You can play a role in promoting soil health practices that enhance farmers’ and ranchers’ resilience to the impacts of the climate crisis by asking your members of Congress in the U.S. House and Senate to center State Assistance for Soil Health in the 2023 Farm Bill.
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The Illinois dust storm that took place in May 2023 injured dozens and took the lives of seven people. It also served as a stark reminder of the Dust Bowl and the nearly 100 years of science, research, and education that should have prevented the tragic events that took place on Interstate 55 just a few months ago.
Devastation as a result of soil degradation doesn’t have to happen in today’s agriculture. There are alternatives and resources available to promote soil health. But farmers need support to implement soil health practices and share their experience with other farmers.
Tell your members of Congress that supporting state assistance for soil health is foundational and must be in the 2023 Farm Bill. Farmer profitability and human health depend on it.
In Honor of David Brandt: The Godfather of Soil Health
David Brandt’s passing on May 21, 2021 sent shockwaves through the global agriculture community. He’s the face and voice of soil health—and his appearance at COP 21 in Paris, in dozens of university lecture halls, on countless farms, and in millions of internet memes helped to popularize the sustainable agriculture movement.
In the weeks prior to the world’s tragic loss of the no-till pioneer, David Brandt had been in close communication with OEFFA. He joined our Policy team to provide testimony to the Ohio Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in May, just after the dust storm in Illinois. Not only did he share with Ohio Senators how tragedies like these could be prevented, but he also envisioned larger outreach about using this year’s dust storm as a wake-up call to prioritize soil health in the 2023 Farm Bill.
We invite you to take action on soil health in the farm bill as a way to honor the legacy of the Ohio farmer, mentor, and friend many of us loved and learned from.
“A good development of soil health practices will keep the soil where it belongs, hold down wind erosion, and help to ensure that we will no longer have problems like they had on May the first in Illinois. That was quite a significant loss that may have been prevented with the right education to farmers.”David Brandt