Soil health is the foundation of sustained agricultural production, which is critically important in California where more than 75,000 farms and millions of consumers depend on our soil’s continued ability to grow food. Living, functioning soils offer substantial benefits to farmers – they are more resilient to weather extremes, increase water and nutrient storage, and can increase profitability through lower input costs and higher yields. Healthy soils also protect water quality, reduce runoff, and sequester carbon to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Many farmers are reluctant to change practices and use soil health practices, however, without knowing what the impacts may be. The Soil Health Bottom Line program addresses these needs by quantifying the benefits to farmers, showing that these practices benefit not only the environment, but their bottom line.
The Soil Health Bottom Line program develops case studies and grower profiles that showcase the benefits of using soil health practices, using cost-benefit analysis tools. Furthermore, we train farmers and agricultural professionals how to perform this analysis themselves so they can know more about the impacts on their farm and make informed decisions on their farming practices.