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The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to announce a partnership with GEMS (Genetics, Environment Management, Socio-Economics) to re-engineer SHP data flow and help with data gap workflow.

“SHP looks forward to the partnership growing each year. The first year, we are focused on securely storing and backing up data, connecting to other major data sets and creating a data cleaning system for SHP yield data,” said Jack Cornell, SHP Field Team Director. “The second year, we will focus on utilizing the data cleaning system for our yield data and creating a platform for quick staff access to data.”

GEMS is a novel data sharing and big data analytical platform that enables public-private research collaborations for innovation in food and agricultural production, and other domain areas.

This is achieved through two methods. GEMShare is smart sharing that enables data providers to control who sees what, when. It supports open, private and pooled data, tools and workflows. GEMSTools is an ever-expanding suite of analytical tools designed to clean-up meta-data, impute missing data, enable data interoperability, and apply advanced analytic methods to genetic, environment, management and socio-economic data.

The GEMS hardware and software resides in a secure data center managed by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. The core platform is hosted in MSI’s local, secure, scalable cloud environment.

GEMS is made possible through a diverse group of public-private partnerships.


About the Soil Health Partnership

The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic

and environmental sustainability of the farm. For more information, visit https://soilhealthpartnership.org.

Media Contact: Stacie McCracken, SHP Communications Lead,