Books & Publications

Bentrup, G. 2008. Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways. Asheville, NC: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Southern Research Station. Available at:

Borror, D. J., and R. E. White. 1970. A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico. Boston: Houghton Mifflin

Masters, N. 2019. For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems. New Zealand: Printable Reality.

Midwest Cover Crops Council.

Moebius-Clune, B. N., D. J. Moebius-Clune, B. K. Gugino, O. J. Idowu, R.R. Schindelbeck, A. J. Ristow, H. M. van Es, et al. 2016. Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health: The Cornell Framework. Geneva, NY: Cornell University.

Montgomery, D. R. 2007. Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Montgomery, D. R. 2017. Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. New York: W. W. Norton.

Montgomery, D. R., and A. Biklé. 2015. The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. New York: W. W. Norton.

Nardi, J. B. 2009. Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Stika, J. 2016. A Soil Owner’s Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health. Self-published, CreateSpace.

Online Resources

Cornell Soil Health Training Manual

Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

Northeast Cover Crops Council

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE). “Cover crops.”

SARE. “What is Soil Health?”

Southern Cover Crops Council

University of California IPM. “Bee precaution pesticide ratings.”

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). “Soil health.”

USDA NRCS. “Soil Health Assessment.”

USDA NRCS. “Soil Quality Test Kit.”

USDA NRCS. “Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST).”

USDA NRCS. “Cropland In-Field Soil Health Assessment Worksheet.”

Xerces Society. 2017. "Beneficial Insects for Natural Pest Control: Soil Scouting."

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.