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Soil Health Institute Unveils National Soil Health Action Plan

Soil Health Institute Unveils National Soil Health Action Plan

May 18, 2017 9:00 AM

Location: First Amendment Lounge

Soil Health Institute Unveils National Soil Health Action Plan

Location: First Amendment Lounge

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a leading resource for science-based soil health information, will unveil the national Soil Health Action Plan at 9 a.m., May 18.

The nationwide plan evolved after four years of stakeholder input, beginning with the Soil Renaissance in 2013. Agricultural industry thought leaders, farmers, ranchers, scientists, government agency leaders, and non-governmental organizations provided input into the plan, which will be used to drive advancements in soil health.

Speakers will include Wayne Honeycutt, President and CEO of the Soil Health Institute; Bill Buckner, President and CEO of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; Keith Alverson, a 6th generation farmer who serves as a member of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association; Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Jerry Lynch, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of General Mills; and Michael Doane, Director of Working Lands, The Nature Conservancy. Bruce Knight, Principal and Founder of Strategic Conservation Solutions, will moderate the event.

Agricultural and conservation leaders indicate soil health must emerge as the cornerstone of land use management decisions throughout the world during the 21st century, in part, due to increased extreme weather events, increased demand for food to sustain a growing population, and the decrease in arable farmland. Enhancing soil health allows us to improve water quality, increase drought resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve farm economies, provide pollinator habitat, and better positions us to feed the nine billion people expected by 2050.

For further information on this event, contact:

Byron Rath
(919) 230-0303
brath@soilhealthinstitute.org

Soil Health Institute website: soilhealthinstitute.org

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Byron Rath
919-230-0303
brath@soilhealthinstitute.org