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The People of Soil Health
32 minutes | 21 hours ago
18. Dr. Charles Rice – “New Science” of Soils and the Holy Trinity
Host, John Mesko, is joined by Kansas State University professor Dr. Charles (Chuck) Rice to discuss the latest research in soil microbiology. Dr. Rice shares his thoughts on the “Holy Trinity” of soil health – carbon, microbes, and structure – and the role this trifecta can play in factors like water-holding capacity and soil carbon storage. This conversation includes a wealth of knowledge – one you’ll want to tune in for!
24 minutes | 15 days ago
17. Ben Gleason – Soil Health Awareness is ‘Mission Accomplished’ at IA Corn
Host, John Mesko, is joined by Sustainable Program Manager for Iowa Corn, Ben Gleason, to talk about sustainability and soil health approaches in his state. Ben shares how Iowa farmers are incorporating reduced tillage and cover crops, as well as working on nutrient management strategies that protect water quality. He also shares the benefits of partnering with SHP to raise awareness of the importance of soil health practices.
28 minutes | a month ago
16. Dr. Steve Wood – Accessible Data for Everyone with AgEvidence
Host, John Mesko, is joined by Dr. Steve Wood – Senior Scientist for Agriculture and Food Systems with The Nature Conservancy – to discuss a new research database: AgEvidence. This online dashboard brings together more than 16,000 data points from nearly 300 peer-reviewed studies to help farmers and other industry stakeholders learn more about the impact of various soil health practices. Wood shares how AgEvidence got started, its design and how he hopes it will help both researchers and farmers alike in the mission to build healthier soils.
21 minutes | a month ago
15. Lisa Kubik – Taking Consistent, Incremental Steps to Build Soil Health
Host, John Mesko, sits down with Lisa Kubik – SHP Field Manager in eastern Iowa – to talk about how the farmers she works with are approaching soil health through the lens of incremental change. They discuss a new SHP business case featuring Iowa farmer Roger Zylstra, as well as how Lisa’s family is incorporating soil health practices (like reduced tillage, cover crops, and rotational cattle grazing) on their own farm. Business Case: Roger and Wesley Zylstra
37 minutes | 2 months ago
14. Keith Byerly – How Relationships Build Soil Health
Host, John Mesko, sits down with Keith Byerly, SHP’s Field Team Director–West, to talk about his experiences working with farmers in Nebraska and Kansas. Keith shares about his transition from agricultural retail to research and education with SHP. He also dives into farm data, irrigation, and the importance of relationships – regardless of what part of agriculture you touch.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
13. Darrick Steen – SHP Helps Farmers Dig Into Soil Science
Host, John Mesko, sits down with Darrick Steen to learn how Missouri Corn and Missouri Soybean support the organizations' farmer members – especially when it comes to soil health and environmental stewardship. Darrick shares how he went from growing up on a turkey farm to helping crop farmers achieve success, how the Missouri Strip Trial Program impacts nutrient management in the region, and why he values tag-teaming with the Soil Health Partnership.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
12. Kent Solberg – Diversity in Crops, Farm Operations Empowers Soil Health
Host, John Mesko, sits down with Kent Solberg to uncover all the ways diversity in farming operations helps improve soil health. Kent Solberg is a livestock and grazing specialist for the Sustainable Farming Association, as well as a field consultant for Understanding Ag – all in addition to being a farmer himself. He is passionate about incorporating plant and livestock diversity into farms, in order to optimize environmental improvements, productivity and profitability. This is a in-depth and fascinating conversation about the far-reaching impact farming can have (locally and beyond) and one you won’t want to miss.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
11. Randy Dell – Equipping Farmers to Talk About Conservation on Rented Ground
Host, John Mesko, talks with Randy Dell – soil health and nutrient strategy manager with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – about the dynamics between farmers and landowners when it comes to discussing different conservation practices. They dive into the barriers that get in the way of these conversations, the demographics of non-operating landowners, and tools/best practices farmers can use when talking to their landowners about sustainability and conservation practices (including approaches to improving soil health).
