Soil Health Toolbox

The Soil Health Nexus team is dedicated to increasing regional access to soil health research, knowledge, extension, and resources. This webpage serves as a hub for research-based soil health resources throughout the region.

Check back often, as we continue to build out our resources!

Digital Cafe Webinar Series

The Digital Cafe Webinars are a series of informal soil health webinars discussing the latest soil health research, resources, and news. The series is being archived and is available here.

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Soil Health 101

Soil Health is defined as the suite of biological, chemical, and physical properties and which enable soils to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains all life above and underneath the soil surface.

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Soil Health Educational Graphics

Looking for graphics and diagrams to use in your soil health educational efforts? We have newly developed material on the water cycle, nitrogen cycle and more.

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Carbon Credits and Carbon Agreements

This page provides key educator resources on carbon credits and carbon agreements so you can be as informed as possible when advising your stakeholders.

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Soil Health and Water Quality

Looking for a balanced approach to soil health when considering water quality issues? This section has the latest research exploring the connection between soil health and water quality.

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Conservation Economics & Finance Resource Hub

A collection of case studies, reports, and other research-based materials that have examined the profitability of conservation practices on farms within the North Central Region.

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Soil Health Demonstration and Assessment Videos

Learn how to conduct various soil health demonstrations and in-field assessments.

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On-Farm Research for Soil Health

Learn more about on-farm research for soil health, from hosting to implementing, sharing results and involving citizen scientists.

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Soil Properties

There are three types of soil properties: physical, chemical and biological. We have resources on each.

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Manure and Soil Health

Explore the latest research on the relationship between manure, soil health, and water.

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Examining Soil Health Perceptions

This data-brief shares the results of the Soil Health Nexus team’s recent study of soil health perceptions.  The survey works to identify barriers to adoption, characterize resource needs, and examine how different audiences define soil health.

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Basics of Conservation Finance: Facilitator’s Guide

A curriculum for training conservation professionals and farm business management educators about the financial considerations of on-farm conservation practices.

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