For Kevin Ross, soil conservation is about more than helping the environment today – it is also a priority to ensure that his farm will stay productive long into the future. He hopes his sons will continue his family’s long term interest in agriculture and their operation.
Dave Moose can already see the benefits of no-till and cover crops on his Illinois farm—more worms, more organic matter and better soil retention. But he wants to see quantifiable research that will clearly spell out the pros and cons for every farmer interested in pursuing these practices.
“We look forward to the SHP soil sampling to see how much change in the soil is occurring. We’re curious to learn about the impact of our management practices on soil health as well as yield and the bottom line.”
”I plan on farming for a long while, and we have to be smarter as an industry how we do things. I can help bring about that change by adopting new practices and setting an example for others to follow."
“We’re hoping certain cover crops will not only help us build soil and organic matter, but also help us lower that chemical bill.”
“My grandparents used cover crops to control weeds and diseases. We are returning to that, innovating upon those earlier techniques, alongside no-till, because it builds our soil profile and our soil biology."
We are identifying, testing and measuring management practices to improve soil health and benefit farmers’ operations. Many farmers across the country are implementing innovative management practices that result in economic and environmental benefits. We are building upon the work of these farmers to provide connections between on-farm practices and improving soil health.
We believe the results of this farmer-led project will provide a platform for sharing information from farmers to farmers, with the support and resources to benefit farmers’ bottom lines and agricultural sustainability. We are helping provide the spark for greater understanding and more broadly implementing agricultural practices that work best.
An NCGA Initiative
Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Walton Family Foundation
Midwest Row Crop Collaborative
The General Mills Foundation
With Technical Support From
The Environmental Defense Fund
The Nature Conservancy