Tricia Braid

Aug 24, 2015  |  Today's News

An August 26 Soil Health Field Day to be held at the Illinois Corn Growers Association office will promote budding agricultural practices.  Providing food, fuel and fiber for a growing population while protecting resources for future generations is one of agriculture’s greatest challenges. To that end, many farmers are embracing innovative technology and practices to achieve ambitious strides. This effort is related to the work of the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. Please RSVP your attendance. The information is below.

The Soil Health Partnership hopes to share ideas fueling this evolution, and will host a soil health educational event in Bloomington, Ill. on Wednesday, Aug. 26. 

SHP network farmer Jason Lay will host area growers, soil health experts and neighbors at a workshop from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Illinois Corn Growers Association, 14129 Carole Dr., Bloomington, IL, 61705. Lunch will be provided.

The event will cover how changing certain practices can create lasting environmental benefits while possibly increasing farm productivity and even income. Featured topics will include:

  • What is soil health and how do we measure it?
  • Benefits of soil health to crop yields and farm economics
  • What do soil health tests tell us? 
  • Cover crop basics: Getting started

An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.

“We encourage sound soil practices combined with scientific quantification of results from farmers taking positive actions,” said Nick Goeser, SHP director.  “Improved crop productivity, environmental gains and economic growth are all benefits of progressive soil management strategies.”

Please pre-register for the event with field manager Jim Isermann, 

About the Soil Health Partnership

The Soil Health Partnership brings together diverse partner organizations including commodity groups, federal agencies, universities and environmental groups to work toward the common goal of improving soil health. Over a five-year period, the SHP will identify, test and measure farm management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmers. We believe the results of this farmer-led project will provide a platform for sharing peer-to-peer information, and lend resources to benefit agricultural sustainability and profitability. An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, we provide the spark for greater understanding and implementation of agricultural best practices to protect resources for future generations. For more, visit