As we close out 2019, the five-year anniversary of Soil Health Partnership, our team has compiled our progress in our first annual report.
The year began with the release of preliminary findings at the 2019 Soil Health Summit. These findings indicated that organic matter is increasing on SHP Research Fields, and that there is no statistically significant evidence of yield drag from cover crops across the SHP network.
Our team has grown and evolved. Four additional field staff were added this year to accommodate the growing number of sites. We also expanded resources in the science and research area in an effort to increase data analysis.
Partnerships are core to our work at SHP and we continued to leverage diverse alliances. New research partners include Environmental Defense Fund, The Fertilizer Institute, and Woods Whole Research Center. As we worked to expand SHP’s capacity for data management, integration, and analysis, we formalized partnerships with the University of Minnesota GEMS and OpenTeam. We now have 28 grant agreements and 6 research agreements.
New communication channels were launched in 2019 to further connect with the soil health community. Our weekly blog, Digging In, provides agronomic insights and organization updates. Our webinar series, Soil Sessions, addresses monthly topics that benefit SHP farmers and the soil health community.
As we look ahead to 2020, we are excited to launch the SHP podcast, The People of Soil Health, in the spring. Senior Director John Mesko will be hosting this monthly conversation with soil health leaders, and we look forward to reaching new audiences with soil health information.
This is just a highlight of the strides made by the SHP this year. Download the full annual report to see the complete review of the year.
To learn more about SHP’s plans for the upcoming year, listen to the replay of the webinar Mesko hosted, Welcome to 2020 – SHP’s Next Phase.