The North Central Region Soil Health Nexus is a university-led team dedicated to increasing access to research-based soil health knowledge, extension and resources.

The team was created in 2015 with funding from the North Central Region Water Network.  The team is structured around research, extension and outreach, and resources and communications with representatives from all 12 North Central Region states.

Check out our Soil Health Toolbox, including our newly released whitepaper on the connection between Soil Health and Water Quality and our newly created Soil Health Nexus Matrix Decision-Tool!

Save the Date

The Soil Health Nexus and partners are hosting a Conservation Finance Ag Educator Training in Arlington, Wisconsin September 16th and 17th. The event will feature sessions on the social health economics, aggregated data on the economics of cover crops and no-till, tips for working with farmers on financial topics, and more. Plus, Tuesday, September 17th will include a field trip to the USDA Dairy Forage Research Farm in Prairie du Sac and Schoepp Farms in Lodi!

Registration and a full-agenda will be available shortly – stay tuned.

Soil Health Digital Café Series

The Soil Health Nexus is hosting a series of informal soil health webinars featuring Extension soil health experts and researchers from across the region discussing the latest soil health research, resources, and news. The webinars will take place monthly; they will be an hour in length with 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-minutes of Q&A and then a casual 30-minute Digital Café where attendees can continue to discuss the topic in more depth with Soil Health Nexus members.

Most Recent Webinar:

Activating the soil starts at the surface
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 2pm CT/3pm ET – View the Recording

Conservation management brings soil to life.  Measuring these changes in soil life can be simple and yet robust as indicators of key soil functions.  This Digital Cafe featured Alan Franzluebbers, Ecologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, who describes how soil-test biological activity can indicate improved soil health.


Manure and Microbes: Are they the key to sustainable crop production?

This Digital Café featured Quirine Ketterings, leader of the NMSP, who shared the value of manure project and discoveries related to soil microbial health indicators thus far. This webinar was originally broadcasted June 19, 2024.


Exploring nine years of the Wisconsin’s Producer Led Watershed Program and the new Soil Health program

In this Digital Café, Randy Zogbaum, Soil Health Specialist for DATCP, discusses Wisconsin’s growing Producer-Led Watershed program and DATCP’s soil health programming. This webinar was originally broadcasted May 15, 2024.