Soil and Water Management

Contoured field near stream with vegetative buffer

Manage natural resources wisely! Find information about methods to improve or protect your soil and use water with care on your land. Topics to explore include:

Conservation Tillage Findit Guide

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

An overview of the conservation tillage subject including a description, related bibliographies, automated database and Web site searches, search tips, recommended databases and journals, Extension and educational materials and related organizations.

Manure Management

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Describes economic aspects of livestock and poultry manure application to farmland. Provides links to reports and related resources.

Organic Farming Systems and Nutrient Management

Washington State University.

Current research and publications on the application of soil science principles to agricultural and waste management problems. Topics include composts, biosolids, manure management, pesticide fate in the environment, sustainable agriculture, gardening and soil testing.

Soils and Compost

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Publications and other resources on how to assess, improve and maintain soil health for both croplands and pastures. Specific topics include soil quality, soil biology, soil organic matter, organic fertilizers and amendments, composting, soil conservation, crop rotation, mulching and nutrient management.

Soil Management

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

A selection of books and bulletins available for purchase and online access on the topic of successful soil management systems for farmers and ranchers including Building Soils for Better Crops.

Soil Quality

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Includes basic soil science information and a variety of soil tests.

Soil Biodiversity Portal: Conservation and Management of Soil Biodiversity and Its Role in Sustainable Agriculture

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Land and Water Development Division.

"This website provides general concept on the meaning and significance of soil biodiversity, and agriculture emphasizing the need for an integrated soil biological management."

Soil Quality in Organic Agricultural Systems

Iowa State University. Cooperative Extension Service.

Provides information about soil quality topics including crop rotations, soil amendments, soil health, carbon sequestration and organic agriculture philosophies. Print copies also available for purchase.

Water Quality, Conservation, Drought and Irrigation

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Publications and other resources on water use, soil moisture management, water quality and water conservation. Specific topics include drought, water quality protection, riparian areas, aquaponics and aquaculture, livestock and drought, irrigation, rainwater harvesting and climate and weather information.

Water Quality Information Center

Collects, organizes, and disseminates information on the scientific, educational, and public policy aspects of water resources and agriculture.