Soil Health

Our Soil Health research develops sustainable on-farm practices from the ground-up, creating innovative solutions to improve soil health from measurement to adoption.
Our Soil Health research develops sustainable on-farm practices from the ground-up, creating innovative solutions to improve soil health from measurement to adoption.

Program Contact

Dr. LaKisha Odom
lodom@foundationfar.org

Development Contact

Catherine Maxwell
cmaxwell@foundationfar.org

We Pioneer Soil Health Research

Congress established FFAR to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. Our public-private partnerships match federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment.

Our Soil Health grants, programs and consortium produce data-driven results to help farmers make sustainable decisions that support thriving farms.

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Soil Health Awarded Grants

Scaling Quantified and Verified Soil Health, Climate and Natural Resources Outcomes from U.S. Agriculture in an Innovative Ecosystem Services Market Program

Year Awarded  2023

FFAR award amount   $5,150,000

Total award amount   $10,300,000

Location   Falls Church, VA 

Matching Funders   Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

Grantee Institution   Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

Protecting Florida Corn from Tar Spot Outbreak

Year Awarded  2023

FFAR award amount   $120,509

Total award amount   $241,537

Location   Gainesville, FL

Matching Funders   University of Florida

A new methods of managing human waste for improved soil health, carbon sequestration, contaminant removal, and social acceptability

Year Awarded  2022

FFAR award amount   $330,256

Total award amount   $660,517

Location   Brattelboro, VT

Program   Seeding Solutions

Matching Funders   Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Rich Earth Institute, University of Michigan

Grantee Institution   Rich Earth Institute

Soil Health Consortium

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Insights

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Finding a New Way to Control Weeds in Cotton.

Sarah Chu

Sarah Chu

FFAR Fellow, Texas A&M University

Organic Ag Podcast Features Innovative Industry Topics

Kathleen Delate

Professor, Organic Agriculture Program, Iowa State University 

Building Bridges Between Academics & Farmers

Elizabeth Ellis

FFAR Fellow, Elizabeth Ellis

Wetlands: Agricultural Soil & Water Management for a Changing Climate

Chantel Chizen

University of Saskatchewan

ESMC’s EcoHarvest Market Program: Scaling Collective Climate Action in Agricultural Supply Chains

Debbie Reed

Washington, DC

Manure – Waste or Resource?

Manny Sabbagh

University of Minnesota

Diversifying the Future of Venture Capital

The first cohort of the HBCU Kirchner Fellows are Bryana Pittman, Kwame Jackson and Martin Adu-Boahene who co-wrote this Insights piece to share the value of this fellowship and its potential impact.

Can Adding Carbon to the Soil Help us Manage Weeds?

Maria Gannett

2019-2022 FFAR Fellow

Taking Science Beyond the Bench: Critical Reflections for Change-Oriented Research

Krista Marshall

2019-2022 FFAR Fellow

Soil is Not Dirt

Aaron Prairie

2020-2023 FFAR Fellow

US Food Insecurity: Findings from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap

Dr. Craig Gundersen

CES Distinguished Professor of Agricultural & Consumer Economics at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Fine-tuning photosynthesis

Dhruv Patel

2019-2022 FFAR Fellow

Can biochar help adapt agriculture to a hotter, dryer climate?

Shelby Hoglund

2018-2021 FFAR Fellow

Milkweeds: Medicine for Monarchs?

Annie Krueger

2018-2021 FFAR Fellow

The Time is RIPE for Agricultural Innovation

Sally Rockey, Ph.D.

Executive Director Emeritus

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