Rooted in Data

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The theme for the 2019 Soil Health Summit was “Rooted in Data, Growing Success” and gathering data about soil health practices has been the focus of the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) since the beginning. SHP lead scientist Maria Bowman presented some of the latest data they have gathered. “A lot of our farmers are improving their soil organic matter and … Read More

Sponsors Support Soil Summit Success

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Sponsors like McDonald’s, Environmental Defense Fund, Bayer, Cargill, state corn and soybean commodity groups, National Corn Growers, The Nature Conservancy, Corteva, Tyson and others helped provide a variety of services to make the 2019 Soil Health Summit a huge success. But they are also key partners throughout the year in SHP’s efforts to research, educate and advocate for soil health … Read More

NCGA CEO Visits the Summit

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The CEO of the National Corn Growers Association, Jon Doggett, spoke to attendees at the Summit. He spoke about the diversity of people who are attending the event. He says that so many people today want to know more about where their food comes from and this Summit provides an opportunity for agriculture to tell its story. Jon says he … Read More

Soil Health Summit Awards Honor Best in Soil Health

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Five dedicated leaders in soil health received “Seeds of Change” awards at the 2019 Soil Health Partnership Summit, Jan. 15-16 in St. Louis. These awards highlight those participants in the Soil Health Partnership who go above and beyond to promote soil health throughout the year. The five award recipients are (pictured left to right) Exceptional Educators: John (and Joan) Maxwell, … Read More

2019 Soil Health Summit Media Content

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The fifth and largest ever Soil Health Summit concluded Wednesday after two days of non-stop networking and educational sessions. Content from the event is being processed for posting as individual stories on this site, but in the meantime, here are links to the photo albums and interviews with participants for those who would like content to use and share. Day … Read More

Preview of the 2019 Soil Health Summit

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The 2019 Soil Health Summit kicked off today with an opening general session. Welcoming us was the Executive Director of the Soil Health Partnership, Shefali Mehta. This is the 5th Summit and the program has grown tremendously. In the interview below, Shefali previews the program which is the most diverse in terms of presentations and breakout sessions ever. It is … Read More

The Future of Ag Technologies

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Precision agricultural technology has experienced phenomenal growth in the past two decades and it is not slowing down. During a session at the Soil Health Summit, Tommy Jackson with Syngenta Sustainable Solutions talked about what is coming down the pipeline for farmers and most of it revolves around data. “Every grower owns their data, so the data flow needs to … Read More

SHP Cover Crop On-Farm Research

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Grant Kimberley is a sixth generation farmer and Iowa Soybean Association director of market development, and this is his first year in the Soil Health Partnership program. “We’ve had a cover crop strip trial that we are doing on one of our farms,” said Kimberley. “We know cover crops can provide benefits but there’s a lot of intangibles there and … Read More

Turning Soil Health Into Profitability

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Farmers who enroll in the Soil Health Partnership gather lots of data regarding what is happening on their farms. To help them characterize what’s happening from a business performance outcome as they go through the program, there are specific data platforms and methods available. “There are plenty of opportunities where we can focus in very specifically on the business outcome … Read More

Missouri Farmer Conserving for the Next Generation

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Giving the next generation a chance is part of the reason Missouri farmer Tim Gottman enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership. He urges other farmers to join him in thinking about the future. “If you’re a little unsure, just think about the future generations that are going to be coming into agriculture, and what’s the soil going to be like … Read More