Soil Health Principles

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Adapted from farmer Gabe Brown and a series of articles on the 5 soil health principles by Jay Fuhrer, NRCS Soil Health Specialist. Coming more from a farming perspective, these concepts apply similarly to rangelands. 1. Keep soil covered In … Continued

Keep Soil Covered

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Here in New Mexico, maximizing soil cover is one of the most important steps toward achieving a healthy soil. Part one in our mini-series on the soil health principles by NM State Agronomist Mark Kopecky!

Minimizing Disturbance

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Agriculture itself is sometimes referred to as “disturbance ecology,” because to grow most of our food and fiber crops, we need to alter the natural soil environment through disturbance of some sort. Learn more about the second soil health principle from Mark Kopecky, NM State Agronomist.

Maximizing Biodiversity

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We know that there are more living organisms in a single spoonful of soil than there are people on earth, and we’re learning more all the time about how important these organisms are in maintaining a healthy soil.

Integrating Animals

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Grazing results in ecological benefits beyond what’s possible without livestock, and it’s also an important economic component to soil health systems for all ranchers and many farmers.