Soil Matters

Conservation agriculture, sustainable gardening, Farm Bill legislation, and other topics related to soil health.

  • Izaak Walton League listening session in Des Moines - credit IWLA

    Outdoor Community Suggests Conservation Ideas for America's Farms

    07/11/2022
    How farmers and ranchers steward their land has far-reaching consequences for all Americans. The Izaak Walton League hosted listening sessions with hunters, anglers, conservationists and farmland owners to gather ideas on how farm conservation programs can be improved. Full story
  • Organic farm in Ohio - credit Scott Bauer, USDA NRCS

    Soil Health Partnerships Can Help Protect Our Food Supply

    06/21/2022
    The urgent need to regenerate soil will require government agencies working together with rural cooperatives, the private sector and our farmers and ranchers to ensure the future health of our soil and our food supply. The Izaak Walton League is working to build those partnerships. Full story
  • Hands holding soil - credit Duane Hovorka

    Take Action for Healthy Soil

    05/20/2022
    All across America, a growing number of farmers and ranchers are changing the way they produce our food. By scaling up these proven solutions, we can protect our food supply, make our waters swimmable and fishable again, cool global warming, and support prosperous rural communities. Full story
  • Wetlands Reserve Program - credit USDA NRCS

    Will Congress Double Up for Conservation?

    10/07/2021
    Congress is considering the largest funding increase for farm and ranch conservation in two decades. The opportunity is too important to pass up. Full story
  • Doe and fawn SD by Dennis Larson, NRCS

    Increasing CRP Enrollment Good for Wildlife, Soil and Water

    09/02/2021
    Enrolling an additional one percent of our nation’s farmland in the Conservation Reserve Program would mean massive benefits for all Americans. Full story
  • Ducks on a farm wetland

    See No Wetlands, Protect No Wetlands

    05/17/2021
    One easy fix to how wetlands are identified would ensure these vital natural resources get the protections they deserve – plus it would compensate farmers for being good stewards of their land and ensure taxpayers are funding responsible conservation instead of footing the bill for practices that damage our soil and water. Full story
  • Wetland in Washington State - credit David Mark, Pixabay

    This Simple Thing Is a Powerhouse in Combatting Climate Change

    05/10/2021
    Wetlands provide a long list of well-known benefits: They hold and store floodwaters, recharge groundwater, protect coastal areas, filter chemicals from our waters, provide food and habitat for fish and wildlife, and can provide forage for livestock in dry times. Wetlands also have a less well-known benefit: They combat climate change by storing vast amounts of carbon in their soggy soils. Full story
  • CRP in Wisconsin - credit Bob Nichols, NRCS

    Congress Considers Climate Change and Agriculture

    03/23/2021
    The House and Senate Agriculture Committees heard from 10 panelists about the role agriculture can play in combatting climate change. Committee members agreed on the solutions we need – and they agreed we must take action now. Full story
  • Keith Badger

    Soil Health Yields Rewards for Farmers and Community

    02/09/2021
    American farms are losing topsoil at an unsustainable rate. But farmers like Keith Badger are reversing the problem with practices that are profitable as well as regenerative. Full story
  • Buffer strip - Lynn Betts, NRCS

    League Gets Partial Win on CRP

    12/15/2020
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has partially restored incentive payments for landowners who enroll in Continuous Conservation Reserve Program contracts, after having slashed those incentives earlier this year. Full story

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