Tag: soil health

The term soil health is used to describe the state of a soil in:
Sustaining plant and animal productivity and diversity;
Maintaining or enhance water and air quality;
Supporting human health and habitation.
Soil Health has partly if not largely replaced the expression “Soil Quality” that was extant in the 1990s. The primary difference between the two expressions is that soil quality was focused on individual traits within a functional group, as in “quality of soil for maize production” or “quality of soil for roadbed preparation” and so on. The addition of the word “health” shifted the perception to be integrative, holistic and systematic. The two expressions still overlap considerably.

Solutions for Healthy Soil

Solutions for Healthy Soil

It’s an entertaining and yet shocking pastime to read vintage advertisements. Today, we shake our heads in amazement at bygone celebrities who extol the relaxing and “digestive benefits” promised by smoking a particular brand of cigarette, at manufacturers who quaintly promote a children’s “lead party” with their paint icons, and

Managing for Drought

Managing for Drought

The mania for a green lawn, or in some cases green anything, across many regions of the US has been quelled by recent droughts (thankfully now abating). Even long before water meters were spinning at record rates for golf resorts, private homes, and corporate campuses, scientists have been devising technologies

Healthy Soils

Healthy Soils

It’s an entertaining and yet shocking pastime to read vintage advertisements. Today, we shake our heads in amazement at bygone celebrities who extol the relaxing and “digestive benefits” promised by smoking a particular brand of cigarette, at manufacturers who quaintly promote a children’s “lead party” with their paint icons, and

Editor’s Comments: Where Do We Go From Here?

Editor’s Comments: Where Do We Go From Here?

A little more than two years ago, I wrote an editorial for Stormwater—Erosion Control’s sister publication—about the agri­cultural exemption from many of our water-quality regulations. While urban areas and construction sites are subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits and other requirements, agricultural operations have less oversight, and their

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

The NWQI helps farmers and ranchers implement voluntary

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced an investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

The NWQI helps farmers and ranchers implement voluntary

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Cover Crops: Making a Comeback

Cover Crops: Making a Comeback

Although the practice of using cover crops on agricultural fields after a harvest is thousands of years old, it’s been largely displaced by modern chemistry. Cover crops were common in ancient China, India, Rome, and northern Europe. They were once used in North America—and still are, or are being used

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

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