Sending Office: Honorable Timothy J. Walz
WHAT: A briefing on soil health by the Soil Health Institute, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Land Stewardship Project, and General Mills
WHEN: Wednesday, February 14, 11:45 am – 1 pm
WHERE: 334 Cannon House Office Building
*LUNCH PROVIDED – PLEASE RSVP TO firstname.lastname@example.org*
By now, you should have received an invitation to a briefing on soil health sponsored by the Soil Health Institute, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Land Stewardship Project, and General Mills in conjunction with Rep. Tim Walz. This briefing
will discuss the benefits of soil health and opportunities to further advance soil health from farmers, researchers, and policy experts.
- Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, President and CEO of the Soil Health Institute
- Dr. Rob Myers, faculty in Plant Sciences at University of Missouri
- Jimmy Kinder, 4th generation farmer/rancher from Cotton County Oklahoma
- Jon Jovaag, farmer and member of the Land Stewardship Project’s Federal Policy Steering Committee
- Alyssa Charney, Senior Policy Specialist at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
What is soil health?
Soil health is the ability of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. The health of our soils is essential to providing clean air and water, as well as ensuring productive cropland, grazing lands, and forests.
Healthy soils function to regulate water, sustain plant and animal life, filter and buffer potential pollutants, cycle nutrients, and provide physical stability and support for plant roots.
Soil Health & Agriculture: Farm Bill Opportunities
Farmers and ranchers depend on healthy soils for the productivity and success of their operations. They also drive soil health investment by adopting the practices and management strategies that support healthy soils and subsequently protect and enhance
our shared natural resources.
Farm bill programs and policies are critical to supporting farmers and ranchers in expanding their soil health practices. Panelists will speak to the research and science behind soil health investment, on-farm experiences with adopting soil health practices,
as well as discuss the significance of farm bill programs that support these efforts.
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