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.
Ask anyone in agriculture and they’ll tell you: healthy soils sustain optimal yields. Just as important, if less apparent, is the crucial role soil health can play in protecting water quality and other aspects of good environmental stewardship.
While agriculture has seen massive leaps in technological innovation, we haven’t seen a concentrated effort to aggregate and measure the beneficial effects of long-term innovative soil management strategies. Until now.
At least a ten-year scientific program administered by the National Corn Growers Association, SHP brings together diverse partners to work towards common goals.
With more than 100 working farms enrolled in 12 states, the SHP tests, measures and advances progressive farm management practices that will enhance sustainability and farm economics for generations to come.
HOW DOES THE SOIL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP DEFINE SOIL HEALTH?
We believe soil health is the continued capacity of a soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans.
An NCGA Initiative
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
The General Mills Foundation
Midwest Row Crop Collaborative
National Wheat Foundation
Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Walton Family Foundation
With Technical Support From
The Environmental Defense Fund
The Nature Conservancy
With Scientific Advice From
Larry Clemens, The Nature Conservancy
Alison Eagle, Environmental Defense Fund
Joe Fargione, The Nature Conservancy
Suzy Friedman, Environmental Defense Fund
Nick Goeser, Ph.D., NCGA
Daren Harmel, Ph.D., USDA-ARS
Jerry Hatfield, Ph.D., USDA-ARS
Wayne Honeycutt, Ph.D., NRCS
Doug Karlen, Ph.D., USDA-ARS-MWA
Eileen Kladivko, Ph.D., Purdue University
Charles Rice, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Peter Scharf, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Jeff Seale, Ph.D. Monsanto
Wally Tyner, Ph.D., Purdue University
Harold Van Es, Ph.D., Cornell University
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