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Soil Health Partnership Urges Farmers to Take USDA Survey

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Whether you are a longtime advocate of cover crops—or have never even considered using them—the Soil Health Partnership is encouraging all farmers to participate in the USDA’s 2017 Cover Crop Survey. In its fifth year, the survey helps the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program understand why farmers choose to use cover crops, or the reasons that they don’t. …


Food, Conservation Groups Invest in Soil to Sustain Food Production

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A national effort to enhance farm sustainability through soil health has additional backing from a major consumer foods manufacturer. Leaders from General Mills, The Nature Conservancy, the Soil Health Institute and the Soil Health Partnership announce a collaborative effort to advance soil health on America’s farms and ranches, paving the way for measurable economic and environmental gains for farmers, businesses …

Poultry litter being incorporated into the soil during disking, a process that turns the soil and pulverizes it so that the litter will be mixed into it. Over a 3-year period, ARS scientists determined that yields were cumulatively higher in plots with litter applied in the spring rather than in the fall. (Photo by Haile Tewolde)

Maximizing Profits with Poultry Litter

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A Mississippi-based Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has learned that using poultry litter as fertilizer can help cotton growers in the Southeast maximize profits. Poultry litter (chicken manure, spilled feed, excess feathers, and other poultry-house materials) contains nitrogen and phosphorus—both important crop nutrients. Applying poultry litter to the soil also recycles some of the tons of litter generated annually by …

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APHIS Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule

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Revises Requirements for Importation and Interstate Movement of Plant Pests, Biocontrol Agents, and Soil The comment period for APHIS’ proposed rule to revise the regulations in 7 CFR part 330 that govern the movement into and within the United States of plant pests, biological control agents, and soil, has been extended until April 19, 2017. This 30 day extension will …


CDFA / USDA to Host Joint Summit on Healthy Soils

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The public is invited to a Soils Summit hosted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on healthy soil and climate smart agriculture. The meeting provides an opportunity to explore roles and collaborative opportunities for managing California soils for health and natural fertility while reducing greenhouse gases.

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World Soil Day: Celebrating the Magic Beneath

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by CDFA and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in California Today is World Soil Day, as recognized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of natural systems and a vital contributor to human well-being. One of the primary building blocks of a successful civilization is developing a …

Crotalaria, cover crop keeps soil moisture, improves damage farmland, treats sour and acid soil

Soil Health Key Topic of Climate-Smart Ag Meeting

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An innovative workshop on climate-smart agriculture this week emphasized soil health as a key element in carbon sequestration efforts. Several powerhouse organizations and companies hosted the one-of-a-kind event in St. Louis, called “C-Quest: Charting a Course for Climate Research in Agriculture,” and featured the Soil Health Partnership as a leader in helping farmers adopt progressive practices.

Antibiotic Resistance Can Occur Naturally in Soil Bacteria

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By Sandra Avant, USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in prairie soils that had little or no exposure to human or animal activity. Antibiotics have effectively treated bacterial diseases for years, but some bacteria have developed resistance to the antibiotics that once killed them. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers are investigating agriculture-related antibiotic resistance and …

CA Nitrogen Assessment Brings Improvement Opportunities

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release, Soil, Water 4 Comments

Plants need nitrogen to grow, but excess nitrogen – from livestock facilities, septic systems, car exhaust and other sources – that escapes into groundwater and the air can impact the environment, human health and the climate. A new report from the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis offers a big picture look at the scale and impacts of nitrogen in …

Lessons from Six California Soil Care Farmers

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Despite the growing interest in soil health in many parts of the country, the notion hasn’t captured the imagination of most farmers in California. The Golden State’s lackluster attention to soil care is likely due to “phenomenal yield increases over the past several decades, the sheer diversity of cropping systems, and widespread perception that California’s environment and crop production mix …

Keys (2.0) of Soil Taxonomy available in Spanish

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Claves (2.0) de la Taxonomía del Suelo Disponible en Español The 12th edition of the Keys of Soil Taxonomy were recently translated into Spanish, the 11th edition was the first. After decades of working with soil scientists from around the world, NRCS decided it was important to increase awareness and expand knowledge of the value of soil and its impact …

DPR Fumigant Notification Workshops

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State Holds Workshops On Fumigant Pesticide Notification, Seeks Ideas on Notification Process The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will hold two workshops to hear ideas from various stakeholder groups on how to notify residents living around agricultural fields, when certain types of pesticides, known as fumigants, are applied.