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Research Project: Guide and strengthen collaboration between the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Soil Health Institute (SHI)

Location: Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Project Number: 0202-11000-001-071-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2018
End Date: Jul 14, 2023

Increase knowledge about the health of the Nation’s soils, enhance the visibility of ARS and the Soil Health Institute (SHI) activities in soil health, develop processes to enable formal teamwork and collaborative efforts to achieve mutual goals and efficiently utilize the Parties' individual resources, resulting in information and tools that can sustain and improve soil health in agricultural production systems and other land uses.

This agreement establishes the framework for a relationship between ARS and the SHI in support of developing consensus on strategy, measurements, procedures and related research and modeling for soil health. Through various communication methods, the Parties will foster and enhance the interchange of information about soil health assessments including field sampling, measurement choices, laboratory methods, data collection, sample and data archiving, data interpretation, and soil management to serve the best interest of the Parties, the agricultural community, and the Nation concerning the health of the Nation’s soils, by engaging in a working relationship with SHI. Through this agreement, the Parties will participate in specific projects, as mutually agreed upon, and aid in planning and developing separate projects of mutual interest.