivira's founding principles of restoration, innovation and education on work sites
Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN) Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN) US Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN) is a comprehensive resource for farmers, foresters, ranchers and other landowners who wish to make responsible, sustainable decisions about their land. LandCAN offers a variety of resources, including informative articles and a searchable directory of conservation programs and professionals. To promote the protection of endangered species, wetlands, farms, forests, working lands and other wild spaces by empowering landowners to make smart decisions.
Land Core Leases Land Core USA US Land Core is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization advancing soil health programs and policies that create value for farmers, businesses, and communities. The organization was formed in response to the clear and urgent need to address the lack of infrastructure and direct economic incentives that would make the rapid adoption and scalability of regenerative soil health possible. The Leases program is an outcomes-based lease platform that will advance soil health adoption in America. To improve soil health over time, and give farmers access to long-term leases with low interest rates
Midwest Row Crop Collaborative Keystone Policy Center Midwest (IL, IA, NE) The Keystone Policy Center is a non-profit organization focused on driving actionable solutions for agriculture, environment, energy, education, and public health issues. The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, a project of the Keystone Policy Center, is an innovate partnership aligned to drive positive environmental change in the upper Mississippi River Basin working to catalyze innovation among diverse public/private sector partnerships and projects that accelerate sustainable agricultural solutions. It is comprised of leading businesses and nonprofits that span the full food and agriculture value chain who collaborate by developing, funding and implementing cutting-edge programs and pilot projects that substantiate the water, air and soil benefits of sustainable agricultural practices and pave the way for broader change in the agricultural system. To create a U.S. agricultural system that is part of a healthy environmental ecosystem and is economically viable for all in the value chain, a system with healthy soils that protects water, that addresses the factors contributing to climate change and that supports farm families
Minnesota Soil Health Coalition Minnesota Soil Health Coalition MN The Minnesota Soil Health Coalition’s birth is due to producers implementing soil health practices understanding the importance of a producer-driven, producer-led soil health organization in Minnesota to provide information, support, and networking. To provide producer-driven education, outreach, and adoption utilizing information exchange to promote the principles of soil health practices
Mississippi Healthy Soils Initiative Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (F.A.R.M) MS Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (F.A.R.M.) is an association of growers and landowners that strive to implement recognized agricultural practices which will conserve, restore, and enhance the environment of the Northwest Mississippi. Delta F.A.R.M maintains the Mississippi Healthy Soils Initiative program, which helps growers to be more sustainable and profitable through the restoration of soil. The initiative works with farmers to manage systems that build healthy soils. To help farmers manage systems that build healthy soils
National Grazing Lands Coalition National Grazing Lands Coalition US The National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC) is a nationwide consortium of individuals and organizations working together to maintain and improve the management and the health of the nation’s grazing lands, mostly private but also public. NatGLC is driven by agricultural producers, conservation, scientific, watershed, erosion control, and other environmental organizations for the benefit of America’s grazing lands resource. To promote ecologically and economically sound management of all private grazing lands for all their adapted uses and multiple benefits to society through science-based technical assistance, research and education
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition US The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) advocates for federal policy reform for the sustainability of food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. To advance federal policies and programs that promote conservation measures, the sustainable production of renewable energy, and sustainable and organic farming systems as primary means to reduce agricultural pollution, promote biodiversity, rebuild and enhance the soil, and address climate change
No-Till on the Plains No-Till on the Plains US, High Plains No-till on the Plains, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization providing information for producers to adopt high-quality continuous no-till systems, and to further develop those systems. No-till on the Plains provides information on economically sound, agronomically superior and environmentally safer agricultural systems of producing food, fiber and fuels. To teach a consistent message of several key components including high-quality continuous no-tillage with invisible sowing methods, undisturbed previous crop residue or growing a living mulch between cash crops, diverse crop rotations along with planned, managed grazing of livestock
Ohio Smart Agriculture Solutions from the Land OH Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land (OSA:SfL) is a statewide initiative working to identify and implement pragmatic, proven, and innovative solutions to challenges confronting Ohio farmers in the face of environmental uncertainty and in support of a food system that benefits producers, the public, and the planet. Goals include sustainable intensification, climate change adaptation, and improved environmental resilience. To boost profitability for farmers at all scales and in all settings (from rural to urban) while restoring environmental resilience, building strong communities, engaging consumers and ensuring public health and access to nutritious food
