Do you have questions about cover crops?  No till? Strip Till?  Fertilizer/Pesticide Applications?

Our Farmer Mentors can help.

Farmer Mentors are producers that have implemented soil health practices on their operations and are willing to discuss their experiences with other farmers. If you are a member, login and use our Find a Mentor Tool.
We have a partnership with the Minnesota Natural Resource Conservation Services to assist farmers enrolled in EQIP with the  implementation and evaluation stages. If you are enrolled  in EQIP and you would like to connect to a mentor please contact Mark at 505-980-1360 or mark@mnsoilhealth.org.
Background on NRCS and SWCD:
A Brief History of NRCS:  https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/about/history/?cid=nrcs143_021392

NRCS featured in Ken Burn’s PBS documentary “The Dust Bowl”:  https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/about/history/?cid=stelprdb1049437

About NRCS: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/about/

The NRCS/Conservation District Partnership: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/about/?cid=nrcs144p2_015750

Locally-led Conservation: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/technical/nra/?cid=nrcs144p2_015753

What is an SWCD: https://www.maswcd.org/What_is_an_SWCD/what_is_an_swcd.htm

SWCD Look-Up: https://www.maswcd.org/SWCDs_On_The_Web/swcds_on_the_web.htm

Are you interested in building the knowledge base of soil health practices in Minnesota?

Our farmer mentors are producers that have implemented soil health practices on their opera-tions and are willing to discuss their experiences with other farmers. Information provided by farmers to farmers is especially vital. After all, you have planned, implemented, and witnessed the results. Your have experience trouble shooting, working with the logistics, and first-hand knowledge of soil health practices can be invaluable to another farmer.

Your name, general management, general location and email would be shared with MN Soil Health Coalition members so that they can identify a farmer with similar management to theirs or to what they’d like to implement, and contact you to discuss items related to that. At any time you can have your name taken off the mentor list if it isn’t a good fit for you.

You do not need to have implemented soil health practices for over a decade or feel like you have all of the answers.  This is a learning experience for all of us and nobody will have all of the answers or be expected to. Sharing what doesn’t work is as powerful as sharing what has worked.

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