The human population continues to grow exponentially. Societies worldwide are facing unique environmental and health challenges while paired with the threat of food shortages due to drastic reductions in arable land. Sustainable management practices will be vital to meet the demand for food production while reducing the agricultural environmental foot print.
Our research aims to identify best management practices that improve soil health for enhanced crop productivity, long-term soil fertility, and nutrient retention. We are especially interested in exploring the link between soil carbon and soil health as affected by above-ground management practices, such as cover crops, crop diversity, and perenniality. In addition, we will study the relationship between enhanced soil health and nitrogen retention to better inform management decisions and practices.