Pasture Project Pasture Project Upper Mississippi River Basin The Pasture Project is an affiliate program of the Wallace Center at Winrock International. The Pasture Project is a movement of farmers and farmland supporters helping land managers reintegrate livestock rotation in the heart of Upper Midwest farming. To increase the acreage in the Upper Mississippi River Basin that is under more environmentally-sustainable management
Quantifying Economic and Environmental Benefits of Soil Health American Farmland Trust US American Farmland Trust (AFT) works to protect farmland, promote environmentally sound farming practice, and keep farmers on the land. AFT is quantifying the economic and environmental benefits of soil health through soil health case studies that estimated the net economic and environmental improvements experienced by four farmers who have adopted several soil health practices, including: no-till or strip-till, cover crops, nutrient management, conservation cover, compost application, and mulching. To provide the economic evidence that soil health practices work
Rangeland Monitoring Network Point Blue Conservation CA Point Blue Conservation is a leader in climate-smart conservation to help ensure that wildlife and communities continue to thrive in the decades to come. Point Blue believes that collaborative climate-smart conservation actions today can lead to ecosystems that sustain healthy wildlife and human communities well into the future. As leaders and innovators in conservation science, Point Blue has the vision, scientific rigor, passion, and ability to inspire others to act to make positive conservation outcomes possible for a healthy blue planet. The Rangeland Monitoring Network seeks to understand and measure ecological function of rangelands and increase communication and collaboration among managers across California. To preserve the ecological value of rangelands and recommend conservation actions that enhance their function for people and wildlife
Real Organic Label Real Organic Project US The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement created to distinguish soil-grown and pasture-raised products under USDA organic. To create an add-on label to USDA certified organic to provide more transparency on organic farming practices and level the playing field right on the shelf
Regeneration International Regeneration International International Regeneration International is a multi-country, multi-sector international movement to reverse global warming and end world hunger by facilitating and accelerating the global transition to regenerative agriculture and land management. To promote, facilitate and accelerate the global transition to regenerative food, farming and land management for the purpose of restoring climate stability, ending world hunger and rebuilding deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems
Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) Pilot Program Regenerative Organic Certification US Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) is a holistic agriculture certification encompassing pasture-based animal welfare, fairness for farmers and workers, and robust requirements for soil health and land management. The Regenerative Organic Alliance oversees the Regenerative Organic Certification framework and guidelines. To facilitate the adoption of agricultural practices that build, rather than degrade, soils, by increasing soil organic matter, biodiversity, and fertility
ReThink Soil The Nature Conservancy US The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. The ReThink Soil report makes the case for investing in sustainable soil health practices that can increase agricultural yields, generate more profit for farmers, and reduce negative environmental impacts. To overcome the science and research gap to support expansion of soil health management
Soil Carbon Challenge Soil Carbon Coalition US The Soil Carbon Coalition is a nonprofit organization (501c3) wanting to advance the practice, and spread awareness of the opportunity, of turning atmospheric carbon into living landscapes and soil carbon (such as soil life, organic matter, humus, etc.). The Soil Carbon Challenge is an international (and localized) competition to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter, to grow the soil sponge. To show with good data what’s possible, and recognize those land managers who know how to increase soil carbon
Soil Health Rodale Institute PA Rodale Institute is growing the organic movement through rigorous, solutions-based research, farmer training, and consumer education. Rodale Institute improves the health and well-being of people and the planet through organic leadership with the aim to expand organic agriculture by assisting farmers in successfully transitioning to organic; conducting research on organic farming methods and their impacts; and educating consumers on the benefits of organic for people and planet. Rodale Institute has focused on soil health since its founding, conducting research projects on cover crops, no-till, compost, legume rotations, among many other practice types. To improve the relationship between growers and the complex soil building concepts and techniques so all growers can gain the ecological and financial benefits of healthy soil
Soil Health Alliance Western New York Soil Health Alliance (WNY SHA) NY The Western New York Soil Health Alliance (WNY SHA) works to assist and bring soil health management strategies to farmers throughout Western New York. WNY SHA's Soil Health Alliance promotes local farm trials, develops a farmer-to-farmer network, and serves as a collective voice for issues affective production practices. To connect local producers with local soil health resources
Soil Health and Organic Farming Reports Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) US Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. OFRF offers a number of Soil Health and Organic Farming Reports. To foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems by cultivating organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production
Soil Health Challenge Area Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research US The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established by bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. The Soil Health Challenge Area enriches soil by building knowledge, fueling innovation and enabling the adoption of soil management practices. To increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population
