197 Symposium--Restoring Soil Health - Local Actions, Global Implications, Partnering for Solutions

Oral Session
Special Sessions
Soil health can be described as the state of soil in sustaining plant and animal productivity while maintaining a wide variety of other ecosystem services and supporting human health and welfare. In this International Year of Soils (IYS), the UN General Assembly recognized that soils are key in sustaining life. A major focus of the IYS is on ‘Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life.’ However, in many areas soil health has been compromised by natural and anthropogenic activities that have reduced the ability of the soil to function at its greatest potential. This special session will focus on methods and practices for restoring soils in poor health. This will require measurements of current soil health using indicators and methods that assist in diagnosing problems that need attention.  Restoring soil health will require local actions to mitigate deleterious influences through partnerships as well as individual activities. Successful actions in restoring soil health will have global implications.

Sponsored by The Climate Corp.

Approved for 3.5 SW CEUs.


Soil & Water Management & Conservation
Soil Biology & Biochemistry
Land Management & Conservation
Environmental Quality

Cover Crop Management Community
Soil Health Community

Tuesday, November 17, 2015: 8:00 AM-12:15 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center, 101 A

Ted M. Zobeck and Douglas L. Karlen
8:00 AM
Introductory Remarks
8:35 AM
The Soil Management Assessment Framework: A Potential Soil Health Assessment Tool.
Douglas L. Karlen, USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment
9:05 AM
Cornell Soil Health Assessment Framework As a Tool for Restoring Soil Health.
Harold van Es, Cornell University; Robert Schindelbeck, Cornell University; Bianca Moebius-Clune, USDA-NRCS; Daniel Moebius-Clune, Cornell University
9:35 AM
Soil Health Management – Challenges and Opportunities in the US.
Bianca Moebius-Clune, USDA-NRCS; Diane E. Stott, USDA-NRCS; David Lamm, USDA-NRCS; C. Wayne Honeycutt, USDA-NRCS
10:05 AM
10:15 AM
Sustaining Soil Health – a Canadian Perspective.
Henry Janzen, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Edward G Gregorich, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
10:45 AM
Restoring Rangeland Soil Health: Can It Mitigate Climate Change, Increase Food Security and Reduce Poverty and Conflict?.
Jeffrey E. Herrick, USDA-ARS; Stefan Bringezu, Wuppertal Institute; Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, USDA-ARS; Joel R. Brown, USDA-NRCS; Emile Elias, USDA-ARS; Kris Havstad, USDA ARS Research Unit based at the Jornada Experimental Range; Mari-Vaughn V. Johnson, USDA-NRCS; Debra Peters, USDA-ARS; Diane E. Stott, USDA-NRCS
11:15 AM
12:15 PM
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