There is a new resource with information about soil health which may be of interest to the public as well as farmers. The Soil Health Nexus was started with a grant from the North Central Region Water Network. It pools the knowledge of 12 land grant universities. Its initial focus is on manure and manure management but it appears they will expand beyond this at some point.
The website states that the goals of the Soil Health Nexus are:
- Maintain and grow our inventory of soil health research, training, and educational resources.
- Produce regional publications, videos, webinars, and blogs relevant to soil health and manure research and management practices.
- Develop regional research projects to promote conservation systems and practices such as cover crops, and no-till technologies that will lead to the improvement of soil and water quality in the region.
- Form a research and education technical committee that will serve as a regional infrastructure for future development of new science in the area of soil health and manure management.
- Continuing to grow participation among land—grant researchers, Extension staff and educators, and other partners to ensure access to locally relevant soil health and manure information across the North Central Region.
- Build capacity in each state’s Land Grant system to deliver soil health training, research, and resources.
The Nexus has various informational articles and a blog. So far blog posts have been focused on the role of manure and manure management in soil health but should have additional content in the near future.