Soil Health Champions Network (SHCN) National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) US National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. The NACD Soil Health Champions Network (SHCN) is made up of more than 240 farmers, ranchers and woodland owners from across the nation who practice good soil health management on their operations and promote the use of soil health management systems in their communities. To increase the adoption of soil health systems by farmers and other landowners nationwide
Soil Health Economics: Measuring & Validating the Economic Benefits & Costs of Soil Health Practices Farm Foundation Indiana Farm Foundation is an agricultural policy institute cultivating dynamic non-partisan collaboration to meet society’s needs for food, fiber, feed and energy. For the Soil Health Economics: Measuring & Validating the Economic Benefits & Costs of Soil Health Practices program, Farm Foundation has contracted with Purdue University to lead a three-year project to gather and organize economic data related to conservation practices that promote soil health. To build a data set that can be used to assess the long-term economic and environmental consequences of adopting cover crops and no-till conservation practices
Soil Health Initiative Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development Area CT The Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development (CT RC&D) Area is a organization that works to create partnerships and initiatives to ensure agriculture and economic sustainability. RC&D partners with nonprofit, public, private, municipal, state, and federal entitles to develop initiatives and programs to sustain natural and agricultural resources while strengthening the Connecticut economy. The CT RC&D Soil Health Initiative coordinates workshops, which provide practical hands-on opportunities for farmers to practice rolling cover crops, soil pit investigation, and rainfall simulation on healthy and not-so-healthy soils. These two workshops per year in partnership with US Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conversation Service (USDA-NRCS) staff, who provide valued expertise and instruction to attendees. To promote education and practice through hands-on demonstrations and field exercises on rolling cover crops, soil pit investigation, and rainfall simulation on healthy and not-so healthy soils
Soil Health Initiative - Mobile Soils Classrooms NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation NC The NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation is a public non-profit that provides funding to projects addressing natural resource and environmental issues while building conservation capacity through its mission to promote, protect, and improve North Carolina soil and water resources as well as ensure economic growth and environmental stewardship. The Foundation is partnering with the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to fund regional Mobile Soils Classrooms. The Mobile Soils Classrooms will be used to teach all citizens about the benefits and the importance of soil health. To teach all citizens about the benefits and the importance of soil health
Soil Health Initiative - Multi-Species Cover Crops NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation NC The NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation is a public non-profit that provides funding to projects addressing natural resource and environmental issues while building conservation capacity through its mission to promote, protect, and improve North Carolina soil and water resources as well as ensure economic growth and environmental stewardship. The Foundation's Soil Health Initiative - Multi Species Cover Crops program promotes and refines the use of multi-species cover crops across North Carolina farmland, supporting the national Soil Health Initiative. To promote and refine the use of multi-species cover crops in North Carolina
Soil Health Institute Soil Health Institute US, Canada & Mexico The Soil Health Institute (SHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization charged with coordinating and supporting soil stewardship and advancing soil health. SHI takes a comprehensive approach for addressing adoption of soil health systems, including the business case, measurements, farmer training, research and development, impact assessment, informed policies, consumer education, and increasing market demand for food, fiber and fuel grown using soil health management systems. The Institute works with its many stakeholders to identify gaps in research and adoption; develop strategies, networks, and funding to address those gaps; and ensure beneficial impact of those investments to agriculture, the environment, and to society. To safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement
Soil Health Nexus North Central Regional Water Network IA,IN, IL,KS,ND,SD,MI,WI, OH The North Central Region Soil Health Nexus is a university-led team created in 2015 with funding from the North Central Region Water Network. The Soil Health Nexus is a coalition of representatives from Land Grant Universities across the 12-state region to improve the access to soil health research, knowledge, extension and resources. To increase access to research-based soil health knowledge, extension and resources
Soil Health Partnership Soil Health Partnership IL, IN, IA, MN, ND, NE, OH, WI The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health, benefiting farmer profitability, a stable food supply, and the environment. The ultimate goal is to measure and communicate the economic and environmental benefits of different soil management strategies, and provide a set of regionally specific, data‑driven recommendations that farmers can use to improve the productivity and sustainability of their farms. To make agriculture more productive and sustainable through improved soil health
Soil Health: Regenerating the foundation of life Elemental impact (Ei) US Elemental Impact (Ei) works with industry leaders to instill best regenerative operating practices to benefit the value-chain, corporate goals, communities and the environment. Ei's soil health explores how regenerative agriculture practices may be applied to urban landscapes at public parks, roadway medians, and shoulders, and corporate, university, and government campuses. To educate on depleted soils’ direct relationship with the carbon crisis, out-of-balance carbon cycles, contaminated waterways, excessive water usage, erosion control, stormwater management, and production of nutritious food
