Soil is essential to supporting human life on Earth. Thousands of years of conventional farming, ranching and land practices have reduced carbon levels in the soil. Carbon is the primary and essential productive component of topsoil. Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years from human activities.
In the Midwest, AFT works with family farmers and conservation partners to protect and restore the health and productivity of this vital natural resource. We encourage farmers to adopt practices that increase the soil's organic matter, making it more productive and resilient.