FFAR envisions a world where nutritious, affordable food is grown on thriving farms. Healthy soil is a key component for making this vision a reality. The Soil Health Challenge Area enriches soil by building knowledge, fueling innovation and enabling the adoption of soil management practices.

The Soil Health Challenge Area supports research on:

  • Soil-human health connections
  • Linkages between farm productivity and soil health
  • Benefits of sound soil practices
  • Barriers to adoption of soil health practices
  • Microbiome

FFAR is expanding and exploring transdisciplinary approaches that draw linkages between soil health and farm productivity, economics, human health, management practices and other areas. FFAR continues to support research that produces open, data-driven, innovative results that help farmers make productive and sustainable decisions to conserve and improve soil health, while supporting thriving farms.

Download the full Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Vision Statement to learn more about the strategic direction of this FFAR Challenge Area.

Current Soil Health Programs

Soil Health Initiative

The Soil Health Initiative is a partnership between the Soil Health Institute, the Soil Health Partnership and The Nature Conservancy to improve soil health, and support positive economic and environmental outcomes for American farmers. This project supports collaborative research and education that accelerates adoption and benefits of soil health management systems nationally.