Healthy soil grows healthy plants. From the time a seed first enters the earth until a mature crop is harvested, a plant relies on the soil to house it and provide it with nutrients. Year after year, farmers need soil to support plant growth, yet less than 11 percent of the world’s land surface is arable. Farmers can help keep soil healthy and productive through sustainable agricultural practices, such as an integrated pest management program that includes the responsible use of pesticides. Pesticides and other crop protection technology help growers reduce erosion, prevent runoff, sequester carbon and use less land while growing more.
As part of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS) celebration, CropLife America (CLA) is pleased to recognize the importance of soil in agriculture. Launched by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the goal of IYS 2015 is to increase awareness about the importance of soil for food security and ecosystem functions. Among a number of objectives, IYS 2015 seeks to promote investment in sustainable soil management activities.
Learn more about the importance of nurturing our soils and preventing erosion by completing CLA’s Masters in Modern Ag Specialty Certification: Supporting Soil Health.
“On our farm, we put in a grass waterway to prevent soil erosion, we practice use of crop rotation and cover crops, and to this day I participate in [the Conservation Reserve Program]. The rich, loamy soil of Illinois is my heritage. My goal is to pass it on to the next generation better than I found it.”