The National Corn Growers Association on Thursday announced the formation of a new group called the Soil Health Partnership in effort to demonstrate how soil health impacts farmers' bottom lines.
The partnership includes support from the Walton Family Foundation and Monsanto, in addition to NCGA.
The partnership aims to kick start ag sustainability by discussing and demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of soil health.
The initial objectives of the program, NCGA said, include:
• Building a network of demonstration research farms in key corn states;
• Developing recommendations to farmers on a variety of soil management practices aimed at improving productivity, profitability and environmental outcomes;
• Increasing adoption of those recommendations beyond the network of demonstration farms; and
• Increasing the visibility and importance of sound soil management.
"The health of a farm depends on the health of its soil, and that's what makes this new program an important one for our organization," said NCGA President Martin Barbre. "We developed the Soil Health Partnership with our partners to help our growers be the best farmers they can be, and ensure that their farmland remains valuable and productive for future generations."