Protecting our precious topsoil

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Author: Lydia Noyes
Date: June-July 2017
From: Mother Earth News(Issue 282)
Publisher: Ogden Publications, Inc.
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 236 words
Content Level: (Level 4)
Lexile Measure: 1280L

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High-quality topsoil is becoming scarcer in North America, and that's bad news for all of us. Fortunately, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has teamed up with the Soil Health Campaign to find ways of conserving this precious natural resource.

Soil Health Campaign pioneer Dave Brandt launched the movement in 2012 to promote the vitality of farm soil, and the project quickly took off across the United States. His goal is to foster a closer connection with the Earth by educating the general public about the incalculable benefits of the healthy soil directly beneath their feet.

What began as a single public event has grown into dozens of ongoing chapters across the country, all of which work together to preserve and protect cropland. Today, the Soil Health Campaign sponsors workshops, field days, and engaging demonstrations-to teach farmers and community members alike what it means to care for our soil.

Healthy soil is the foundation for a flourishing planet that's capable of sequestering carbon and recycling nutrients. An increasing number of farmers are also experiencing the bottomline benefits of proper biological soil management. Not only does healthy soil ensure bigger, better crops; it also keeps money in farmers' pockets and strengthens rural economies.

Thanks to the work of the NRCS's Soil Health Campaign, farm fields throughout America are starting to look a little greener. You can access all of the NRCS resources on soil health at https://goo.gl/F33X7C.

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