Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils

Colorado’s diverse agricultural sector has a long legacy of land stewardship. In particular, farmers and ranchers across the state employ practices to manage and improve the health of their soil – practices which, in turn, minimize overhead costs, conserve water, reduce erosion, and increase yields. Over the past few years, many voices from Colorado’s farming and ranching communities have begun exploring ways that these management practices can be recognized and incentivized at a statewide level.

We believe that the time is right to unite these voices into a results-based collaborative that will guide the development of policies and programs to improve soil health on Colorado’s farm and ranch land.

Specifically, the Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils (CCHS) will:

  1. Convene stakeholders from multiple arenas. CCHS will be a forum for farmers, researchers, local practitioners, service providers, and policymakers to come together as we consider the best path forward for soil health policies and programs in Colorado.

  2. Gain input from a broad group of Colorado farmers and ranchers. CCHS aims to represent the diversity of the state’s agricultural community. As such, we seek participation from a wide spectrum of farmers and ranchers and are committed to remaining non-ideological and action-oriented.

  3. Evaluate and synthesize program and policy options. CCHS members will work together to combine best practices from other states, proposals from coalition members, and stakeholder feedback into a consensus vision for soil health programming and policy that will benefit the greatest number of farmers and ranchers across the state.

  4. Guide our vision through legislative and rule-making processes. CCHS members will work with CDA to provide feedback and input to its soil health program, and will draft language for a bill, identify sponsors, and gather stakeholders to testify as necessary.

Join the Collaborative 

We welcome producers (full-time farmers and ranchers) and people who work to represent producers in their work. If this description fits, please consider joining by reaching out to soilhealthco@gmail.com. Membership in the Collaborative entails active participation (either in-person or remote) in Collaborative meetings, held for two hours about once a month between August 2019 and May 2020.

A wide group of stakeholders, including National Young Farmers Coalition, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, CSU, NRCS, Colorado Corn Growers, Savory Institute, Western Landowners Alliance, Holistic Management International, The Nature Conservancy, and many, many more are taking part in this effort.

 

If you’re interested in learning more, or for a link to a form to help inform the Collaborative’s  goals, please reach out to soilhealthco@gmail.com