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Experimental Grazing & Hay Production

December 26, 2019

After spending much of my career advising other farmers, I wanted to do research on my own farm to understand the impact of grazing on soil and how it could improve the economics of the farm. I was rotationally grazing cattle and sheep on 160 acres that included pasture ground, and hay production acres as well. One […]

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Cover crops, Grazing

Grazing Timing and Cover Crops

December 19, 2019

Grazing can provide many benefits to your operation such as producing feed for livestock, lengthening the grazing season, and producing a second crop off of your corn and soybean acres; however, implementing grazing requires planning. One thing to consider is the time of year your livestock will be utilizing this additional grazing and what cover crops make […]

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3 Ways Grazing Can Benefit Your Farm

December 17, 2019

Planting annual cover crops in between cash cropping systems can be a great way to produce extra forage and extend the grazing season. Cover crop grazing can provide benefits to your operation including saving time, money and improving soil health. Cost-Savings One of the biggest expenses for any cattle farmer is feed costs. By keeping […]

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SHP team

Elyssa McFarland Named Development Manager

December 9, 2019

The Soil Health Partnership is excited to welcome Elyssa McFarland as our Development Manager. As Development Manager, Elyssa will build and maintain SHP’s broad spectrum of partnerships, expanding the resource base for the important work of building soil health and creating a sustainable future for farming and food. She joins a strong national team that is focused […]

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Industry partnerships

Advancing Soil Health Through Partnerships

December 5, 2019

There are more than 2 million farms across the United States, tended by men, women and families who produce the crops that feed, fuel and clothe the world. They care deeply for the lands and waters that sustain their livelihoods, but as the global population continues to grow, our nation’s farmers are under increasing pressure […]

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Industry partnerships

SHP, Illinois Corn Receive USDA Grant

December 4, 2019

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP), a program of the National Corn Growers Association, and IL Corn are excited to announce a new project focusing on helping farmers understand and implement new soil health practices and connecting those practices to farm profitability. The project is funded by the USDA Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program, the on-farm […]

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Industry partnerships

December 5 is World Soil Day

December 2, 2019

Thursday, December 5, is World Soil Day! Join our week-long celebration by sharing your soil health journey! Why are you interested in soil health? What are you doing to improve soil health? Use the hashtag #mysoilhealthjourney and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to join the celebration.

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