Hosted by the Soil Health Partnership’s Senior Director John Mesko, The People of Soil Health is a direct connection into the network of soil health professionals who are focused on the on-farm economic and environmental benefits of soil health. John interviews the best in the agricultural and environmental industries to discuss soil health practices and management systems, issues facing farmers, and insights from soil data sets.
What is soil health? What are the benefits of cover crops and conservation tillage? How can my farm be more sustainable? What’s the best way to increase organic matter in a corn field?
Tune in to listen to experts answer these questions, share their experiences, and more!
Elyssa McFarland – What’s In Store for SHP?
Host John Mesko is joined by his colleague and fellow leadership team member – SHP’s Field Development Director, Elyssa McFarland. The pair discuss the history of the Soil Health Partnership, SHP’s current focus, and the future goals and opportunities they see on the horizon.
Conservation's Impact on the Farm Bottom Line
An update on the work and impact of SHP
Daryl Maple – The Power of the On-Farm Learning Process
Host John Mesko is joined by Daryl Maple, co-owner and operator of Maple Farms in north-central Indiana. Daryl discusses his five-year partnership with SHP and what they’ve learned while trialing different conservation practices – including reduced tillage and cover crops.
Boone McAfee – Using Research and Outreach to Expand Environmental Stewardship in Nebraska
Host John Mesko is joined by Boone McAfee, director of research and stewardship for the Nebraska Corn Board, to discuss Boone’s efforts around encouraging and providing education and resources to farmers as they improve environmental stewardship not only their individual operation, but in the agriculture industry as a whole. They talk through Boone’s many partnership efforts on state and national initiatives related to supply chain sustainability, ag innovation, soil health and natural resources.
Maria Bowman & Vincent Gauthier – Why Digging Into Farm Financial Data Makes a Difference in Conservation Agriculture
Host John Mesko is joined by SHP Lead Scientist Maria Bowman and Environmental Defense Fund Research Analyst Vincent Gauthier to discuss findings from their new report, Conservation’s Impact on the Farm Bottom Line. They discuss the importance of collecting detailed financial information when talking about conservation practice adoption and some of the key takeaways from their study. You can find the full report now at soilhealthpartnership.org/farmfinance.
Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune – Focusing on Soil Health at NRCS
Host John Mesko is joined by Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune – Director of the Soil Health Division for the USDA NRCS – to learn more about the agency’s work, how they partner with groups like SHP to help farmers implement soil health practices, and why she sees soil health benefits extending beyond agriculture.
Joshlin & Addie Yoder – Sharing the Story of Conservation on the Farm
Host John Mesko is joined by Missouri farmers Joshlin & Addie Yoder, who share more about their farm and the work they’re doing with SHP. In this conversation, Joshlin and Addie dig into their journey back to farming after college, what receiving the 2020 Missouri Leopold Conservation Award meant to them, and how they are using a podcast and social media to share their story with the non-farming public.
Good choice for soil health info
Excellent content with relevant information!
Great info and practical info for farmers
Nice to hear about on-farm research, and how the program is working directly with farmers.