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.


NM Healthy Soil Working Group

    The NM Healthy Soil Working Group is assembling a powerful network of agriculture and conservation organizations, urban and rural residents, consumers and producers alike, with the goal to significantly accelerate soil health stewardship in the state. We aim to catalyze widespread adoption of management principles that result in greater soil health and associated co-benefits, creating prosperous and strong land based communities, nutritious food, a healthy environment and a viable future for our planet.  For more information, please visit our website:


New Mexico Soil Health Toolkit

Understanding and Assessing Soil Health to Implement 

Management Actions for Sustainable Soil Systems

by Ken and Linda Scheffe

    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  A compilation of published and unpublished materials, 2020.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.  The toolkit is a work in progress and is intended to be used with technical guidance/assistance and to be localized to a particular resource setting.  Please refer any questions or comments on the toolkit to Linda and Ken Scheffe, or

    To access the NM Soil Health Toolkit, please click on the two documents below with the same name.  We suggest you create a folder on your desktop, i.e., Soil Health Toolkit, or similar.  There are two files to download. One is the word document which is the overview document without attachments. The other is a .zip file which contains the entire document (minus appendix), including the overview document (Folder 01).  The attachments referred to in the overview document are in the corresponding section folder.  Copy or download the document file and the .zip file to this folder on your desktop.  Once there, unzip the files with a right click in the .zip file; select "Extract All."  A default folder will be created for you and the files will be unzipped to that location, or you can browse to a location of your choosing.

    The appendix, which is too large a file to provide here, can be requested from Ken and Linda Scheffe.   


    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.



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.

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