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Improving Water Quality through Soil Health

Research has clearly shown that many of the same soil health practices of interest to farmers for enhancing productivity are also beneficial for water quality. Consequently, conducting the additional research and education needed to expand adoption of soil health management systems by farmers will afford the simultaneous benefits of protecting and improving water quality. Assessments of current land management practices and potential water quality improvements will allow identification of priority sub-watersheds and practice adoption needs. Quantifying the status of soil health and adoption of soil health-promoting practices will provide a baseline for measuring future progress and impact.

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