Landowners and environmental groups wanted Keystone XL out of the Nebraska Sandhills, a region with sandy soil that is quick to erode and hard to restore.
The White House has announced plans to expand research, programs and classroom education to stem erosion and degradation of US topsoil.
The benefits of no-till and cover crops abound. Still, there are hurdles to making the move away from traditional farming.
New research indicates that soil is eroding from farms much faster than previously thought.
Farmers feel the pressure of feeding a growing global population and protecting the soil necessary to do that—all while operating a viable business.