The Soil Renaissance: Knowledge to sustain earth’s most valuable asset
Farm Foundation, NFP and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation initiated the Soil Renaissance to advance soil health and make soil health the cornerstone of land use management decisions. The Soil Renaissance focuses on the role of soil health in vibrant, profitable and sustainable natural resource systems, as well as the critical importance of soil and soil health in meeting the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.
While Farm Foundation, NFP and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation are leading the Soil Renaissance, collaboration will be the linchpin to its success. No single person or organization can fully address the diverse and complex issues of soil health across the nation and the world. Advancing soil health requires a sustained effort by all stakeholders.
This endeavor began in the fall of 2013 when 25 soil health thought leaders, working in industry, academia, research, government agencies and production agriculture, came together at the Noble campus in Ardmore, Okla., to talk about soil health. The Ardmore Group identified the four pillars around which the Soil Renaissance is built: economics, measurement, research and education.
Those thought leaders then enlisted other stakeholders to be part of the Strategic Planning Team. Their efforts produced the vision and mission statement, and the guiding principles for Soil Renaissance work, as well as goals in each of the work areas, identifying objectives and strategies to achieve each goal.
With the Strategic Plan in place, Committees have been identified to implement those strategies. We invite you to join us in this important work, bringing attention to soil health and expanding the knowledge that will help sustain earth’s most valuable resource.
Neil Conklin, Farm Foundation, NFP Bill Buckner, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Farm Foundation, NFP serves as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. The Foundation does not lobby or advocate. An 81-year reputation for objectivity and deep professional networks with industry leaders, scientific communities, economists and academic communities allows the Foundation to bring together diverse stakeholders for discussions on economic and public policy issues.
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has focused on soil health since it was created by Lloyd Noble in 1945 to help protect the soil and safeguard the land for use by future generations by working directly with agricultural producers to effect change in regional soil health. An independent, nonprofit institute headquartered in Ardmore, Okla., the Noble Foundation conducts direct operations, including assisting farmers and ranchers, plant science research and agricultural programs to enhance agricultural productivity regionally, nationally and internationally.