2015: International Year of Soils

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is joining groups across the world to celebrate International Year of Soils in 2015.

The 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly designated 2015 for the yearlong soils celebration as a way to increase understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is heading up efforts along with the Global Soil Partnership.

Healthy soils are the foundation of agriculture. In the face of mounting challenges such as a growing global population, climate change, and extreme weather events, soil health is critical to our future.

Healthy soil is essential as global demands rise for food, fuel, and fiber. Soils also play a crucial role in food security, hunger eradication, climate change adaptation, poverty reduction and sustainable development.

As America’s agency for soil conservation, classification and studies, NRCS is excited that 2015 will bring worldwide attention to the importance of soil.

Working with the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and other partners, NRCS will be showcasing the importance of soil with monthly themes created by SSSA:

• January: Soils Sustain Life

• February: Soils Support Urban Life

• March: Soils Support Agriculture

• April: Soils Clean and Capture Water

• May: Soils Support Buildings/Infrastructure

• June: Soils Support Recreation

• July: Soils Are Living

• August: Soils Support Health

• September: Soils Protect the Natural Environment

• October: Soils and Products We Use

• November: Soils and Climate

• December: Soils, Culture and People