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Title: Soil health: An overview and goals for these volumes

item KARLEN, DOUGLAS - Retired ARS Employee
item STOTT, DIANE - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA)
item Mikha, Maysoon
item MOEBIUS-CLUNE, BIANCA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA)

Submitted to: Soil Science Society of America Special Publication Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/30/2020
Publication Date: 8/15/2021
Citation: Karlen, D.L., Stott, D.E., Mikha, M.M., Moebius-Clune, B.N. 2021. Soil health: An overview and goals for these volumes. In: Karlen, D.L., Stott, D.E., Mikha, M.M., editors. Approaches to Soil Health Analysis, Volume 1. Madison, WI: Soil Science Society of America. p. 1-20.

Interpretive Summary: Farmers and ranchers, private sector businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic-, state-, and federal-research projects, as well as state and federal soil conservation, water quality and other environmental programs have begun to adopt soil health as a unifying goal and promote it through workshops, books, and public awareness meetings and campaigns. The driver for these activities is an increased awareness that soil resources are important not only for meeting increased global demand for available, high-quality food, feed, and fiber but also because they help mitigate changing climate patterns, more extreme weather events, and are crucial for protecting water and air quality, wildlife habitat, plant and microbial biodiversity. This chapter introduces a two-volume Soil Health series that reviews recent developments in the science of soil health and provides guidelines for assessing various soil health indicators.

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