Soil Institute PASA Sustainable Agriculture PA PASA Sustainable Agriculture is a community of farmers and supporters, focused on education and evidence-based research, for the purpose of building a more economically-just, environmentally-regenerative, and community-focused food system. The Soil Institute advances the art and science of sustainable farming through education and research. The Soil Institute's Soil Health Benchmark Study is a citizen-science project that lets farmers comprehensively assess of the health of their soils, and see how their soil health data compares to the data of their peers. To train a new generation of farmers, advance innovative practices for farmland stewardship, and effectively communicate achievements to consumers, neighbors, and policymakers
Soil Science Society of America Soil Science Society of America US The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. SSSA provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use. To provide quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives
Soil Solutions The Center for Food Safety US The Center for Food Safety (CFS), the parent organization of Soil Solutions, is a public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization. Soil Solutions is a program communicating the critical importance of rebuilding soil health for food security, fresh water availability, and climate stability. To advance the under-recognized opportunity to mitigate climate change and, by providing people with a hopeful and accessible solution, empower them to rebuild soil carbon in their community
Soil Technical Assistance and Soil Carbon Restoration Programs Northeast Organic Farming Association Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass) MA Northeast Organic Farming Association Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass) promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet through education and advocacy. The Soil Technical Assistance and Soil Carbon Restoration Program offers holistic management recommendations to help reduce barriers to building soil health across the state. To provide farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, and land managers across the state with soil technical assistance
Soil, Water & Habitat Conservation Sand County Foundation WI The Sand County Foundation partners with organizations and communities to support conservation on working lands through ethical and scientifically sound management practices. SCF works with private landowners to apply conservation on their land in order to improve their business and the environment. To bring together communities and create meaningful incentives for landowners to adopt conservation practices
South Dakota Soil Health Coalition South Dakota Soil Health Coalition SD The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition is a producer-led organization focused on soil health that works to provide educational and outreach materials throughout South Dakota. The Soil Health Initiative is a collective effort to increase the application of sustainable agriculture production using diversification and soil health principles. To promote improved soil health
South Dakota Soil Health Coalition South Dakota Soil Health Coalition SD The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition is a collective effort to increase sustainable ag production through diversification and improved soil health. To promote improved soil health
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension US The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is a decentralized competitive grants and education program operating in every state and island protectorate. SARE funds projects to advance agricultural innovation that promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities. To advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education
Sustainable Farming Association Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota MN The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota advances environmental stewardship, economic resilience and strong, diverse communities through farmer-to-farmer networking, education, demonstration and research To help protect and enhance our food-producing resources – water, land, air and people – by advancing regenerative agriculture principles
Sustainable Food and Farming Program EarthJustice US Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization. EarthJustice's Sustainable Food & Farming program supports and accelerates using sustainable and profitable natural systems, such as crop rotations, cover crops, integrated animal-crop approaches, careful pest management, or adding trees or steam buffers to crop land these approaches, while fighting polluting or harmful practices. To improve the nation’s food system, from crop selection and farming practices to food processing and accessibility
The Carbon Underground The Carbon Underground US The Carbon Underground was created in 2013 with two core goals—coalesce the emerging science on soil’s relationship to climate change and tell the world about a possibility to not simply slow down this threat, but reverse it. To coordinate a globally inter-connected set of research groups working to demonstrate the game-changing impact of sustainable agriculture and land management as critical tools for sequestering carbon
The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) New England The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) is a leader in promoting sustainable approaches to landscape design, construction, and management. ELA’s commitment to innovative ideas and evidence-based practices has made the organization both a trusted resource and a vibrant community of landscape professionals and devoted gardeners. To advocate for ecological landscape practices through education, collaboration, and outreach
The Land Institute The Land Institute US/International The Land Institute is a science-based research organization working to develop an alternative to current destructive agricultural practices. The Land Institute is committed to researching and developing food production methods that sustain the land and soil. To advancing perennial grain crops and polyculture farming solutions
