Soil is a vital part of the natural environment, is essential for plant growth and provides important ecosystem services such as water filtration. The world’s soils store more carbon than all of the world’s forests combined, which also helps to regulate the Earth’s climate. Erosion of soils is an extremely critical issue. It has been estimated that 75 billion tons of topsoil are eroded each year and 80% of the world’s soils are or have been affected by erosion.
The importance of effective soil management, supported by the expanding science of soil health, is increasingly recognized. Many farmers and livestock producers are broadening their understanding of how crucial soil management is to improving crop and livestock productivity, combating climate change, and preserving the source and quality of water.