To safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of the soil, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Farm Foundation, NFP, announced the formation of the Soil Health Institute. The announcement coincides with World Soil Day (Dec. 5) and celebrates the 2015 International Year of Soils.
The Soil Health Institute will work directly with conventional and organic farmers and ranchers, public- and private-sector researchers, academia, policymakers, government agencies, industry, environmental groups and consumers – everyone who benefits from healthy soils.
The organization will serve as the primary resource for soil health information, working to set soil health standards and measurement, build knowledge about the economics of soil health, offer educational programs, and coordinate research in all aspects of soil and soil health.
"Leonardo DaVinci once mused ‘We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot," says Bill Buckner, president and chief executive officer, Noble Foundation. "Hundreds of years later that sentiment is just as accurate. The Soil Health Institute will provide much needed research funding so we can better understand our soil. We will make that research publicly available, so we can work together to provide solutions for improving our soil and protecting it for our children and grandchildren."
"There are many short-term initiatives in progress that are regionally focused or examining only selected elements of soil and soil health," says Neil Conklin, president, Farm Foundation. "The Soil Health Institute will be a permanent organization that will coordinate the long-term work needed in this area."