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Soil Health Programs


Soil Health Assessment Program and Testing Services

Seeking farmers interested in FREE soil health testing on their farm!

Program Goal: evaluate, monitor, and educate farmers about soil health on their farm to facilitate the adoption of more practices that promote soil health practices.

  • CCE Ag Stewardship/SC SWCD staff consults with producer to learn past and current operations, and future goals.
  • Samples are collected and shipped by CCE Ag Stewardship/SWCD staff
  • Samples are analyzed using Cornell’s Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health (CASH) test (physical, biological, and chemical indicators)
  • Results reviewed by the producer and CCE Ag Stewardship/SWCD staff
  • Recommendations given and management strategies to improve soil health discussed

Interested? Contact Debbie Aller (CCE-Suffolk) at da352@cornell.edu, 631-902-1582 or Kaitlin Shahinian at kaitlin.shahinian@suffolkcountyny.gov, 631-852-3289

Soil Health Testing flyer


Soil Health Equipment Loan Program (Soil HELP)

Program Goalassist farmers in conserving and improving soil health long-term by offering conservation oriented agriculture equipment.

Requirements:

  • Reserve the equipment online or over the phone.
  • Agreement and Injury Risk Waiver must be filled out and signed.
  • Provide proof of insurance.
  • An incidental deposit of $500.00 (refunded when equipment is returned cleaned and not damaged).
  • Adequate transportation to pick up and drop off the equipment 
  • Equipment must be thoroughly cleaned of debris (mulch, seeds, mud, compost, etc.) before being returned.

Equipment available for loan:

  • Truax FLEX II No-Till Drill
  • Unverferth Zonebuilder 132 (2-shank)
  • Unverferth Zonebuilder 132 (4-shank)
  • New Holland 145 Box Spreader
  • Two ABI 50 cu. ft. Manure Spreaders with Ground Drive
  • Millcreek 406 Rowmulcher

Interested? Contact Debbie Aller (CCE-Suffolk) at da352@cornell.edu, 631-902-1582 or Kaitlin Shahinian (SC-SWCD) at kaitlin.shahinian@suffolkcountyny.gov, 631-852-3289

Equipment Loan Program flyer


Last updated February 17, 2021