August 27, 2015 | Source: Oregon Tilth and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service | Format: Webinar

Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Soil

This webinar was presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Soil building practices such as crop rotations, cover crops, and organic fertilizers are central to organic practices. These practices replenish soil organic matter, feed soil life, reduce erosion, improve soil structure, and enhance nutrient cycling and water retention. This session presents scientific research examining the benefits of organic farming practices to soil.


  • Michel Cavigelli, Ph.D., Soil Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD
  • Michelle Wander, Ph.D., Director of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Betsy Rakola, Organic Policy Advisor, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

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