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The People of Soil Health Podcast provides a direct connection into the network of soil health professionals who are focused on the on-farm economic and environmental benefits of soil health.

Host John Mesko, SHP Senior Director, interviews the best in the agricultural and environmental industries to discuss soil health practices and management systems, issues facing farmers, and insights from soil data sets. 

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The People of Soil Health

Ep. 27: Elyssa McFarland – What’s In Store for SHP?

April 6, 2021

Farmer programs

Elyssa McFarland started out on the ground floor of the Soil Health Partnership. Initially coming in as an independent contractor, Elyssa quickly became an SHP field manager. She was part of rolling out the first trial sites in Iowa and watched the program expand into what it is today.  “[Soil Health Partnership] did have that […]

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The People of Soil Health

Ep. 26: Daryl Maple – The Power of the On-Farm Learning Process

March 23, 2021

Cover crops, Tillage

For Daryl Maple, Maple Farms is much more than just a farming operation. It’s a legacy. Purchased by his great-grandfather in 1930, Daryl – alongside his cousins, brother and father – still own and operate the original 160 acres, in addition to the expanded area that has come with more than 90 years of experience. Being […]

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25. Boone McAfee – Using Research and Outreach to Expand Environmental Stewardship in Nebraska

March 9, 2021

Farmer programs, Industry partnerships

“Enhancing demand. Adding value. Ensuring sustainability.” Nebraska Corn Board’s strategic vision and mission of creating opportunities for Nebraska’s corn growers have led Boone McAfee to a dynamic role supporting area farmers. One day he’s discussing production efficiency with his partners at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, trying to find the answer to how we improve or […]

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24. Maria Bowman & Vincent Gauthier – Why Digging Into Farm Financial Data Makes a Difference in Conservation Agriculture

February 23, 2021

Cover crops, Industry partnerships, Tillage

Conservation practices sound nice…but what is the financial impact? That is a question we get asked about a lot. While there’s a lot of discussion in agriculture, environmental and policy circles about implementing conservation practices, the reality is that sustainability goals have to match up with farmers’ need to run profitable operations. That is why […]

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23. Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune – Focusing on Soil Health at NRCS

February 9, 2021

Industry partnerships

For Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune, a passion for soil health started long ago, digging in the garden, and grew when she left for college and participated in a study abroad trip in Madagascar. Today, that dedication continues in her role as Director of the Soil Health Division for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation […]

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22. Joshlin & Addie Yoder – Sharing the Story of Conservation on the Farm

January 26, 2021

Farmer programs

For Joshlin and Addie Yoder, their journey back to the farm wasn’t a straight path. “We both attended the University of Missouri and graduated in 2002,” Joshlin explains. “But I went into retail for five years, following graduation from college. We moved to Alabama and lived down there for five years before that desire and […]

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21. John Stewart – Innovative Approaches to Cover Crop Seeding

January 12, 2021

Cover crops, Farmer programs

It’s no secret that, when it comes to cover crop seeding, farmers are always trying to balance a tight timeline and impending weather in the fall. Especially during wet or cold autumns, getting into the field in a timely manner after cash crop harvest – and being able to give your cover crop enough time […]

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20. Jason Lay – Making the Most of the Resources You Have

December 29, 2020

Cover crops, Farmer programs, Tillage

Many farmers would look at Jason Lay’s operation in Bloomington-Normal, Ill. and count him as one of the lucky ones. Rich, productive soils. Supportive landowners. Neighbors who are interested in what he’s doing on his farm. But, according to Jason, that doesn’t mean he can get complacent. “I’ll just start it off by saying this […]

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19. Mikayla Tabert – Diversification and Innovation are Key at Trinity Creek Ranch

December 15, 2020

Cover crops, Farmer programs, Grazing, Tillage

If you could choose only three words to describe Trinity Creek Ranch in Red Lake Falls, Minn., you would probably land somewhere in the realm of diversification, innovation and family. That combination of values is why we’re so glad to have Mikayla Tabert from Trinity Creek join us on The People of Soil Health Podcast. […]

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18. Dr. Charles Rice – “New Science” of Soils and the Holy Trinity

December 1, 2020

Soil science

Kansas State University Soil Microbiology Professor Charles (Chuck) Rice has always been interested in science and nature. A biology-turned-geography focus in college turned his attention to soils and water. Now, he revels in the new field of soil microbiology. “Soil microbiology is a young field, compared to some of the chemistry and physics components. Over […]

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