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23. Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune – Focusing on Soil Health at NRCS

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For Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune, a passion for soil health started long ago, digging in the garden, and grew when she left for college and participated in a study abroad trip in Madagascar. Today, that dedication continues in her role as Director of the Soil Health Division for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, or NRCS.

“I really got into working with NRCS because the agency really focuses on those other components of soil function – the loss of organic matter, the loss of aggregate stability, the increased soil crusting and compaction that you get, the increased erosion that happens. And I could really see that that’s where the impacts were, because that’s something that a lot of producers are not necessarily aware of,” she shared.

In this episode of The People of Soil Health, Dr. Moebius-Clune sat down to talk with SHP Senior Director John Mesko about her work at NRCS, how the agency partners with groups like SHP, and how she sees the benefits of soil health going beyond agriculture.

“I think the thing to know is soil health is a win-win opportunity. There’s win-win all around because, not only does the producer win right there on their land because they’re able to grow the crop and able to maintain that and to make money and often reduce inputs, but also all of society wins,” she said.

You can listen to the full episode using the player above or by checking out The People of Soil Health in your favorite podcast app.