Soils are a complex integration of mineral material, organic matter, water, air and living organisms. Soils differ from region to region and can even be different from field to field or within a field. Most of Nova Scotia’s soils are naturally acidic, low in organic matter and are relatively infertile but with good management, improvements can be made and some soils can become productive. Soil conservation practices are important to maintain soil quality. Soils in Nova Scotia are prone to erosion, compaction and nutrient loss due to high levels of precipitation and topography. The risks of soil degradation can be mitigated by following best management practices. Perennia is committed to promote adoption of these practices on farm and committed to work toward the preservation and improvement this most import resource.