New York Soil Health

New York State’s hub for soil health-related networking, research, education, and outreach
Soil Health News2019 New York Soil Health Roadmap

New York Soil Health for Healthy Food, Profitable Farms, and Protection of Natural Resources

Interest in soil health practices such as reducing tillage, planting cover crops, and using organic amendments has expanded greatly in recent years, yet barriers to adoption persist. Our project facilitates collaboration among the many on-going efforts across the state to implement research, outreach, and policy solutions to address these barriers to adoption.

2019 Empire Farm Days

View selected Presentations from the 2019 Empire Farm Days:

  • Managing for Healthier Soils and Cleaner Water – Jim Hershey
  • Soil Health: History, Geography, and Opportunities in New York – Harold Van Es
  • Empire Farm Days Grower Panel: Nutrient Management
  • Empire Farm Days Grower Panel: Planting Green

New York Soil Health staff helped to coordinate this year’s activities in the Soil Health Center building at Empire Farm Days.

Project Members

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Featured Resource

Soil health and greenhouse gases, research from Wightman and Woodbury. 

Economic Benefits

Browse economic case studies of soil health practices


Featured Videos: A selection of videos covering soil health principles, soil health economics, cover crops, and more.

NY Soil Health News

Farmer interest, enthusiasm for cover crops rises

Farmer interest and enthusiasm for cover crops and soil health is at an all-time high. One factor contributing to these increases is assistance that farmers are getting with cover crops from cooperative extension, industry, and other organizations. With funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, the New York Soil Health Initiative was started in 2016 and brings together farmers, researchers, and agricultural service providers to facilitate the adoption of practices that improve soil health.

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Upcoming Events

21 OCT 2019

Communication strategies on the farm: building healthy soil and the mutual support between the two.

7-8 NOV 2019

Please join us November 7-8, 2019 in College Park, MD for the 3rd annual Northeast Cover Crops Council conference.

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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