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Report Spotlights Organic Farming Practices Proven to Help Soil Health

A new study conducted by the University of Maryland in collaboration with The Organic Center provides a big-picture understanding of the organic techniques that have the most impact on soil health. The study reviewed more than 150 studies from around the world on the benefits of organic farming to soil health and climate change mitigation. This review illuminated four specific organic farming practices that are the best of the best in supporting healthy soils: Planting cover crops, Applying combinations of organic inputs, Increasing crop rotation diversity and length, and Conservation tillage. Study author Dr. Kate Tully explained, “the specific impacts of organic practices on soil health are not well understood. This study compares strategies within organic systems to understand where the benefits from organic farming arise, and how they can be maximized.”