Five Questions You Should Ask Your Tenant About Soil Health

5Questions-NOLO-Factsheet-15How do you know when your farmer is doing all she or he can to protect and build the health of your soil? The Natural Resources Conservation Service has created a new handout with five questions you should ask your tenant to find out. The questions are simple and come with easy-to-understand explanations. The first – “Do you build organic matter in the soil?” – explains: “Finding a farmer who is interested in building organic matter by using practices like no-till and cover crops is like finding a bank with a better rate on a Certificate of Deposit.” The amount of organic matter in a farm’s soil often determines the price farmers are willing to pay to rent or buy farmland.

You can read and download the entire handout here: 5Questions-NOLO-Factsheet-15