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 developed resources for soil health on-farm research

Soil Health Digital Cafe 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 Cafe where attendees can continue to discuss the topic in more depth with Soil Health Nexus members.

Teaching Soil Health from a Pit – June 16 @ 2 pm Central

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Everyone is searching for “the” soil health test, but truth be told, the most meaningful way to learn more about your soil is to dig a hole. Soils have inherent soil properties that they inherited from the five soil forming factors of climate, organisms, relief, parent material, and time. And, soils have dynamic properties that can change quickly with a change in management practices. Getting out a shovel is the very best way to learn about both inherent and dynamic soil properties, and DeAnn Presley from Kansas State University will explain what to look for in the June Soil Health Digital Cafe.


Ag Policy and How it Impacts Soil Health Practice Adoption

As part of the Soil Health Nexus Digital Cafe Series, Lara Bryant from the Natural Resources Defense Council, presents “Ag Policy and How it Impacts Soil Health Practice Adoption”. This presentation was originally broadcast on April 21, 2021.