The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) created the Soil Health Champions Network to bring together farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners. Soil Health Champions work with local NRCS and Conservation district staff to educate others about soil health and conservation practices. Specifically, Soil Health Champs have two key responsibilities:
"Our goal is to have a living root in the soil as many days of the year as possible on every acre. Some fields it is 365 days a year or very close. This includes cash crops and cover crops that are planted in between all cash crops. We also do custom grazing on some of these covers in the winter with cow calf operations in the area. We use multispecies winter cover crops but rely heavily on cereal rye for its many good qualities.
Our goal is to provide a fair return to our landowners and improve soil conditions to a state better than we started farming it. This in turn will provide the farm a stable income stream for future generations."
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