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World Soil Day

World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

Did you know that there are more living organisms in a tablespoon of soil than people on Earth? Soil is a world made up of organisms, minerals, and organic components that provides food for humans and animals through plant growth.

Like us, soils need a balanced and varied supply of nutrients in appropriate amounts to be healthy. Agricultural systems lose nutrients with each harvest, and if soils are not managed sustainably, fertility is progressively lost, and soils will produce nutrient-deficient plants.

Soil nutrient loss is a major soil degradation process threatening nutrition. It is recognized as being among the most critical problems at a global level for food security and sustainability all around the globe.

To learn more about World Soil Day, please visit The United Nations Website.

Resouces:
Lawn to Lake: Great Resource for Lawn Health & Healthy Soil, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension
Forest Improvement Handbook, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Landscape Report Shares Importance of Soil Testing, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension

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