Dr. Matthew Wallenstein, Dr. Jim Ippolito, and Dr. Steven Fonte, Colorado State University, introduced themselves to the committee. The panel distributed a copy of their presentation to the committee [Attachment D]. The panel discussed soil erosion caused by wind and water and how that impacts soil health. Soil health is the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Healthy soil supports has physical, chemical, and biological benefits and supplies nutrients to crops. Dr. Fonte discussed soil structure and how well aggregated soil improves water capture and soil control. Dr. Ippolito discussed how the health of soil, and specifically soil moisture can improve with reduced tillage. He provided an example of how strip tillage can improve soil health and decrease soil erosion.