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Healthy Soils

The OACD Healthy Soils Project is a voluntary effort to conserve the natural resources of Oklahoma by encouraging agriculture producers to participate in proven conservation practices.

Healthy soil is key to positively impacting all areas of our environment. By implementing soil conservation practices, we can improve water quality, increase the amount of water available for drinking and recreation, sequester carbon, provide cleaner air and improve the habitat for native wildlife and pollinators. Improving soil health increases organic matter in the soil, fosters the microbial life and provides nutrients for crops.

Oklahoma is the second most ecologically diverse state in the United States with 11 different ecoregions. Because of a strong local conservation partnership and natural resource expertise, Oklahoma is a premier pilot site to test soil health projects for the Southern Plains and the United States.

Demonstration Farms
Though the Healthy Soils Project, OACD will establish 10 demonstration farms throughout five years with two farms in each of the five regions of the state. The farms will be 80 acres in size and will be selected through a competitive, transparent application process. Farmers will be provided with a conservation mentor, seed for planting cover crops, technical advice from agronomists and testing and monitoring equipment.

Since the days of the Dustbowl in the 1930s, Oklahoma conservationists have been working at the local level to educate their neighbors about methods to preserve the land. By establishing demonstration farms on local, privately-held lands through a voluntary system, agriculture producers will be able to see firsthand the environmental and economic benefit of engaging in soil health conservation.


Soil Health Demonstration Farm Producer Spotlight
Field Days
Each demonstration farm will host a field day for their neighbors, community members, locally-elected officials and industry partners to observe the results of implementing cover crops and soil health practices. During these field days, experts from Oklahoma State University, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be available to answer questions and provide more information.

Project Funders

The OACD Healthy Soils Project is partially funded through a five-year grant awarded in 2015 by the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service.

We are pleased to partner with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the state agency that provides assistance to Oklahoma's 85 conservation districts and the public to foster a sense of stewardship and conservation management of Oklahoma's renewable natural resources.


ITC, the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company, is joining forces with the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) by investing in the Oklahoma Healthy Soils Project.

Williams is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting North American natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Williams recognizes the importance of proactively demonstrating its commitment to communities and the environment.

Free Soil Health Information Starter Kits Available


Landowners and farmers across the nation increasingly realize that healthy soils are the key to fostering more productive, profitable and sustainable farms—for healthy, sustainable, long-term returns. This Soil Health Information Starter Kit will provide you with the basics and benefits of soil health, and ideas on how you can work with your farmer to build soil equity by using soil health management systems that include cover crops, diverse rotations and no-till practices. 


Landowners can now call 1-888-526-3227 or email [email protected] to order a free soil health information starter kit directly from the NRCS distribution center or click here to download a pdf.