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The Health of Farms and Fields

We now know that the health of farms, fields, and livestock all benefit when the health of the soil is improved. New soil health measurements are helping us understand that just like with human health, it pays to monitor the health of the soil and implement changes that can increase soil health. Healthy soil has a robust and diverse soil microbial community with a good balance of soil fungi, bacteria, earthworms, and other soil organisms.

Core Principles for Maintaining or Improving Soil Health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) has defined several core principles for maintaining or improving soil health:

  • Use plant diversity to increase diversity in the soil. 
  • Manage soils more by disturbing them less. 
  • Keep plants growing throughout the year to feed the soil. 
  • Keep the soil covered as much as possible. 
  • Integrate livestock with cropland

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