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(Article Summarized by Meridian Institute) In this opinion piece, Wayne Honeycutt, the president and chief executive officer of the Soil Health Institute, writes that while past farm bill support for research and adoption of soil health-promoting practices to increase soil organic matter has helped to reduce soil and nutrient losses, as well as greenhouse gas emissions to our atmosphere, we cannot afford to be complacent. There is, he says largely untapped potential for addressing both human and environmental goals through soil health management in agricultural production. “The upcoming Farm Bill,” he says, “is our nation’s opportunity to position American agriculture to achieve this future through well-funded and strategically-aligned programs, particularly in its research and conservation titles, and support for public-private partnerships. The return on investment, the future careers unleashed, and the impact on health and wellness in society are closer than we think. The real question is: Are we motivated to invest in the partner-stakeholder research and innovation today that will drive tomorrow’s agriculture? The potential is exciting, as this is a significant opportunity for U.S. leaders to create lasting, positive impacts.”

Posted March 13th, 2018