Understanding the principles of soil health can allow you to recognize healthy soil and provide ways for you to “unlock” your farm’s potential. Soil health is more than just a buzzword. This presentation will dig in and help you identify key resources available to you and your farm. Healthy, fully functioning soil provides an environment that sustains and nourishes plants, soil microbes and beneficial insects. Managing for soil health is one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase productivity and profitability while improving the environment. A major factor influencing agronomic production worldwide and for sure in Nebraska is the developing inability of soil to resiliently withstand disturbances and continue to function. Soil health management leads to increased soil resilience which could allow your farm to stay consistently productive now and into the future. Let’s check out how soil health is related to how soil functions and identify the relationship between us and our soil’s health.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Aaron Hird
Aaron Hird is the Nebraska NRCS State Soil Health Specialist. Aaron has been working with cover crops and soil health for more than 14 years and is excited to promote the Nebraska NRCS Soil Health Initiative. Through this initiative the NRCS has established cover crop demonstration field sites across the state with local farmers. These projects help to promote the use of soil health management systems on all types of ag land. Aaron and Nebraska NRCS intend to help Nebraska farmers and ranchers learn and gain experience necessary to improve the soil health on their land.