At the request of the USDA and USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Agricultural Technology Innovation Partnership Foundation has established a public-private partnership to enhance research on sustainable soil health for multiple land uses in agriculture.
The National Corn Growers Association has joined the public-private partnership, called "Resilient Economic Agricultural Practices," or REAP, to support and strengthen soil health research that addresses the needs of U.S. farmers.
"Through this public-private partnership … the agriculture sector has created a model of leveraging public and private resources to address sustainability and economic prosperity by enhancing research on land management practices," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack commented.
NCGA and the other six founding participants of REAP met recently with ARS scientists to broaden outreach to private, non-governmental and agriculture sectors that would benefit from ARS research.
"We feel that REAP research will not only identify important soil management practices, but will also contribute to the field work of the Soil Health Partnership launched earlier this year by NCGA," said Don Glenn, NCGA's Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair.
The REAP initiative consists of nine multi-state USDA ARS locations and their university partners who will pair regionally significant soil data sets with local practices. The focus of this research will be to identify the production and sustainable advantages of different soil management strategies.