How do I share the results locally? Regionally?

Farmers sharing research findingsYou are implementing on-farm research, but how do you share the results locally or even regionally? How do you share the economic value of the research through reporting results, hosting field days for youth or the agricultural community?  Moreover, how do you evaluate the impact of your research? All those resources and more below.

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Suggestions for sharing economic value & costs

Economics of Cover Crops decision tool estimating economic costs/benefits of cover crops with and without grazing or harvesting

Economic evaluation of cover crops in Midwest row crop farming:  Final report by Dr. Alejando Plastina, Iowa State University for NC SARE

Two USDA programs from which eligible farmers and ranchers can receive financial assistance soil health practices on working lands are the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). To locate state specific programs, link to your state’s NRCS website, and click on the “PROGRAMS” tag.

Some states offer soil health cost share programs for soil health or cover crops.  Check with your state’s department of agriculture, department of environmental quality, or department of natural resources.

Soil health or cover crop cost share may be accessible locally through a soil and water conservation district, natural resource district, or commercial grain buyer.

Field day planning guide

USDA SARE Farmer Field Day Toolkit includes:

Want to share the toolkit at a workshop or other event? Download it as a 16-page PDF.

Field day demonstrations

Soil Quality Measures for On-Farm Demonstration

Soil GlueSoil Organic MatterWater Infiltration into SoilSoil Respiration

NRCS Guide:  Soil Glue

NRCS Guide: Soil Organic Matter



NRCS Guide: Soil Infiltration



NRCS Guide: Soil Respiration



Evaluating a Field Day's Impact