To see the most precious resource on the planet, walk outside and look down.

With more than one million organisms in a single teaspoon of Earth, soil supports the ecosystem, purifies the air, and filters and stores water. It is critical to agriculture, food production and environmental stewardship, making it literally the foundation for society.

To promote the value of soil health in agriculture, the Southern Soil Health Conference will be held Jan. 12-13, 2016, at the Ardmore Convention Center. Hosted by Green Cover Seed and sponsored in part by The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the conference will focus solely on soil health, cover crops and grazing.

“We selected Ardmore because of our long standing relationship with the Noble Foundation and their deep seated commitment to soil health,” said Keith Berns, Green Cover Seed president. “Partnering with the Noble Foundation in this educational endeavor makes sense because we share the common goals of educating farmers and ranchers about the importance of protecting, preserving and restoring our soil resources.”

The Southern Soil Health Conference is designed for land owners, and farmers and ranchers involved in production agriculture. Speakers include Noble Foundation research agronomist James Rogers, Ph.D., and soils and crops consultant Jim Johnson.

“Soil health is a key factor in any agricultural production system, whether conventional or organic,” said Bill Buckner, Noble Foundation president and CEO. “Yet, soil is too often ignored or overshadowed by other factors. It is critical that producers – the people working directly with the land – be in close communication with researchers and policymakers to ensure that their challenges are recognized and our soils are protected and sustained for future generations.”

Texas and Oklahoma producers, including farmers and ranchers that participate in the Noble Foundation’s no-cost consultation program, will share their individual experiences with soil health and how it has affected their farming and ranching operations.

“Most never imagine that healthy soil could disappear, but this exhaustible resource requires active management to remain productive,” Rogers said. “The Southern Soil Health Conference shines a spotlight of the critical nature of soil and demonstrates how agriculture producers can improve their soil.”

Registration cost for the conference is $150 until Dec. 31 and goes up to $175 after Jan. 1. For more information and to register, please visit www.greencoverseed.com.