Vermont (VT) Healthy Soils Coalition Vermont (VT) Healthy Soils Coalition VT The Vermont (VT) Healthy Soils Coalition is a coalition of mostly Vermonters, representing grassroots activists and enthusiasts, organizations, and businesses that work with or for the land, water and climate. The VT Healthy Soils Coalition fosters education, communication and collaboration to catalyze relationships that regenerate healthy soils and the communities that depend on them. To increase the awareness of the significance of biological soil health and to maximize the collective effectiveness of soil and water groups
Washington State Soil Health Committee Washington State Soil Health Committee WA The Washington State Soil Health Committee advocates for soil health and conservation in Washington State by educating landowners and citizens about current best practices in preventing soil erosion and enhancing soil health on arable lands. To work with landowners, funding entities, and state, local, and federal government agencies to promote sustainable soil conservation practices that will enhance soil health in Washington State
Webinar Series on Soil Health Organic Farming and Research Foundation US Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. OFRF Webinar Series on Soil Health align with topics covered in OFRF’s Soil Health and Organic Farming Guidebooks to explore the most recent research on soil health practices, while offering practical guidelines for building healthy soil. To provide practical guidelines for growers, in-depth analysis of research outcomes, and an opportunity to get questions answered

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Soil Matters: The Regenerative Agriculture Solution Annie's US Soil Matters: The Regenerative Agriculture Solution is a partnership between small farmers and Annie's that demonstrates what supply chain relationships could look like in a more sustainable, soil-friendly future. To build measurement systems to track farm-level outcomes and work with producers to understand how farming practices lead to measurable outcomes like soil organic carbon
Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions US Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions (BSS) is a consulting firm that works to develop a more sustainable world. BSS leads a Carbon Sequestration through Soil initiative which focuses on promoting the carbon sequestration potential of regenerative agriculture practices. BSS offers many educational resources available on soil health policy, science, and solutions. To scale up carbon sequestration
Sustainability Responsibility General Mills, Inc US General Mills has a sustainability mission to treat the world with care. General Mills has multiple focus areas for sustainability including: climate change, water stewardship, sustainable sourcing, regenerative agrictulure, ecosystems, etc. To support the development of tools and resources for farmers, landowners, and supply chain leaders to achieve widespread adoption of soil health practices.
Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN Land O'Lakes US Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN’s™ network brings together the best in agricultural technology and on-farm business management to drive sustainability across the food system, feeding people, safeguarding the planet and supporting farmer livelihoods. SUSTAIN™ established and offers the Trueterra Suite of on-farm conservation tools. To train and authorize the company’s owner retailers on best practices and precision agriculture technologies that improve nutrient use efficiency and soil health while keeping growers productive.
Patagonia Provisions Patagonia US Patagonia prioritizes regenerative practices for apparel and the Patagonia Provisions food business. The goals of Patagonia Provisions are to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. Patagonia assisted in creating the Regenerative Organic Certification with the Rodale Institute. To find solutions to repair the food industry
Tin Shed Ventures Patagonia US Patagonia launched Tin Shed Ventures, originally $20 Million and Change, in May 2013, to partner with businesses focused on building renewable energy infrastructure, practicing regenerative organic agriculture, conserving water, diverting waste and creating sustainable materials. To prove that business—and investments—can be engines for positive change
Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT US Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT is an organic farmland finance company that provides farmer-friendly leases and mortgages to the next generation of organic farmers. Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT makes investments in organic agriculture. To make organic agriculture the norm, not the exception, in America to benefit the health of the soil and of future generations
Foris.io Foris.io US The foris.io team is dedicated to helping save water, energy and keep earth's valuable soil healthy for generations to come. Foris.io develops technology for precision agriculture through data and grower records, machine learning, cognitive computing, and analytics. Foris.io's Crop Treatment mobile app enables holistic field management through better decision-making regarding irrigation, crop treatments, weather, crop history and soil amendments using all the data available brought together in one platform. To give growers the best information possible so that they can make the best decisions possible to attain the mutual goal of providing the most nutritious food at the best price for all partners
Sustainable agriculture and food systems funders (SAFSF) Sustainable agriculture and food systems funders US Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is a vibrant and growing affinity group (also known as a philanthropic support organization) for philanthropic grantmakers and mission-based investors that have an interest in just and sustainable food and agriculture systems. SAFSF members make investments at local, regional, state, tribal, national, and international levels to support activities and strategies related to justice, farms and farming systems, environmental sustainability, markets, health, agricultural products, and much more within the food system. To help grantmakers and investors take risks, contribute funding, and support sustainable agriculture through forums and workshops educating funders on the issues and gaps in sustainable agriculture, strengthening connections, and fostering collaborations
