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Advancing soil health and sustainable agricultural systems

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FFAR awarded $9.4 million to the Soil Health Institute, the Soil Health Partnership and The Nature Conservancy for collaborative research and education during 2018-2020. The goals are to accelerate adoption and benefits of managing soil health, which can increase farm profitability while protecting natural resources for sustainable agricultural systems.

This project will develop and test standardized measurements for industry adoption in evaluating soil health, while expanding education and decision support tools for local farmers, agronomists and landowners.

Significant engagement with farmers will catalyze greater adoption of soil health promoting practices that benefit productivity, farmer livelihoods and the environment.

Steven Shafer, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Soil Health Institute

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