32 minutes | 4 months ago
10. Wayne Honeycutt – Farmer Adoption of Best Soil Health Practices is Key
Host, John Mesko, talks with Wayne Honeycutt, CEO of the Soil Health Institute. They discuss what the Soil Health Institute is working on, including analyzing each aspect of soil health and figuring out how to increase farmer adoption. SHI is working on programs to quantify the business case for farmers and identify the best measurements and tools for farmers to select management practices that improve soil health. Show notes
28 minutes | 4 months ago
09. Debbie Reed – Translating Consumer Preferences to Farmer Opportunities
Host, John Mesko, talks with Debbie Reed, executive director of the Ecosystems Services Market Consortium (ESMC), a market designed to sell carbon, water quality and water quantity credits for the agriculture sector. The ESMC considers agriculture an incredibly important component of natural resource preservation and enhancement in our country and helps farmers capitalize on their environmental investments. Show notes
23 minutes | 5 months ago
08. Jim Isermann – Cover Crop Report Yields Great Insight for SHP
Jim Isermann, SHP Field Manager for Northern Illinois and Wisconsin, talks with host John Mesko uncovering the first-ever 2019 Cover Crops Planting Report. The Cover Crop Planting Report consists of answers from 80 farmers that participated in SHP programs in 2019. Those 80 farmers live in eleven different states and provided information about the cover crops that they seeded last year. Listen in to learn more, and download the full 2019 Cover Crops Planting Report. Show notes
21 minutes | 5 months ago
07. Elyssa McFarland – Soil science is the new frontier in agriculture
Elyssa McFarland, Iowa farmer and SHP Development Manager talked with John Mesko about the future of soil health. As a farmer, she sees anecdotal changes on her farm due to the soil health management practices she’s incorporated. As a researcher, she is really interested in being able to measure and track the changes and tie them to outcomes on the farm. In Elyssa’s mind, soil health is the new frontier in agriculture. Show notes
31 minutes | 6 months ago
06. Jay Watson - Why soil health is a win-win-win situation
Jay Watson, Sourcing Sustainability Engagement Manager for General Mills, chats with host John Mesko about why General Mills is so invested in soil health. He believes focusing on soil health and improving natural resources is a win-, win-, win for the producers, for the environment, and for downstream food companies. Episode show notes
18 minutes | 6 months ago
05. Mike Jordan - Growing Cover Crops In Difficult Places
Mike Jordan, a wheat farmer in Kansas, joined the Soil Health Partnership to gain access to expertise and see if he could make cover crops work on his farm after a few years of trying it on his own with only minimal success. After years of inconsistent success with cover crops, Mike is taking a new approach. Episode show notes
19 minutes | 6 months ago
04. Kristin Poley - Translating data to real work answers
Kristin Poley, SHP Michigan Research Manager, is focused on building research partnerships that help answer key soil health and water quality questions. She leverages Michigan's diverse regions to examine the many challenges and motivations farmers experience while trying to build soil health. Episode show notes
26 minutes | 7 months ago
03. Dr. LaKisha Odom - A comprehensive approach to soil health
Dr. LaKisha Odom is the Scientific Program Director for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. With partnerships at the core of her work, Dr. Odom oversees the Soil Health Initiative, an example of how organizations can leverage their expertise and learnings to accelerate the adoption of soil health practices. Episode show notes
24 minutes | 7 months ago
02. Pipa Elias - Allies in conservation
As Director of Agriculture for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in North America, Pipa Elias leads an interdisciplinary team of experts in a collaborative approach to help producers meet the growing demand for food while protecting critical lands and waters. The People of Soil Health Podcast host John Mesko and Pipa discuss the opportunity for agriculture to create solutions. TNC believes farmers are among their greatest allies in conservation. “Our vision is a future in which both people and nature thrive. To me there is not a better connection between people and nature than agriculture,” Elias said. “We all need to eat and we can do so in a way when we’re promoting soil health that really benefits people and nature.” Elias’s work can be found at nature.org/workinglands. TNC is on Twitter at @natureag and Elias is at @pipaElias. Episode show notes
19 minutes | 8 months ago
01. Dr. Maria Bowman - Economic Benefits of a Wheat Cover Crop
As Lead Scientists for the Soil Health Partnership, Dr. Maria Bowman leads the scientific and data plan for the partnership. She recently published a business case that focuses on the economic benefits of wheat cover crop management practices when adopted at scale. Visit SHP's collection of business cases. Episode show notes
2 minutes | 9 months ago
This Podcast Starts April 7th!
Welcome to the People of Soil Health, a podcast that unearths the community exploring the financial, economic and environmental benefits of soil health. From farmers to researchers, meet the people committed to understanding soil health practices and improving the land. Hear from the experts as they share their experiences, analyze the data and discuss soil science. The first episode will drop April 7th. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss it! Agriculture has solutions for many of the challenges facing our world. Let’s work on these together.
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