New project that connects to past efforts!

Two NIFA grants (Rooting for Ecosystem Services & Being Particular about Organic Matter) will allow us to revisit farms that we sampled as part of the Illinois Soil Quality Initiative which was a multidisciplinary effort to develop accurate, practical, and meaningful measures of soil characteristics that farmers can incorporate in strategies to sustain soil resources over the long term. It will also allow us to leverage the Illinois Organic Systems Trail, which is the only certified organic land on the University of Illinois’s campus. With resources provided by the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program we were finally able to get this third organic transition trail certified.

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