This report shares the summary statistics of the soil health indicators evaluated in the 2021 State of Soil Health project on farms in Vermont. The aim of this report is to share the data in a simple format that can be accessed by farmers, advisors and policy makers.
The State of Soil Health in Vermont is an initiative to measure soil health and soil carbon on farms across the state of Vermont. This project is coordinated by UVM Extension and has relied on field support, in kind- donations and data sharing from partnering organizations. The project has five primary objectives:
Establish a baseline of soil health indicators, carbon stocks, and associated ecosystem services in Vermont’s agricultural landscapes
Create soil health soil sampling standards across management types
Provide farmers with contextualized information about soil health on their participating fields
Support collaboration among the many organizations that work with farmers towards shared goals around soil health
- Build skills and capacity for measuring soil health and soil carbon stocks
Collaborators include UVM Extension, UVM Department of Plant & Soil Science, the Gund Institute for Environment, Dartmouth College, the Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, the White River Conservation District, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, Ben & Jerry’s Caring Dairy Program and The Nature Conservancy Vermont.
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Alissa White, Heather Darby, Lindsey Ruhl & Erin Lane. 2022. The State of Soil Health in Vermont: Summary statistics from Vermont agriculture in 2021. University of Vermont Extension. Burlington, VT