On June 23, Let's Celebrate National Soil Health Day

Thank you all for supporting soil health with us this year! Stay tuned for more news about the 2020 National Soil Health day later this year.

More than 1.3 million people shared the message in 2019: Soil Health is of national importance. Now, help spread the word all year long. Feel free to share any information on this page, and to contact us with ideas for 2020 and beyond.

Confirm you support the resolution in one of the following ways:

signing the resolution and pledging your support

• downloading and printing out a copy of the resolution (GovernmentIndividualBusiness/ Organization) and mail it back to Acres U.S.A., c/o Soil Health, PO Box 1690, Greeley, CO 80632 

All organizations, individuals and governments who sign the resolution will be recognized on this page. 

In 2019...

National Soil Health Day started in 2019 after a 2008 bi-partisan resolution to celebrate soil health and soil health professionals led to little action and change. Acres U.S.A. is working to take this resolution to a local level and to foster positive action to protect our soil and education on the importance of sound soil management.

We collected the signatures of more than 20 organizations and 40 individuals, including the Rodale Institute, The Savory Institute, the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, and Swift Communications  all pledging their support of soil health and its practitioners. Many more supported our cause online, and all told, more than 1,378,425 people celebrated soil health and its importance with us!

You can view all the organizations and individuals who signed at the bottom of this page.

The Future

In 2020, we are working with state officials sign our resolution, and to work with them to create field days where people may visit a local eco-agriculture farm and learn about soil health. We already have commitment from the State of Colorado to create more awareness about soil health using this day, and getting the governor and the state Department of Agriculture involved.

Sign the Resolution Today!

A Letter from Acres U.S.A. Publisher, Ryan Slabaugh: On June 23rd, think soil

Here are a few important facts you can share about soil health:

What is the Potential Economic Impact of Soil Health?

Agriculture, food and related industries contribute $992 billion (5.5 percent) to the U.S. GDP (USDA ERS 2015). Agriculture and its related industries provide 11 percent of U.S. employment. (American Farmland Trust)

Does Soil Health Go Beyond Agriculture?

Well-managed agricultural land provides open space and scenic views; biodiversity and wildlife habitat; and critical ecological services like fire suppression, floodplain management, and carbon sequestration (Heimlich and Krupa 1994; Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development 2003; Hellerstein et al. 2002; Farm Foundation 2004; Swinton et. al. 2007; Duke 2008; Freedgood and Fydenkez 2017). (American Farmland Trust)

Are Soil Health & Climate Change Related?

Farmers and ranchers manage more than one billion acres of U.S. land, and agricultural practices that sequester carbon and improve soil health—increasing soil productivity, resiliency, and versatility—are the next frontier of agricultural innovation. (American Farmland Trust)

Is this the same as World Soils Day?

No, but we support that day too. World Soils Day was created by the UN in 2015 and is celebrated Dec. 5 to focus on world hunger. Soil Health Day is on June 23, and was created to celebrate soil professionals, farmers and growers who are focused not just on soil conservation, but feeding and enhancing our global soil health. 

Learn More: 

Healthy Soil, Defined by Gary Zimmer

True Soil Health: Create the Capacity To Function Without Intervention by Gary Zimmer and Leilani Zimmer-Durand

Download the media kit

National Soil Health Day Resolution

Recognizing soil as an essential natural resource, and soils professionals as playing a critical role in managing our Nation's soil resources.

We/I considered and agreed to:

  • Recognizing soil as an essential natural resource, and soils professionals as playing a critical role in managing our Nation's soil resources.
  • Whereas soil, plant, animal, and human health are intricately linked and the sustainable use of soil affects climate, water and air quality, human health, biodiversity, food safety, and agricultural production;
  • Whereas soil is a dynamic system which performs many functions and services vital to human activities and ecosystems;
  • Whereas, despite soil's importance to human health, the environment, nutrition and food, feed, fiber, and fuel production, there is little public awareness of the importance of soil protection;
  • Whereas the degradation of soil can be rapid, while the formation and regeneration processes can be very slow;
  • Whereas protection of United States soil based on the principles of preservation and enhancement of soil functions, prevention of soil degradation, mitigation of detrimental use, and restoration of degraded soils is essential to the long-term prosperity of the United States;
  • Whereas legislation in the areas of organic, industrial, chemical, biological, and medical waste pollution prevention and control should consider soil protection provisions;
  • Whereas legislation on climate change, water quality, agriculture, and rural development should offer a coherent and effective legislative framework for common principles and objectives that are aimed at protection and sustainable use of soils in the United States;
  • Whereas soil contamination coupled with poor or inappropriate soil-management practices continues to leave contaminated sites unremediated; and
  • Whereas soil can be managed in a sustainable manner, which preserves its capacity to deliver ecological, economic, and social benefits, while maintaining its value for future generations: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That I (We):

  1. recognize it as necessary to improve knowledge, exchange information, and develop and implement best practices for soil management, soil restoration, carbon sequestration, and long-term use of the Nation's soil resources;
  2. recognize the important role of soil scientists and soils professionals, who are well-equipped with the information and experience needed to address the issues of today and those of tomorrow in managing the Nation's soil resources;
  3. commend soil scientists and soils professionals for their efforts to promote education, outreach, and awareness necessary for generating more public interest in and appreciation for soils; and
  4. acknowledge the promise of soil scientists and soils professionals to continue to enrich the lives of all Americans by improving stewardship of the soil, combating soil degradation, and ensuring the future protection and sustainable use of our air, soil, and water resources.

Confirm you support the resolution by giving us your name and email address below, or print out a copy of the resolution (Government, Individual, Business/Organization) and mail it back to Acres U.S.A., c/o Soil Health, PO Box 1690, Greeley, CO 80632. 

Sign the resolution here. 

 

Signatures

We will continue to update this page with organizations and individuals who sign the resolution and partner with us to celebrate Soil Health Day. The individuals and organizations who have pledged their support so far are:

Organizations

Individuals

  • Adrienne Heinzelman
  • Alfredo Gutiarrez
  • Ben Trollinger
  • Bernie Lickteig
  • Cameron Ehrlich
  • Chad Kuskie
  • Daniel and Rachael Phillips
  • Dave Horn
  • Edward James Traub
  • Eli Horyza
  • Elizabeth Fields
  • Fred Walters
  • Hannah Fields
  • Heather Fields
  • Ilana Moss
  • Jessica Smith
  • JJ Johnson
  • Joanna Moore
  • Karen Grosswendt
  • Kathryne Fields
  • Katrina Harms
  • Korra Looschen
  • Laura Mullen
  • Liz Welch
  • Magnus
  • Michael Green
  • Michelle Scott
  • Neil Hastings
  • Paul Mullen
  • Peter Gwynne
  • Phil Fields
  • Samuel Fields
  • Sarah Day Levesque
  • Sharon Fortunak
  • Siddaram Laxman Mulage
  • Richard Roland
  • Ryan Slabaugh
  • Tim Dyer
  • Tom Basden 

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