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The Latest in Soil Health and Environment News
As Sara Perl Egendorf, a Ph.D. candidate in soil science at Brooklyn College, points out, building farms with new, clean soil provides all manner of ecosystem benefits to farms and gardens—and, as it increases health by limiting exposure to toxins, it also “has a food justice and sovereignty side.” Learn More.
Climate change may reduce the ability of soils to absorb water in many parts of the world, according to a new study. And that could have serious implications for groundwater supplies, food production and security, stormwater runoff, biodiversity and ecosystems. Learn More.
More Soil-related News From Around the World
In the News
- St. Louis Monsanto Trial Still Experiencing Delays (US Right to Know)
- Beekeepers Petition Court to Block EPA Approval of Bee-killing Insecticide (Huffington Post)
- Wisconsin Leading the Nation in Farm Bankruptcy – Again (NPR)
- Ethanol is Fastest Growing Ag Export in U.S. (U.S. Grains Council)
- Zimbabwean Government Maintains Non-GMO Stance (Organic Without Boundaries)
Research, Studies and Science
- Study: New Insights on Impacts of Crop Trading in China
- Report: How Global Diet Adjustments Could Reduce Phosphorus Consumption
- Study: Lack of Reporting on Phosphorus Supply Chain Dangerous for Global Food Security
- Research: Grape Genetic Diversity Contributes to Wine's Flavor, Aroma Variety
- Research: Swapping Pollinators Reduces Species Diversity
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Insights on Soil from www.EcoFarmingDaily.com
Understanding Fertility Levels and Inputs
By Neal Kinsey
Fertile soil is a goal of every farmer, gardener and orchardist, but achieving fertile soil and maintaining fertile soil takes some understanding of the soil ecosystem, including minerals, microbials and other inputs will affect your soil fertility.
... No matter what program of soil fertility is used, you can never “get something for nothing.” What is taken from the soil must be returned or eventually a price will have to be paid. It is only possible to receive from the soil in the same manner that fertility continues to be provided to it.
Farmers who have access to — or have in the past used — plenty of manure or compost on their farms come closest to being able to grow a crop without additional fertilizer. But even in such cases, most farmers still are not able to adequately supply all of the necessary nutrients for the crops they are striving to grow. For example, sulfur and boron seldom increase from manure application, due to very low levels in the manure and their tendency to leach from the soil.
2019 Eco-Ag Conference
Meet Neal Kinsey at the 2019 Eco-Ag Conference
Learn more about Neal Kinsey's Eco-Ag U workshop this December on Foundations for Soil Health.
2019 Eco-Ag Conference Closing Keynote Announcement: Kathleen Merrigan
Kathleen Merrigan is an expert in food and agriculture, celebrated by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010. From 2009 to 2013, Merrigan was deputy secretary and COO of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Merrigan will present the closing keynote at the 2019 Eco-Ag Conference this December. Her presentation, "Building a Sustainable Agricultural Future," will touch on food policy, the state of organic agriculture, and much more.
Register Today! Register by Sept. 27 to receive a $20 on-site bookstore coupon!
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