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Soil News stories

 Science & Research News

Science & Research News

June 21: A new edition of the World Atlas of Desertification shows that over 75% of the Earth's land area is already degraded, and over 90% could become degraded by 2050.

June 14: Changing soil chemistry has been happening since the Bronze Age, according to scientists in Ireland.

June 13:  Soil is the source of our best antibiotics and should be mined more thoroughly for new drugs and other useful chemicals.

June 8:  Defra has announced a £23.5m package to boost farming productivity via the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme (CPSG). 

June 8: Researchers at Dundee University are taking part in a pan-European project in which gardeners and growers are asked to gather data about their soil

June 4: NASA is publishing data from its first worldwide soil moisture satellite programme on Google Earth, providing farmers across the world with data on the water content of their soil.

 Politics & Policy News

Politics & Policy News

June 20:  The Environment Agency has set out ambitious measures for the UK Water Industry, calling on it to help tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the water environment including the effects of chemical and nutrient pollution

June 13:  Michael Gove has told the EFRA Committee that the "lion's share" of farm subsidies after Brexit should go to support environmental work. 

June 13: Michael Gove has appointed Sir William Worsley, current Chair of the National Forest Company, as the country’s new Tree Champion.

June 8: The House of Commons’ EFRA Committee has published its report into the government’s farming Command Paper

June 6: Michael Gove called for 'enriched soil' during his critique of capitalism at a Policy Exchange

May 30: Rebecca Pow, Taunton Deane MP and Champion of the Sustainable Soils Alliance, has been named ‘ Greenest New MP’ at the Climate Coalition’s first ever Green Heart Hero Awards – partly in recognition of her work convening the first ever debate on soil in Parliament.

 Alliance, Stakeholder & Supporter News

Alliance, Stakeholder & Supporter News

June 20: An event hosted by the Renewable Energy Association explored how soil health can be improved through best-practice use of existing biomass resources - digestate, compost and bio-char.

June 18: The SSA is delighted to join the Steering Group of a new initiative  launched at Cereals 2018 bringing together scientists, academics, farm advisers and farming bodies to better understand and improve the health of UK soils.

June 14:  The APPG on Agroecology co-hosted a panel in Parliament on ‘Agroforestry: Improving Productivity and Delivering Public Goods’

June 7: Is farming in the UK becoming more or less intensified?  The debate, led by the NFU and Soil Association rages in the Guardian.

May 30: The Country Land and Business Associates (CLA) has published The Land Management Contract– its vision for the payment for delivery of public benefits.  

For an archive of past soil announcements by date, see our section:  The Week in Soil.