Other Soil Health Endeavors
Here are some of the other organizations advancing work on soil health issues.
American Farmland Trust
American Society of Agronomy
ASA does soil health work, along with agronomy and soil science educational programs.
Conservation Technology Information Center
Cornell University Soil Health Initiative
Crop Science Society of America
Burleigh County (North Dakota) Soil Conservation District
The Fertilizer Institute
Iowa Learning Farms
This Iowa State University Extension program focuses on the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.
Group of Producing Countries from the Southern Cone (Grupo De Paises Productores Del Sur)
Soil health work in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay
Iowa Nutrient Research Center
Research includes evaluating the performance of nutrient management practices, recommendations to implement practices, and development of new practices.
Midwest Cover Crop Council
Midwest Soil Health Summit, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist, Sevenpinesfarmandfence@gmail.com (218) 445-7580
National Association of Conservation Districts
National Ecological Observatory Network Soil Archive
National Grazing Lands Coalition
National Resources Defense Council
National Soil Project
National Wildlife Federation
NWF is working to advance cover crop adoption.
Ocean County (New Jersey) Soil Conservation District
Review the District’s Soil Health Improvement Project (SHIP): www.soildistrict.org/health-yards/jakes-branch-ship-project/
Oregon Tilth: http://tilth.org
To learn about the Center’s soil work: http://organic-center.org/uncategorized/soil-health-in-organic-farms/
The Organic Center is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., providing information for scientific research about organic food and farming. The Center covers up-to-date studies on sustainable agriculture and health, and collaborates with academic and governmental institutions to fill gaps in knowledge about organic systems. Soil health areas of focus include measuring sequestered carbon levels in organic versus conventional soil to analyze differences between farming systems in levels of humic acids, fulvic acids, and humin in the soils. The Center also works on methods for ensuring that soils are nutrient rich while reducing contributions to environmental pollution, such as reactive nitrogen runoff and leaching.
Organic Trade Association
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Dedicated to practicing, improving and demonstrating land management practices that are economically, ecologically and socially sound. Specifically focused on grazing practices that increase soil health, biodiversity, water-holding capacity and profitability from rangelands. Sponsor educational events on regenerative agriculture and conduct research in farming practices and economics.
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Soil Health Partnership, a National Corn Growers Association initiative
Soil Science Society of America
SSSA does soil health work, along with agronomy and soil science educational programs.
To learn more about educational opportunities: https://www.soils.org/education
For K-12 Soil Science Teacher Resources: http://www.soils4teachers.org
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
SARE soil management information: http://www.sare.org/learning-center/topics/soil-management
SARE’s cover crop topic room: http://www.sare.org/learning-center/topic-rooms/cover-crops
SARE’s topic room on cover crops and soil health: http://www.sare.org/learning-center/topic-rooms/cover-crops/cover-crops-soil-and-fertility-management
SARE book, “Building Soils for Better Crops”:
SARE book, “Managing Cover Crops Profitably”:
SARE database of research project reports: http://www.sare.org/project-reports
USDA Agricultural Research Services’ Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Health Awareness, Unlocking the Secrets of the Soil
University of Western Australia, School of Earth and Environment, Natural and Agricultural Science Soil Biology Research Group