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In Focus: Healthy Soils

This August, our focus turns to the health of our soil – how to understand it, improve it, manage and maintain it.

Here is a list of resources related to whatever you need to learn most about soil health, from free articles to our most recent issue of Acres U.S.A. magazine.

Best Books on Soil Health

There are hundreds of titles on soil health! Each region’s soil is different, but there are some basic elements that will be the same everywhere. Here’s a list of bestselling healthy soil books from our Soils Collection at the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore:

Great news this month! The August “Healthy Soil” Book Sale features deep discounts on items throughout the AcresUSA Bookstore.

Take some time to browse the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore this month and find the right titles on soil health – as well as farm management, livestock, healthy food, and more!

Free Articles on Soil Health

Our website is a free resource for all kinds of in-depth articles, interviews and how-to’s on regenerative agriculture. Here are a few popular articles focused on healthy soils:

Learn in Person

What better way to learn about soil health than to walk through a regenerative farmer’s fields? That’s exactly what attendees of the 2023 On-Farm Intensive event will be on Aug. 15-16. Gary Zimmer and his daughter Leilani Zimmer Durand will share their decades of experience growing regeneratively and biologically while walking attendees through their fields at Otter Creek Organic Farm in Lone Rock, Wisconsin.

On-Farm Intensive attendees stand in a green field
2022 On-Farm Intensive attendees stand in the field with Gary Zimmer.

From fertilizer bays to in-field compost mixing to carbon storage to soil testing, they will demonstrate the parts of their growing system that have made their farm a showpiece for how to adapt in today’s rapidly changing agriculture industry. Plus, attendees will walk a new 180-acre property they are just starting to transition to regenerative practices, and learn from special guests they bring in every year. 

On-Farm Intensive with Zimmer Ag
Aug. 15-16, 2022
Lone Rock, Wisconsin
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And join us August 22–23 for the 2023 Healthy Soil Summit in Monterey Bay, CA!

Want to increase the health and productivity of your soil and crops beyond what you even thought possible? If so, the Healthy Soil Summit is for you.

The Healthy Soil Summit includes relevant, science-based sessions from top soil health innovators, scientists, and agronomists, roundtable discussions, and networking with others that prioritize soil health. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about all of the on-farm trials, equipment, and years of challenges and breakthroughs that contribute to launching you further along your soil health journey.

2023 Healthy Soil Summit
Aug. 23-24, 2022
Seaside (Monteray Bay), CA
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Read the August 2023 Issue

The August 2023 issue of AcresUSA magazine deals with the theme of healthy soils, with a number of in-depth and educational articles, including:

August 2023 Cover

Soil Energetics: An Introduction
The flow of energy through soil determines whether it will build or degrade. 

In Memorium: David Brandt
A true soil health and regenerative farming pioneer.

The Magic of Foliar Feeding
A short-term mineralization strategy.


Buy the print version of August 2023 issue herethe digital version here, or subscribe here to get the magazine delivered to you monthly.

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