Field to Market Program Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture US Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations, agribusinesses, food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies, conservation groups, universities, and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring, and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market has several projects and reviews focused on soil health using their Supply Chain Sustainability Program and Fieldprint® Platform. To provide a common framework for sustainability measurement that farmers and the supply chain can use to better understand and assess performance at the field, local, state and national levels
Climate Fieldview The Climate Corporation International The Climate Corporation aims to help all the world's farmers sustainably increase their productivity with digital tools. Climate FieldView is used to make data-driven decisions to maximize return on every acre. To create technologies that transform field data into meaningful insights that help farmers sustainably enhance yield potential, improve efficiency, and manage their risk
Danone Regenerative Agriculture efforts Danone International Danone is dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible. Danone is a leading global food & beverage company and has become a world leader in four businesses: Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products, Early Life Nutrition, Medical Nutrition and Waters. Danone works with a number of partners to help improve global understanding of how agricultural practices can help nourish and protect soil health. To help overcome challenges of farmer economic development, climate change, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss by developing new agricultural models that can regenerate the planet while feeding a global population that is set to surpass 9 billion people by 2050
TomKat Ranch TomKat Ranch CA The TomKat Ranch is a 1,800-acre grass-fed cattle ranch in the San Francisco Bay Area with a team of ranchers, scientists, and advocates looking to nature to guide their landscape management in support of their values. Over the next five years, TomKat Ranch hopes to have inspired the transition of one million acres of California rangeland to regenerative management. To focus on holistic solutions that improve soil health, climate stability, water quality and availability, animal welfare, human health, economic prosperity, and biodiversity
Field Biology Profile™ Trace Genomics US Trace Genomics is an analytics engine that learns as it maps the living soil to maximize the value of every acre. Field Biology Profile™ works by digitalizing the living soil, applying a proprietary soil DNA extraction and sequencing process to index, and quantifying millions of microbes in the soil. The data is then decoded, conducting high speed, cost efficient data analysis to compare against a large and growing set of soil data. Field Biology Profile™ supports good decision-making by enabling data-driven, evidence-based recommendations for the best actions to take. To help farmers and their trusted partners harness the full potential of their living soil by integrating the latest advancements in genomics, machine learning and agronomy
ILSoy Advisor Illinois Soybean Association IL ILSoy Advisor is a part of the Illinois Soybean Association state checkoff and membership that funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. ILSoy Advisor provides resource information for farmers for different farm management areas cultivating soybeans in Illinois. To ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace
Soil Health University & Trade Show High Plains Journal High Plains The Soil Health University & Trade Show is a 2-day event put on by the High Plains Journal that provides high-quality instruction to teach High Plains farmers and ranchers how to sustainably maximize profit from every acre of land. To reflect land as a resource that, when treated with care, can continue to provide for farmers and ranchers even when times are tough
Certified Transitional Initiative Kashi Company US Kashi is a plant-based food company using whole grains to make cereals and more with the mission that real food has the power to do more than fill us with calories—it can create positive change in ourselves and in the world. Kashi supports farmers in transition to organic with new cereal made with wheat from transitional farmland. Kashi has partnered with Quality Assurance International (QAI) to create a "Certified Transitional" standard. To support farmers during the three-year journey to becoming USDA certified organic
Continuum Ag Continuum Ag IA Continuum Ag is an agriculture consulting and data management company with a focus on soil health. Continuum Ag utilizes top technologies so growers can learn to better allocate resources in order to optimize every acre and improve return on investment. To work with farmers on data collection and soil testing to ensure improved soil health
No-Till Farmer No-Till Farmer US No-Till Farmer is a magazine and newsletter publication focused on no-till farming practices and equipment. To deliver cutting-edge information and technologies to guide farm operators engaged in no-tillage practices
MegaFood MegaFood US MegaFood is a vitamins and supplements company focused on meeting the highest standards for ecological and social sustainability. MegaFood is committed to regenerative agriculture to solve the soil crisis, help with climate change, replenish water cycles, restore soil fertility and increase nutrient density. To create a world where everyone is truly nourished
Green Cover Seed Green Cover Seed US Green Seed Cover researches and develops cover crop seeds and seed mixes made by farmers, for farmers. To help farmers and ranchers regenerate God's creation for future generations
Clean Field Farming™ Gerber US Gerber is a subsidiary of Nestle. They are a purveyor of baby food and baby products. Through Clean Field Farming™, Gerber ensures that the fruits and vegetables they use for purees are nutritious, wholesome. To grow food specifically for babies

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