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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. 

Tune in to listen to experts answer soil health questions, share their experiences, and more.

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The People of Soil Health

15. Lisa Kubik – Taking Consistent, Incremental Steps to Build Soil Health

October 20, 2020

Cover crops, Farmer programs

For Lisa Kubik, SHP Field Manager in eastern Iowa, learning about soil health is a two-way street. “Honestly,” she says, “Working with SHP, I learn as much from my farmers…as they probably learn from me, which is really unique and really neat.” One of those farmers is Roger Zylstra from central Iowa, who has been […]

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The People of Soil Health

14. Keith Byerly – How Relationships Build Soil Health

October 6, 2020

Precision ag/Data, SHP team

When Keith Byerly made the transition from Precision Ag Manager on the ag retail side of the industry to Soil Health Partnership (SHP) on the education and research side of the industry, he didn’t realize the two roles would feel so similar. “Being a trusted advisor on the grower’s farm, you’re working on a relationship […]

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The People of Soil Health

13. Darrick Steen – SHP Helps Farmers Dig Into Soil Science

September 22, 2020

Cover crops, Industry partnerships

Darrick Steen, Director of Environmental Programs for Missouri Soybean and Missouri Corn, says his pathway to an interest in soil health starts with a turkey farm and a father involved in state politics. He grew up watching heated political and regulatory debates around animal agriculture and the environment. Eventually, he found his way to soil […]

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The People of Soil Health

12. Kent Solberg – Diversity in Crops, Farm Operations Empowers Soil Health

September 8, 2020

Cover crops, Grazing, Industry partnerships

Kent Solberg is a livestock and grazing specialist for the Sustainable Farming Association, as well as a field consultant for Understanding Ag, and a farmer. He is interested in the ability of well-managed soil to transform farms, families, and even communities. He believes diversity is key. “We’re focusing on these key principles of soil health: […]

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The People of Soil Health

11. Randy Dell – Equipping Farmers to Talk About Conservation on Rented Ground

August 25, 2020

Industry partnerships

Did you know about 50% of U.S. farm ground is rented from non-operating landowners? And that, in the Midwest, that percentage can be as high as 80-90%? As we continue to see more and more farm ground operated by someone other than the person who owns the land, it becomes critical for farmers to have […]

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The People of Soil Health

10. Wayne Honeycutt – Farmer Adoption of Best Soil Health Practices is Key

August 11, 2020

Industry partnerships, Soil health indicators, Soil science

Host, John Mesko, talks with Wayne Honeycutt, CEO of the Soil Health Institute (SHI), which is focused on the science of soil health and how different practices impact different elements of the soil. They discuss how Wayne became passionate about soil health, how soil health management practices can benefit agriculture environmentally and economically, and SHI’s vision for the future.

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The People of Soil Health

09. Debbie Reed – Translating Consumer Preferences to Farmer Opportunities

July 28, 2020

Soil health indicators

Host, John Mesko, talks with Debbie Reed, executive director of the Ecosystems Services Market Consortium (ESMC), a market designed to sell carbon, water quality and water quantity credits for the agriculture sector. The ESMC considers agriculture an incredibly important component of natural resource preservation and enhancement in our country and helps farmers capitalize on their environmental investments.

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The People of Soil Health

08. Jim Isermann – Cover Crop Report Yields Great Insight for SHP

July 14, 2020

Cover crops

Jim Isermann, SHP Field Manager for Northern Illinois and Wisconsin, talks with host John Mesko uncovering the first-ever 2019 Cover Crops Planting Report. The Cover Crop Planting Report consists of answers from 80 farmers that participated in SHP programs in 2019. Those 80 farmers live in eleven different states and provided information about the cover crops that they seeded last year. Listen in to learn more, and download the full 2019 Cover Crops Planting Report.

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The People of Soil Health

07. Elyssa McFarland – Soil Science is the New Frontier in Agriculture

June 30, 2020

Soil health indicators

Iowa farmer and SHP Development Manager talked with John Mesko about the future of soil health. As a farmer, she sees anecdotal changes on her farm due to the soil health management practices she’s incorporated. As a researcher, she is really interested in being able to measure and track the changes and tie them to outcomes on the farm. In Elyssa’s mind, soil health is the new frontier in agriculture.

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The People of Soil Health

06. Jay Watson – Why Soil Health is a Win-Win-Win Situation

June 16, 2020

Industry partnerships, Wheat

Jay Watson, Sourcing Sustainability Engagement Manager for General Mills, chats with host John Mesko about why General Mills is so invested in soil health. He believes focusing on soil health and improving natural resources is a win-, win-, win for the producers, for the environment, and for downstream food companies.

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