Soil Health

        Soil is a living and life-giving substance, without which we would perish.  As world population and food production demands rise, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving the health of our Nation’s soil is one of the most important conservation endeavors of our time.  

        A growing number of America’s farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the health and function of their soil.  The preceding statements are from NRCS but are supported by the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts. 

        House Bill 204 addressing soil health in New Mexico was introduced, passed and became law in the 54th Legislature.  The bill is attached below for your information.


On behalf of the Soil Health Institute and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, please find the attached courtesy copy of "Impact of 2018 Farm Bill Provisions on Soil Health." This report provides a comprehensive review of each new provision and its role in advancing soil health, which is the foundation for regenerative and sustainable agriculture.


New Mexico Healthy Soil Act - NMDA is accepting grant proposals for soil health projects for the 2nd year of New Mexico Healthy Soil Program. Proposals are encouraged from farmers, ranchers and other groups and were submitted to Soil and Water Conservation Districts and other eligible entities by August 31, 2020. The NMACD stands ready to support Districts and eligible entities in review of proposals.  Proposals are to be submitted to NMDA by C.O.B. on October 8, 2020.


Coming Soon – NMACD Development of New Mexico Soil Health Toolkit funded by NRCS New Mexico CIG Grant- New Mexico Soil Health Toolkit, Understanding and Assessing Soil Health to Implement Management Actions for Sustainable Soil Systems. A compilation of published and unpublished materials, 2020. The purpose of the toolkit is to introduce a step-wise management approach and technical resources which can be adapted and integrated in maintaining healthy soil under various agricultural uses. 


NRCS-NM -Quivira Coalition Soil Health Grant

        Quivira Coalition has been awarded a Soil Health CIG Grant by NRCS-NM.  NMACD will provide support to Quivira Coalition in the delivery and follow-up of six producer-led, 1-day, on-farm, soil health workshops to be hosted in each of the 6 New Mexico SWCD regions, as well as other Soil Health training and outreach activities.

NMACD Admin,
Jul 12, 2019, 11:54 AM