About our Healthy Soils Initiative

gypsoil-ron-chamberlainThis Symposium addresses integrated and whole systems approaches to sustainable management of agricultural lands that impact U.S. waters. The objective is to advance integrated whole systems approaches to optimizing agricultural land management for healthy soils, nutritious foods, clean water, and farm profits.

Objectives

Our major goal is to advance integrated whole systems approaches to optimizing agricultural land management for healthy soils, nutritious foods, clean water, climate benefits, and farm profits. The long-term goal will be to create an integrated science, education, economic, and extension- based framework that results in agricultural producers using adaptive systems management approaches that maintain or enhance soil productivity, resilience to weather extremes, and profitability while reducing nutrient exports to waterways.

History

Soil and water research and policy leaders, initiated by The Ohio State University with support from Greenleaf Advisors, LLC, and the University of Arkansas, launched a workshop and symposia series dedicated to the development of multidisciplinary and whole system management practices for the agricultural lands that impact our nation’s waters (HSHW Flyer).

February 1, 2017: National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This symposium brought together speakers whose work preserves resources the Western, Midwest, and Southern United States and as far as Australia.

December 1-3, 2015: Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring Conference in conjunction with Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters held in Memphis, TN. Led and organized by the University of Arkansas and the Soil & Water Conservation Society on behalf of the Hypoxia Task Force and SERA 46. Please see our post-conference summary here.

May 18-20, 2015: HSHW Symposium held in Columbus, OH in conjunction with the Hypoxia Task Force and SERA 46 Spring Meeting.

September 2014: HSHW Workshop held in Columbus, OH in conjunction with the Farm Science Review.