About this Challenge Area

The Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Challenge Area aims to increase soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or new innovative practices that improve soil health. This Challenge Area will target research that includes, but is not limited to, promoting robust soil microbial communities, improving cover crop cultivars, developing improved agronomic practices, characterizing soil health-related ecosystem services, increasing social and economic tractability of soil health promoting practices, and enhancing the efficacy of Extension services.

Convening Sessions November 9-10, 2016

Thank you to all who attended one of FFAR's three open convening sessions  November 9-10 in Phoenix, AZ,  preceding the 2016 International American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting, "Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance". We appreciated the a rich and active discussion from the community.

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Soil Health Resources

National Cover Crop Initiative

We recently launched a collaborative, multi-partner research effort to improve soil health in the United States. The focus of the initiative will be to identify cover crop species with the greatest potential to improve soil health.

Soil Health Resources

FFAR Webinar: Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms - Dec. 2, 2016

This interactive webinar featured an introduction to FFAR, an overview of consensus reached during FFAR Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Convening Events, and an interactive discussion led by FFAR Soil Health Advisory Council Chair Dr. Douglas Karlen and FFAR Scientific Progam Director Dr. LaKisha Odom.

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