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Digging In: A Soils Interview Series

Soils are among our most precious non-renewable resources. It takes about two millennia for only 10 centimeters of topsoil to develop, and yet poor soil management practices can irrevocably erode topsoil in days, depriving crops of the fertile ground and nutrients they need to flourish. In recognition of the critical role soil plays in our global ecosystem, the United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.

Therefore, leading up to World Soil Day on December 5 and the International Year of Soils next year, Agrilinks is launching "Digging In," an interview-based blog series featuring original, one-on-one interviews with agricultural development experts ranging from farmers to soil scientists. Through these interviews, the soil specialists will explore questions about soil science and management, scaling best practices, and more, while also providing additional resources for researchers and practitioners in the field.

Check out the content below for some initial agricultural development and soils-related resources, and feel free to add your own contributions or recommendations to the comment area!

Dig in with...

Vicki Morrone

Vicki Morrone
In this interview, organic field crop and vegetable outreach specialist Vicki Morrone talks with us about the crucial need for farmer innovation and cautions against one-size-fits-all solutions to soil management... read more

Rajendra Uprety

Rajendra Uprety
In this "Digging In" interview, we speak with Rajendra Uprety, senior agriculture development officer in the Department of Agriculture in Nepal, who discusses ways to improve organic content in soils and the economic hurdles facing Nepalese farmers... read more

David Lindbo

David Lindbo
"You can't treat soil like dirt." In our interview, NCSU professor David Lindbo advocates for soil education and talks with us about holistic approaches to soil management... read more

Keith Moore

Keith Moore
Dr. Keith Moore, associate director of the Feed the Future SANREM Innovation Lab, shares his thoughts on local capacity-building and re-thinking the training of extension agents who are working with farmers on the ground... read more

Extra: Keith discusses the contextual framing of small farmer soil management in an original submission based off a chapter in an upcoming book... read more

Carl Crozier

Carl Crozier
North Carolina State University professor and extension specialist Dr. Carl Crozier talks with us about how to better track soil properties over time and the importance of extension outreach services... read more

David Strelneck

David Strelneck
David speaks about his work with Ashoka's fellows, who are working on innovative projects related to this nutrient value chain, and he elaborates on the critical role that soil plays throughout all of it... read more

Kristine Nichols

Kristine Nichols
In this "Digging In" interview, Kristine Nichols, chief scientist at Rodale Institute, elaborates on the economic value of soil and some of Rodale Institute's groundbreaking research on organic agriculture practice... read more

Tom Thompson

Thomas Thompson
We spoke with Tom about his soils work in Africa and the contextual circumstances of soil management. He emphasized the importance of farmer involvement in scaling and the need to focus on soil health... read more

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