Landscapes Blog

May 4, 2015

Our Soil-ution: increasing important organic matter in soil

Rhiannon Davis Soil Association

Soil is always at the forefront of the Soil Association’s work, but especially so during 2015’s International Year of Soils: a year designated by the United Nations to highlight how soil – full of life and frequently overlooked – is essential to all human life. The health of soil is being rapidly degraded, which will […] ...
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May 1, 2015

Technology to Help Us Deal with Drought

Dennis O’Brien Agricultural Research Service

With droughts becoming more severe, water tables getting lower and an increasing demand for water from growing suburbs and cities, farmers know they need to use water more sparingly. That’s why recently patented technology developed by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Texas is so important. Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the [& ...
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April 29, 2015

Mapping Restoration Opportunities through Soil Surveying

Stephanie J. Connolly USDA Forest Service

Recent collaborative research by West Virginia University (WVU), the USDA-NRCS and USDA-Forest Service has linked spodic soil properties to the historical range of red spruce (Picea rubens) in the Central Appalachians. The data collected has allowed researchers to map the occurrence of these properties to help project the historical extent of red spruce before railroad [&hellip ...
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April 24, 2015

An Old but Still Pertinent Soil-ution from West Sumatra

Carol J. Pierce Colfer Cornell University CIFOR

In 1983, our team (from the University of Hawaii, North Carolina State and the Indonesian Center for Soils Research) began a multi-year program in Sitiung, West Sumatra. We began our work using a Farming Systems approach, living in a village and working collaboratively with local farmers. The Indonesian policy at the time called for food […] ...
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April 22, 2015

The sustainable solutions at our feet: Top five reasons you should “root” for soil health farmers on Earth Day 2015

Ron Nichols USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

To meet the growing sustainability challenges of the 21st Century, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is reminding people that many of the solutions are right at our feet — in the soil. Here are the top five reasons NRCS says why on Earth Day, you should “root” for soil health farmers: A lot of people […] ...
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April 7, 2015

Calling all Land Managers: Give us Your Dirt!

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

During Global Soil Week, April 19th-23rd, stakeholders from the around the world will join forces to discuss the role of sustainable soil management in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. So this month the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Blog is digging deeper into soil. And we want you, landscape managers, to join the discussion! […] ...
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