February Newsletter

I am still feeling the excitement and energy from the Soil Health Partnership’s  Soil Health Summit.  I found it incredibly rewarding to see everyone come together and participate during the event – engaging throughout the entire meeting to provide feedback, share learnings and gather information from across the program.  I left fulfilled in knowing that we will continue with the support from so many across different sectors.


We heard several messages from you, our keynote speakers, our analytics teams.  We heard about your research and communication needs, your excitement for engaging in the program, and your recommendations to help refine the Partnership for greatest reward.  You will see us roll out updates over the next year to incorporate your feedback for an enhanced Soil Health Partnership. Aside from networking and sharing ideas, we received an enticing early look into the data summaries and analyses from across the SHP data collection network.  These early looks are helping us to refine our process for large scale movement as we expand the network and collect more data.


In turn, these analytics will help us to better understand and interpret the links between soil health, crop productivity, economic profitability, and environmental enhancement.


The Soil Health Partnership is also looking towards expansion in 2017.  We will be announcing approximately 30 new farmers that have enrolled in the program in current and existing geographies.  We have also continued our drive to offer better support to everyone in the program.  Anne Dietz and Jack Cornell have joined us as employees within the last six months, and we are moving closer to hiring two additional Field Managers (one in Iowa and one in Illinois).


New sites, new staff – what else??  We are also expanding communications and data collection support.  We are starting to realize our wish list of communications needs and adding new technology to improve efficiency in data collection.  This will mean better use of your time, improved reach to help tell your stories and enhanced tools for education and training on soil health.


I really enjoyed the time to catch up with everyone throughout The Soil Health Summit and look forward to talking and working with each of you to learn together.   We continue to learn and refine the program based upon the feedback from each of you!  This is your Soil Health Partnership!

February 7, 2017

From the Director:

Energized by the Soil Health Summit!




Nick Goeser, Ph.D.

Director, Soil Health Partnership


More than 185 farmers and collaborators attended our 3rd annual summit.

SHP farmer Kirk Kimble is interviewed by Brownfield Network’s Tom Steever

An early look at data, a positive message of progress and engaging collaborative break-outs – that and more all part of our 3rd annual Soil Health Summit. Held this year in Des Moines, more than 185 Ag scientists, industry leaders, environmentalists, water quality experts and enrolled farmers gathered to discuss our efforts to make agriculture more productive and sustainable through healthy soil.

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On the Road to Progress: 3rd Annual Soil Health Summit



Have you seen it? Videos, photos, press and more from the 2017 Summit


As part of the summit, Brownfield network reporter Tom Steever produced several video interviews featuring SHP farmers. We  want to thank Theo Bartman, Brent Bible, Benoit Delbecq, Kirk Kimble, Jason Lay, Brandon Moseley, Mark Mueller, Karen and Bret Seipold and Roger Zylstra for sharing their soil health stories and the importance of the Soil Health Partnership. Brownfield also covered the summit in news segments, as have Wisconsin State Farmer, Iowa Farmer Today and others. Check out the summit opening video, photos and all the coverage—you’re likely to see someone familiar!


Go to Soil Health Summit 2017 for

Videos & Photos • Brownfield Coverage • Opening Video

SHP featured at Commodity Classic


It’s time to saddle up for the 2017 Commodity Classic, March 2-4 in San Antonio, America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show. Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic—and a Soil Health Partnership Learning Center session is on the agenda.  Learning Centers are in-depth discussions of current issues and topics that have a direct impact on a farmer’s operation, production and profitability.


Be sure to join us for Soil Health Farming: Optimizing the Use of Cover Crops, Conservation Tillage and Nutrient Management Approaches:

Friday, March 3

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Room 217 AB


Come see us at the SHP booth, #110, on the expo hall floor!




Staff expands with new Operations Manager


The Soil Health Partnership has created a new position to help lead the organization’s ambitious on-farm data collection efforts as the program grows. Jack Cornell, a plant scientist, will fill the role of operations manager for the organization.


“I’m looking forward to continuing work on opportunities to make agriculture more sustainable,” Cornell said. “But at the same time, I grew up in a small town, understanding the importance of profitability on the farm. I look forward to relationships with farmers, striving to find ways for them to stay profitable and sustainable. It’s something I’m very passionate about.”


Cornell will help the SHP team, which includes several field managers throughout the Midwest, manage the data collected, provide strategic direction, and act as a conduit of information to the organization’s active Science Advisory Committee.


See News Release



Jack Cornell

Operations Manager

Soil Health Partnership





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United Soybean Board

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