Murphy: Dirt poor?

By Dan Murphy

No one in agriculture needs to be reminded, of the value of farmland, and ultimately, the importance of high-quality topsoil. But that’s not true for the general population, which mostly ignores the status of this critical resource. Most people certainly don’t consider soil to be anything other than the dirt we sweep up, wash off and vacuum up from our houses, cars and clothes.

The reality is that fertile soil is the foundation for food and fiber production and is a critical component of the carbon cycle and overall ecosystem viability.

Both activists and scientists have cautioned that without aggressive soil conservation, farm production is compromised. And without farm productivity, the food supply is jeopardized. And without an adequate food supply, national security is threatened.

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