Welcome to our Soil Health portal
What you’ll find on this page:
- A comprehensive calendar of SFA soil health events (below) – including those hosted by members of the SFA Soil Health Network
- Videos, documents and guides created and collected by SFA soil health experts
- Links to partner organizations, relevant articles, and other SFA-approved soil health tidbits
New Cropland Grazing Exchange Site Links Crop, Livestock Producers
We already know that livestock integration is critical to achieving soil health. It’s one of the Five Principles of Soil Health and guides much of our programming at various SFA events and the Midwest Soil Health Summit.
But what if you’re a crop farmer working toward soil health but, for whatever reason, can’t add the livestock piece?
After working in cooperation with SFA, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has launched the Cropland Grazing Exchange, an interactive website that seeks to connect crop farmers and livestock farmers to improve soil health.
On the site, crop and/or livestock farmers register their location by township and provide basic information about their operation. An interactive map is then generated that shows available grazing sites and livestock herds; registered users may contact each other to initiate a conversation about grazing agreements.
The Cropland Grazing Exchange also includes information about writing a grazing lease, guidelines on herbicide restrictions, and other considerations for custom grazing.
For more information and to register your operation, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/cge or contact Kelly Anderson at 320.808.4424.
Educational articles from Tom Barthel of Snake River Farm
Tom Barthel is a longtime SFA member and owner/operator at Snake River Farm in Becker, Minn. A stalwart sustainable farmer and soil health expert, Tom writes often for his farm website and has shared the following articles with SFA:
Soil Health for Small-Scale Producers
Smaller acreage producers have different needs and circumstances, but with the help of some accessible tools can incorporate the fundamentals of soil health into their farming activities.
Midwest Soil Health Summit
Sponsor and Exhibitor registration for the 2018 Midwest Soil Health Summit will be open soon.
SFA Soil Health Network Members
Our Soil Health Events Calendar is to encourage partnership and collaboration among agricultural support professionals to promote soil health training events. Members of the Soil Health Network can add events directly to the calendar by simply filling out this form. The calendar is viewable to all – however, only soil health network members can add items to the calendar.
By using the calendar to promote your soil health events, SFA will handle event registration. When a person registers (directly from the calendar), the contact information will be recorded and you will receive a list of registrants just prior to your event. After the event, an evaluation will be sent to all attendees who registered online. SFA will send you a summary of the evaluations from your event.
SFA’s Soil Health Network consists of farmers, ag service professionals, experts, researchers, and others who work to promote soil health, cover crops and grazing. Wondering about SFA’s Soil Health Network? Want to be a member, or just seek more information? Contact Wayne Monsen, Special Projects Coordinator, at email@example.com or 1-844-922-5573 Ext. 712.