The purpose of the Mississippi Healthy Soils Initiative is to help growers be more profitable and sustainable by improving the health of their most valuable asset, the soil. Management systems and practices used to build healthy soils also produce many environmental benefits such as reducing sediment and nutrient loss, reducing irrigation water demand through improved infiltration and holding capacity, and sequestering more carbon from the atmosphere.
Farmers across the U.S. are transitioning to agricultural management systems and practices that focus on rebuilding the soil to produce more profitable crops. There are several key concepts to building healthy soil that apply universally, regardless of climate, terrain, crops, and etc. These principals include: