Today, on World Soil Day, the nonprofit Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research announces a $9.4 million grant to the Soil Health Institute, NCGA’s Soil Health Partnership and The Nature Conservancy to improve soil health and, ultimately, support positive economic and environmental outcomes for American farmers.
The grant will be matched by General Mills, Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, Midwest Row Crop Collaborative, Monsanto, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Walmart Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and individual donors for a total investment of nearly $20 million.
The goal of this project is to accelerate adoption and benefits of soil health management systems nationally by supporting collaborative research and education. Soil health is a critical component of a productive and sustainable agricultural system. Farming practices that improve soil health can increase profitability while protecting natural resources like air and water for communities.