Talking Soil Health on Public Radio

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On June 29, 2020, WITF (89.5 FM Harrisburg) “Smart Talk” host Scott LaMar talked soil health with Lisa Blazure, Stroud Water Research Center soil health coordinator; Jim Hershey, president of the Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance and a farmer in Lancaster County; and Steve Groff, a cover crop coach and farmer in Lancaster County, about the numerous benefits of improving agricultural soil health.

Healthy soils can improve stream water quality by reducing soil erosion and nutrient runoff and also by increasing stormwater infiltration which reduces stream flooding and improves groundwater base flows.

This episode of “Smart Talk” also includes a discussion with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer and State Apiarist Karen Roccasecca about steps being taken to protect honeybees and other pollinators.