Digging In

Welcome the Inaugural Farmer Advisory Committee
Thursday, 18 July, 2019

Welcome the Inaugural Farmer Advisory Committee

The Soil Health Partnership’s value for soil health and agriculture is driven by the fact that it is a National Corn Growers Association effort, supported also by the National Wheat Foundation, that is led by farmers. However, as we grow, we have a greater need for further input from farmers. I am excited to announce the formation of a Farmer Advisory Committee to provide consistent input to SHP on its strategic vision and program delivery. This will ensure we deliver value to farmers and agriculture, and continue to evolve in line with the dynamics of the agricultural system. 

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The SHP Soil Sampling Process
Thursday, 11 July, 2019

The SHP Soil Sampling Process

Asking a farmer to take part in a research project that involves soil sampling will always be a bit of an adventure, because after all, as Leonardo Da Vinci is attributed to have stated, “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot”. 

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Hoping for Any Progress by the 4th of July
Thursday, 04 July, 2019

Hoping for Any Progress by the 4th of July

This year, farmers across the U.S. have faced less than ideal conditions trying to get their crops planted. The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) Field Managers have been on the ground all spring and have documented the struggles our Partner and Associate farmers are experiencing. Below, our Field Managers share quick field updates from their regions.

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Wednesday, 03 July, 2019

Statement from the Soil Health Partnership

On Thursday, June 27th, the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) was contacted by the Cornell Soil Health Lab to alert the organization of a data quality issue that affects the 2018 and 2019 Soil Organic Matter test results conducted on farms working with SHP.  This data quality issue affects previous results that were presented publicly by SHP describing increases in Soil Organic Matter (SOM) on farms in the SHP network of during the first 2-3 years in the program.

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Maintaining morale and building our team culture
Thursday, 27 June, 2019

Maintaining morale and building our team culture

Being a virtual team for SHP has many benefits. We are closer to the farmers we serve, and we are locally connected. However, it is not always easy being a virtual team.  Additionally we work in an industry that is going through tremendous upheavals facing headwinds where so many of our farmers, colleagues and community are facing challenges on many fronts.  We are empathetic and cognizant of this pain. But we also know that one of the best ways we can help is to keep working and deliver our mission.

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Looking beyond the short term in cover crops
Thursday, 20 June, 2019

Looking beyond the short term in cover crops

No matter the region, farmers are always looking to give back more than what they reap from the soil. By reducing soil erosion, adding biomass, sequestering carbon and improving nutrient cycling, cover crops can be a huge benefit to farmers.

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Interns Take a Ridealong
Monday, 10 June, 2019

Interns Take a Ridealong

Each time a new member joins our staff they are encouraged to do a ride along with one of our field managers. Last month, our new interns Emily and Margaret had the chance to ride along with Abigail Peterson, our Missouri, and Southern Illinois Field Manager.

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