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An aerial view of cover crops by Edwin Remsberg and USDA-SARE.

Amazon Web Services Supports Watershed Restoration on Farms Outside Washington, D.C.

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The Stroud Center’s science-based approach to protecting fresh water will soon make an impact on farms near D.C., aiming to recharge about 67 million gallons of clean water per year.

Max Stoner and Don Ace in the community garden at their retirement community.

Learning Something New Never Gets Old

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At ages 100 and 80, two retirees plant their first cover crop and build soil health in their retirement community garden.

A drone spreading soybean seeds that will grow into a cover crop.

Farming With Drones?

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Farmers joined us for a demonstration of a drone spreading soybean seeds for a cover crop that builds soil health and protects water quality.

Support for a Coalition on Soil Health in Pennsylvania

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This project establishes the Pennsylvania Soil Health Coalition to improve communication and coordination among numerous organizations involved with soil health education, implementation, and research. Coalition member organizations will conduct educational…

“Healthy Soils, Healthy Streams” Training, and Technical Assistance

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This project will conduct trainings on soil health and stream health for nearly 6,000 farmers, conservation professionals, and others. Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance will offer technical assistance on cover crops and…

Mitigating Agricultural Pollution of Fresh Water and Combating Climate Change by Restoring Soil Health

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Plowing, disking, synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides have damaged the health of agricultural soils, resulting in reduced rainfall infiltration and storage, increased stormwater and pollutant runoff, degraded streams, and contaminated groundwater.…

Impact of Land Management of Practices on Winter Squash Yield and Post-Harvest Nutrient Density

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By examining the bacteria, Archaea, and fungi living in soils, this project will provide insights on how farming practices and land management affect the microbes that make soils healthy. This…

Exploring the Link Between Soil and Human Health: Protein, Protein Quality, and the Nutraceutical Amino Acid Ergothioneine

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Ergothioneine, an amino acid that has scientifically proven benefits to human health, is exclusively biosynthesized by fungi and certain bacteria in soils. With coupled field testing and lab incubation experiments,…

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

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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 recent transition to organic farming at the…

Farm equipment at Walmoore Holsteins.

Walt Moore, a Stroud Center Partner, Named Pa. Distinguished Dairy Producer

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Moore models farm stewardship and environmental conservation through his operation and is recognized as a leader in Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.