Soil Health

What’s in a soil science certification?

Guest column by Marta McCoy NACD has been a partner to the Tri-Societies (made up of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America) for decades. Not only do these organizations share many of the same values and philosophies - especially when it comes to the efficacy of science-based soil management practices - they also share an…… Continue reading →

Conservation in Montana: Endecott Ranch

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (MDNRC) has recently published three stories on Montana farmers and ranchers who have devoted a great deal of time and energy to conservation work. In the series' first story (featured below), we meet Janet Endecott of McAllister, Montana. NACD would like to thank Linda Brander, a resource specialist for the Conservation Districts Bureau within MDNRC,…… Continue reading →

California RCDs, CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program leading the way to climate smart ag

Guest column by Kristen Murphy California RCDs resource conservation districts (RCDs) are innovators in carbon farm plans, carbon accounting for farm practices, and carbon farming - including compost on rangeland. Through programs, demonstrations, and partnerships, RCDs are leading the way in assisting farmers and ranchers throughout the state. [caption id="attachment_8996" align="alignright" width="541"] Karen Buhr, executive director of CARCD,…… Continue reading →

NACD, state associations, local districts celebrate annual Stewardship Week

By Diana Blackwood The week of April 30 to May 7, 2017 marked NACD's 62nd annual Stewardship Week. Thousands of dedicated conservationists celebrated the 2017 Stewardship Week theme “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” by holding or participating in field days, soil health workshops, and other conservation outreach events throughout the country, helping to raise awareness about soils…… Continue reading →

SHI’s action plan has goal of making soil health ‘cornerstone’ of natural resources policy

By Whitney Forman-Cook The Soil Health Institute unveiled its soil health action plan aimed at “driving advancements” in soil conservation nationwide this morning from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Among the plan’s goals is to make soil health “the cornerstone of natural resource management policies throughout the nation.” “Today’s announcement, and the panel…… Continue reading →

The importance of Section 319 grants

By Eric Hansen Conservation districts draw on a variety of funding sources to protect and conserve our nation’s natural resources. Districts pull from farm bill conservation programs, state resource protection programs, and leverage private funds to achieve conservation objectives. They also can apply for funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Section 319 program. Fast…… Continue reading →

Conservation Client Gateway available to more producers than ever

By Bill Berry A key gateway to NRCS and conservation district services just got bigger. Conservation Client Gateway, the secure online web application for landowners and land managers, is now available to business entities in addition to individual landowners. So, if your family-owned farming operation is a limited liability corporation or another business entity consistent…… Continue reading →

Soil Health PSAs: A great way to spread the message

By Beth Mason The Redlands Community College (El Reno, Oklahoma), USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, and Oklahoma NRCS recently teamed up to produce three public service announcements (PSAs) on soil health. These made-for-radio PSAs will be broadcast to promote soil health practices as a cost-saving strategy that helps farmers and ranchers mitigate the effects of extreme…… Continue reading →

Forestry Notes Q&A: Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

By Mike Beacom Gerry Gray and Paul Ries serve as co-chairs of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC), whose mission is to “increase tangible support for urban forests on a national and local level; educate diverse audiences (from policy makers to the public) about the value and need for healthy urban forests; and network and…… Continue reading →

Texas association hosts ‘Soil Health Short Course’

By Tamara Daniel Last week, more than 250 producers attended the Texas Soil Health Short Course - a two-day event hosted in partnership by the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Texas NRCS, and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. The short course featured presentations and demonstrations by scientists and…… Continue reading →

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