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NWA Specialty Crop Soil Health Program


Logos for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Northwest Arkansas Specialty Crop Soil Health Program

Healthy soils promote efficient specialty crop production. Growers increasingly need tools to understand the status of soil health on their farms, and learn how the health of their soils can be improved. This led to the development of the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Specialty Crop Soil Health program. The goal of the program is to increase the productivity and profitability of specialty crop farms in four Arkansas counties (Benton, Washington, Carroll, and Madison) by educating and training growers on implementing specific management practices that have been shown to improve on-farm soil health. In addition, participating growers will be provided with free comprehensive soil health testing to determine what practices might increase soil health most effectively for their farms.  The program is supported by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.


Program Goals

  • Develop an increased understanding of sustainable management strategies utilized by specialty crop growers
  • Train specialty crop growers on implementing specific strategies to improve soil health
  • Quantify soil health outcomes based on strategies utilized across NWA


Program Leads

Matt Bertucci

Dr. Matt Bertucci

Assist. Professor-Sustainable Fruit & Vegetable Production


Amanda McWhirt

Dr. Amanda McWhirt

Horticulture Production Extension Specialist



Participating Farm Collaborators


Map of Arkansas counties with Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties highlighted in red




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