Soil Health Institute Announced in Washington

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To ensure that soil continues to be a vital natural resource for generations to come, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Farm Foundation announced the formation of the Soil Health Institute at an event on December 3, 2015. OFRF’s Research Program Director, Diana Jerkins, is a board member at the Institute and attended the announcement at the National Press Club in Washington DC. OFRF Board member, Klaas Martens, also serves on the board of the Soil Health Institute.

“Healthy soil is a key to sustainable farming and a research priority for organic farmers,” said Jerkins. “We are thrilled to be involved with the Soil Health Institute as they are bringing the organic perspective and deep expertise to this major initiative.”

The Soil Health Institute is committed to engaging a broad base of producers and those in and outside of agriculture, including academia, government and industry. Their mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of the soil through science-based research and advancement.

The Institute will focus on the following activities:

•Serving as the governing board for soil measurement standards.

•Conducting and disseminating soil-related research through a global access model.

•Advancing soil-related economics and education.

•Analyzing and advising on policy affecting soil health.

•Convening expert stakeholder groups to contribute to ongoing sector assessments and gap analysis for research, measurement economics and education.

Watch the video to learn more about The Soil Health Institute.