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.

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

A Million in a Teaspoon

A Million in a Teaspoon

Coming just at the end of 2015, the International Year of Soils, a new organization has launched to promote soil health and research. The Soil Health Institute will work with farmers and ranchers, public- and private-sector researchers, universities, government agencies and policymakers, industry, environmental groups, and consumers. It’s an evolution

US Composting Council Tackles Food Waste, Hunger

Bethesda, MD (January 6, 2015) The US Composting Council and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) today announced a partnership to take to a wider audience the message of the connection between the growing problems of food waste and hunger among America’s seniors. In commenting on the unusual

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