Welcome to the 2020-2021 Soil Health Specialist Training Course!

The Practical Soil Health Specialist Training Program is coordinated by New York Soil Health and American Farmland Trust. Project collaborators include New York Soil Health, Cornell Soil Health Laboratory, Cornell University, NRCS, New York Department of Ag and Markets, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell Small Farms Program, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, agri-businesses, and farmers.

This is a 1-year program for 29 agricultural service professionals across New York State. The goal is to establish a network of Practical Soil Health professionals to support and educate farmers to improve soil health on their land. Specialist trainees get an in-depth understanding of what soil health is, how it can be measured and monitored over time, and how soil health can be improved through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The training is a series of five, two-day workshops with associated field days.