More than 120 people attended this field day in Harlan, IN at the farm of SHP’s Kurt Roemke. Cover crop interseeding, an experimental way to plant cover crops, looks promising at the Roemke site and other SHP sites north of I-70.

Soil Health Partnership Field Days Yield Strong Turnout


The dog days of summer haven’t deterred attendance at Soil Health Partnership field days across the Midwest. In fact, attendance has been strong all summer, with an estimated 750 farmers, agronomists and other interested parties attending events so far in Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. Starting in June and ending in September, the partnership will host about 31 field days showcasing cover crops, conservation tillage and nutrient management.


Hosted by farmers enrolled in the program, the field days often feature test plots on partnership farms. Area experts, including university, government and industry partners, and SHP field managers are on hand to give presentations, offer advice and answer questions about implementing advanced farming strategies. Local soil and water districts are also often involved.


“Interest in these field days has grown decisively each year. It’s gratifying to see so many farmers and agronomists interested in these farming techniques,” said SHP Director Nick Goeser. “We are especially grateful to our many partners for making these educational field days possible. This is an important part of our mission in peer-to-peer guidance for adopting advanced ag practices.”


Other field days are also scheduled in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska.





Tom Steever interviews SHP Director Nick Goeser in Jefferson City, MO, as Jenna Higgins Rose, SHP communications manager, listens. 


Brownfield Radio Campaign Showcases Illinois Farmers


This year, the Soil Health Partnership was able to fund an advertising campaign with Brownfield Ag News! The radio network has interviewed 8 SHP farmers in Illinois. Shorter versions of these interviews are running as 60 second commercials throughout the state, often promoting specific field days in the area.


In the longer interviews available online, hear why soil health is important to the farmers, and what practices they have changed on their farms in the areas of reduced tillage, cover crops and nutrient management.


The team hopes to be able to expand this campaign to other states in the partnership as well next year.





SHP Welcomes New Program Coordinator


In August, the Soil Health Partnership welcomed Anne Dietz to the team as the Program Coordinator. She will provide support to the entire team. Anne’s background includes customer service experience, both in the retail and agriculture sectors, as well as a short stint in crop insurance.


Anne most recently worked at Cargill as a Support Specialist, focused on process improvement opportunities within the region she worked as well as managing a Biomass Biofuels Sustainable supply chain for soybeans supplied into the European Union.


Anne graduated with high honors from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in German Studies and Foreign Language and International Trade. She currently lives in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband and son.











We’re very social…

The Soil Health Partnership regularly sends out news and information about the partnership through social media. We post articles and links related to cover crops, nutrient management, tillage practices and overall soil health! It’s a great way to stay connected. If you have a great picture showing your cover crops, tillage practices, or field day, please tag the partnership!









The Soil Health Partnership
is an NCGA Initiative


With support from

Natural Resources Conservation Service
United Soybean Board
The Walton Family Foundation


With technical support from

The Environmental Defense Fund
The Nature Conservancy