By building a peer-to-peer network, the Soil Health Partnership partners with farmers to explore the financial, economic, and environmental benefits and risks of soil health practices. SHP collects on-farm data to evaluate the impacts of soil health practices on the soil, the environment, and the farmer’s bottom line.
SHP Farmers work alongside our experienced, regional Field Managers to conduct field trials that compares soil health practices to the historical field management.
Measuring soil macronutrients, micronutrients and other health indicators, SHP is building an in-depth data set to learn more about the relationship between soil health practices, soil health management systems, environmental quality and quantity, and farm economics.
Insights gained from on-farm trials provide farmers tools to make the best decisions for their farm. The in-person and online SHP communities collaborate to spark adoption of soil health practices that benefit the plant, farmers and consumers.
The Soil Health Partnership was established in 2014 as a result of The Nature Conservancy, Bayer, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) having a shared vision of developing a farmer-led research network that could measure the impacts of implementing soil health practices on working farms. True to our vision of being led by farmers – and existing to serve farmers – SHP is a program of NCGA under the Stewardship Action team and serves as their flagship sustainability program.