The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced early this month that it had begun its observance of the International Year of Soils. The goal is to highlight the significance of soils that are healthy “for food security, ecosystem functions and resilient farms and ranches.”
Because of importance of agriculture to the Hawkeye State’s economy, many Iowans – both farmers and non-farmers – are already acutely aware that keeping soil healthy is an issue that should concern everyone.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who is a former governor of Iowa, called the nation’s attention to that reality in a statement his department issued Jan. 6.
“Healthy soil is the foundation that ensures working farms and ranches become more productive, resilient to climate change and better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” Vilsack said.