The biggest agronomic, crop science and soil science group in the country this week demonstrated their growing emphasis on the importance of soil health. The Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, was invited to give five presentations during the event.
Known as the “tri-societies,” the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America hosted more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2016 International Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-9 in Phoenix.
“Our level of participation with this critical group of scientists was unprecedented this year, and demonstrates the scientific community is paying close attention to the agricultural and environmental strides we can make through better soil health,” said Nicholas Goeser, SHP director and NCGA director of soil health and sustainability. “It’s important to our mission to engage with this group of scientists.”
The SHP brings environmental, academic, agricultural and governmental partners together in a united mission to identify, test and measure farm management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmershttp://www.soilhealthpartnership.org/. Those practices include conservation tillage, advanced nutrient management and growing cover crops.
Also this week, SHP takes part in the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research event for soil research. SHP staff will help guide the FFAR scientific program in the “Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Challenge Area.” It’s aimed at increasing soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or new innovative soil health-promoting practices.
The FFAR sessions take place Nov. 9-10 in Phoenix, following the tri-societies event.
“Having a seat at the table at both of these events is an opportunity to create awareness on smart soil practices and research needs,” Goeser said. “Science and data are powerful drivers of change.”
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.
The Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) is a biennial event happening this June. Learn more.