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California, Maryland Conservation Policy Innovators to Speak During Soil Health Institute Conference

Submitted by: The Soil Health Institute

Categories: Environment, Sustainability

Posted: Jun 15, 2017 – 11:16 AM EST


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C, Jun. 15 /CSRwire/ - California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross will update the nation’s soil health leaders on the California Healthy Soils Initiative during the Soil Health Institute’s (SHI) annual meeting, July 12-14, in St. Louis, Mo.  Dana Stein, Maryland House of Delegates, will brief leaders on his state’s Healthy Soils Program, which was approved by Governor Larry Hogan May 4.

The two officials join 11 other innovators who will address critical soil health solutions during the conference, PoweringUP Our Soils.  Speakers will provide information on the Action Plan For Soil Health, which outlines collaboratively developed, actionable steps to analyze and improve the health of the nation’s soils and ecosystems, carbon sequestration, enhancing soil to suppress soil-borne diseases, and emerging sustainability requirements.

“Enhancing soil health allows us to improve water quality, increase drought resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve farm economies, provide pollinator habitat, and it better positions us to feed the nine billion people expected by 2050,” Wayne Honeycutt, SHI president and CEO, said.

“Agricultural and conservation leaders recognize that soil health must emerge as the cornerstone of land use management decisions throughout the world during the 21st century, in part, due to increased extreme weather events, increased demand for food to sustain a growing population, and the decrease in arable farmland,” Honeycutt said.

CDFA appropriated $7.5 million in FY 2016-17 to develop and administer the California Healthy Soils Initiative. The stated objective is to build soil carbon and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, Maryland’s Healthy Soils Program provides incentives, including research, education, technical, and financial assistance, to implement farm management practices that contribute to soil health.  

“We’re excited to have the nation’s soil health innovators addressing the latest initiatives and legislation,” Honeycutt added.

The meeting is open to all interested in advancing soil health. For more information, visit

About the Soil Health Institute
The Soil Health Institute's ( mission is to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement. An evolution of the Soil Renaissance, an initiative established in 2013 by the Noble Foundation and Farm Foundation to advance soil health and make it the cornerstone of land use management decisions, the Soil Health Institute serves as the primary resource for soil health information.

For more information, please contact:

Byron Rath Administrative and Communications Specialist
Phone: 919-230-0303
Fax: 919-878-3939

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The Soil Health Institute


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