Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters 2017

The 2017 Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) Symposium took place February 1st in Denver at the National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting with a national audience learning from expert producers and researchers. The symposia series is dedicated to integrated and whole systems approaches to agricultural land management that protects the availability and quality of land and water resources while generating profitable crop production.

Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters and Dennis Dimick of National Geographic

National Geographic’s executive editor for the environment, Dennis Dimick, has come aboard as a keynote speaker for the Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring Conference held in conjunction with the Healthy Soil for Healthy Waters symposium from December 1-3, 2015 in Memphis, TN. His post, “Do We Treat Our Soil Like Dirt?” stresses the importance of soil management and health, an issue central to Greenleaf Communities and Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters. Drawing attention to the vital responsibilities of soil, ranging from the growth of the food that feeds us to the quality of the water that sustains us, Dennis puts the priority of healthy soils into perspective. Simply stated, “the future rests on the soil beneath our feet.” With the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters symposium taking place the same week as World Soils Day, it seems only fitting that Dennis Dimick, along with a consortium of researchers, conservation professionals and farmers, are coming together to discuss and evaluate best management practices for protecting and preserving Earth’s humble hero –...

Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Update

Hypoxia Task Force Meeting: May 18-19, 2015, Columbus, OH HSHW Symposium: December 1-3, 2015, Memphis, TN Last September, with the considerable contributions of over 100 participants from throughout the Mississippi and Great Lakes watersheds, the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters (HSHW) workshop set the stage for the development of a whole-systems approach to agricultural land management for soil health, crop productivity, and water quality benefits. The Hypoxia Task Force and SERA-46 meeting will occur May 18-19, 2015 in Columbus, OH and will include a nutrient workshop on the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Initiative. The agenda is located on the HSHW website. The HSHW symposium will occur December 1-3, 2015 in Memphis, TN. The Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters website contains case studies from the September Workshop and will continue to be updated with information on both the May and December meetings. We have assembled a Steering Committee to help us further develop the HSHW initiative; you can learn more here. Thank you again for your participation in a successful first workshop, and your continued commitment to practical solutions to impairments of our water resources. Sincerely, Dr. Andy Ward, John Andersen, and the HSHW...

Mississippi River Basin Conservation Network – Confluence

Confluence is a newsletter produced by the University of Arkansas, the University of Wisconsin and a consortium of twelve land-grant universities. It is a source of information on agricultural practices and nutrient reduction strategies. The Mississippi River Basin Conservation Network is home to the Confluence newsletter. Mike Daniels, PhD and Rebecca Power co-edit the newsletter. Dr. Andy Ward summarized the objectives and comments from participants of the September 2014 Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Workshop. Please read his article on the Workshop at the Confluence website...

Healthy Soils for Healthy Water conference a success

Monday, September 15, marked the kickoff of the first in a series Healthy Soil for Healthy Water conferences, co-sponsored by Greenleaf Advisors and The Ohio State University. Over 100 representatives of academia, industry, agencies, non-profits and, critically, farmers and agricultural representatives were in attendance for a day of collaborative integration of research and practices. Keynote  speakers Bruce McPheron of OSU and Karl Gebhart from the Ohio EPA were accompanied by presentations from groups like the US EPA, The Nature Conservancy, and NOAA. Coming close on the heels of the Toledo municipal drinking-water system shutdown last month, this event was welcomed as extremely timely and relevant to one of the most pressing environmental issues of the day. Feedback was that the event was packed with excellent research, tempered with the understanding that there is no easy path to solving the problem of agricultural nutrient pollution in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. However, this event was an important step towards the development of true interdisciplinary and collaborative best management practices that will identify the right combination of technologies for the right times and places to have the biggest benefit to farmers, communities, and the environment. To learn more about the recent workshop or to become involved in future conferences, please contact Dr. Andy Ward (ward.2@osu.edu) with Ohio State University or John Andersen (jandersen@greenleafadvisors.net) with Greenleaf Advisors....