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Data Privacy is a Core Principle of SHP

October 3, 2019

Did you know that SHP takes data privacy and security very seriously? It has been a core principle of our program from the very beginning, and it is one way we show our farmers how much we respect them and the work they are doing. The farmers we work with are trusting us with their data to […]

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SHP team
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Dr. Aaron Brooker Joins SHP as Research Fellow

October 1, 2019

Dr. Aaron Brooker recently joined the Soil Health Partnership’s (SHP) growing team as a Research Fellow. In this newly created role, Dr. Brooker is supporting the SHP integration into the GEMS data platform at the University of Minnesota and is developing an independent research project with SHP data. “We are looking forward to having Dr. Brooker’s expertise onboard at […]

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Cover crops

Cover Crops: Extending the Life of the Soil

September 26, 2019

In the farming community “cover crop” is a buzzword, and for good reason. Adding a cover crop to your farm means you are extending the amount of time there is something growing in that soil and that adds many other benefits. The most apparent benefits of cover crops include the following: Improve field conditions: What is […]

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Industry partnerships
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TNC: Championing Conversations Between Non-Operating Landowners and Farmers

September 17, 2019

Non-operating landowners own a significant amount of farmland across the U.S., yet many of them are unaware of the conservation practices being implemented on their land. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is working alongside state commodity organizations to facilitate and champion more conversations between non-operating landowners and farmers to identify opportunities in soil health efforts. According to the U.S. Department […]

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Cover crops
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Cover Crops: Where do I start?

September 13, 2019

Cover crops are an effective tool to improve soil health. Cover crops can reduce loss of excess nitrogen and phosphorus, reduce erosion, build up or recycle nutrients, assist with weed control and provide forage or grazing. However, implementing cover crops should not be taken lightly and requires lots of planning, adjusting and typically requires a […]

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Cover crops
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Cover Crops: Which one should I choose?

September 12, 2019

As harvest approaches, we also think about seeding cover crops, if we have not already. What type of cover crop seed you should use depends on your goals.  If your goal is to graze cattle on the cover to extend your grazing days, the seed you choose will be different than if you want to […]

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Industry partnerships
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FFAR Investment Essential to SHP’s Growth

September 5, 2019

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit in the 2014 Farm Bill, has been an integral partner in developing the Soil Health Partnership (SHP). FFAR made an impactful contribution that took SHP from a research program to a full-fledged multi-state, farmer-led soil health effort. The FFAR investment in SHP supports collaborative research and education […]

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Kristin Poley

Poley Joins SHP as Michigan Research Manager

August 29, 2019

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to announce Kristin Poley as the Michigan Research Manager. Poley will be in a joint research position with the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM), The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, and SHP with the primary responsibility to build research partnerships to answer key soil health and water quality questions. “Agriculture in […]

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Industry partnerships
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National Wheat Foundation Eager to Engage Wheat Growers in SHP

August 27, 2019

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is excited to have wheat farmers engaged in the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) as it celebrates its 5th anniversary. We look forward to SHP expanding with wheat, and similar success in wheat as has been seen with corn farmers. NWF values the SHP established network of corn and soybean farmers who are […]

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Farmer programs, Industry partnerships
Soil Sessions

Soil Health on Rented Farmland – Opportunities with Non-Operating Landowners

August 27, 2019

Join Randy Dell, Agriculture Strategy Manager with the The Nature Conservancy and Mike Dunn, TNC’s Director of Indiana Freshwater Conservation Programs as they discuss lessons learned from a year of exploration of non-operating landowners and conservation. The Nature Conservancy is a founding member and steering committee member of the Soil Health Partnership. Our organizations collaborate, […]

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