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.
NY Soil Health News
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.read more
Presentations from Empire Farm Days in New York in August 2019 at the Soil Health Center sponsored by the New York State Interagency Soil Health Working Group and New York Soil Health Initiative.read more
Summer is a busy time in the Northeast, and as you can imagine, it was busy with New York soil health-related activities…read more
Soil Health News
- Release of SoilWeb 2.0 App Update 07/11/2019
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.
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