Soil Health Partnership released their first ever annual report for 2019. This marked the five-year anniversary of SHP and the report compiled the progress in what was another year of growth for the organization.
“We started off the year by releasing preliminary findings at the 2019 Soil Health Summit,” John Mesko, Senior Director of SHP said. “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.”
That research was collected on farmer partner sites that grew to 220 sites in 2019.
“Our team has grown and evolved along with our partners,” Mesko said.
Four additional field staff were added in the past year to accommodate the growing number of farmer research sites. SHP also expanded resources in the science and research area in an effort to increase data analysis.
SHP continued to leverage diverse alliances. New research partners include The Fertilizer Institute, and Woods Whole Research Center. As they worked to expand SHP’s capacity for data management, integration, and analysis, they formalized partnerships with the University of Minnesota GEMS and OpenTeam. SHP now has 28 grant agreements and 6 research agreements.
New communication channels were launched in 2019 to further connect with the soil health community. The weekly blog, Digging In, provides agronomic insights and organization updates. The webinar series, Soil Sessions, addresses monthly topics that benefit SHP farmers and the soil health community.
“As we look ahead to 2020, one of the items I’m most excited about is the launch of the SHP podcast, The People of Soil Health, in the spring. I’ll be hosting this monthly conversation with soil health leaders and I look forward to reaching new audiences with soil health information,” Mesko said.
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.