Evaluating How Conventional, Conservation, and Organic Farming Management Practices Enhance Soil Health and Improve Water Quality

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This project investigates how different agricultural management practices influence water quality and soil health. Using Rodale Institute’s 37-year-old Farming Systems Trial and a newly established transition to organic farming at the Stroud Preserve, it examines the consequences of farming techniques for water infiltration or runoff, and nutrient, contaminant, and sediment export. The findings will be used to inform practices that can reduce contamination and flooding in the Delaware River Watershed. Results will be disseminated through scientific publications, public messages, and training events.

Funded by: William Penn Foundation

Principal Investigators: Jinjun Kan, Melinda D. Daniels, Diana Oviedo-Vargas, Marc Peipoch, David B. Arscott, Matthew J. Ehrhart, and Bernard W. Sweeney

Collaborators: Jeff Moyer, Emmanuel Omondi, Andrew Smith, Gladis Zinati, and Diana Martin (Rodale Institute); Raven Bier

Project Years: 2018, 2019