Implementing conservation practices can require significant technical skill and information. Luckily, there are numerous resources out there that provide information about how to implement, manage, and improve conservation and soil health practices. A wide range of organizations, research institutions, and agencies have developed technical bulletins, decision support tools, and other information that can support farmers, landowners, and conservation advisors.
SARE Resource Library
The Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at supporting farmer-led sustainable agriculture through grants and educational resources. The resource library has information in a wide array of formats about every aspect of sustainable farm management.
Soil Health Toolbox
The Soil Health Nexus is a university-led effort in the North Central region of the U.S. dedicated to increasing access to research-based soil health knowledge, extension, and resources. A key resource is the Soil Health Toolbox, which includes information about soil properties, carbon management, management of various practices, and perceptions of soil health.
One Good Idea
This website is a clearinghouse of multi-media science and management content about key soil health practices. Managed by the University of Wisconsin Division of Extension, One Good Idea provides science-based guidance for farmers, much of it generated by farmers themselves.
Whole Farm Conservation Manual
Developed by Iowa State University Extension, this comprehensive manual contains information about a wide range of in-field, edge-of-field, and landscape scale conservation practices. Designed for Iowa, the science-based information in this manual has applications for farming systems across the Midwest and other regions.
Soil and Water Conservation Society
The SWCS is a professional organization for individuals in soil and water conservation fields. They host an annual conference nationally, provide professional development opportunities, publish the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, and advocate for soil and water conservation districts and conservation priorities.
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