In 2012, NRCS in Montana developed a strategy to guide the NRCS efforts as soil health is made a priority consideration in Montana. The key components of this strategy include outreach efforts centered on technical knowledge, effective partnerships, and the compilation of a knowledge base to support soil health efforts in our Montana climate. More information can be found in The Montana Soil Health Strategy or by contacting the Montana NRCS soil health contact.
Soil Health Workshops and Tours
Cover Crop and Soil Health Workshop, Helena, Montana.
The Lewis and Clark Conservation District will host a soil health workshop on September 17, 2014 in the Helena Valley. Two local landowners who are utilizing cover crops in their cropping and grazing operations, Tim and Jim Dusenberry and Karl Christians, will be presenting. There will be a discussion on soil health, field tours, and a panel discussion.
Where: Little Red Schoolhouse, Sierra Road, Helena, MT When: Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required by Friday, September 5, 2014. Cost is $10 per person. Contact Chris Evans at 406-449-5000, ext. 112, or email@example.com for more information. Checks may be mailed to LCCD, 790 Colleen Street, Helena, MT 59601. Contact: Chris Evans, 406-449-5000 ext. 112.
Soil to Skillet - Horticulture and Cooking Workshop Monday, September 8, 2014, Fallon County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 1:00-8:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. Registration at Fallon County Fairgrounds Horticulture Workshop, Soil Health Demonstration, Cover Crops for Gardens, No-Tillage Gardens, Native Pollinators, Grass-Fed Beef, Local Marketing and Quality Nutrients in Foods. Hands-On Workshop: Artisan Bread in Five-Minutes and Make Your Own Cheese Boards Registration is $25.00 and due by August 25. Make Checks payable to: Fallon-Carter Extension and mail to P.O. Box 850, Baker MT, 59313.
Out on the Land TV series Season 2 Episode 24 features soil quality and the use of cover crops in Montana. This video requires Flash Player. If you encounter any problems, please contact Webmaster at 406-587-6945.
Soils 101 - This is a video series from NRCS South Carolina. Soils 101 is a compilation of fifteen videos featuring SC NRCS Soil Scientists. The videos include topics such as, What is Soil, Soil Physical Properties, Soil Biology, Soils for Conservationists, Soil Survey, and Soils for Homeowners. The videos were designed to help educate newer NRCS employees, give a refresher to seasoned NRCS employees, and to benefit anyone with an interest in soils.
Soil Biology Primer - The Soil Biology Primer is an introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity as well as air and water quality. The Primer includes units describing the soil food web and its relationship to soil health, and units about bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms. It is suitable for a broad audience including farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, resource specialists, conservationists, soil scientists, students, and educators.
Healthy Soils, Healthy Crops - A video series released by South Carolina that focus on soil health and some of the conservation practices that improve soil health, and activities that benefit from improved soil health. Precision agriculture is also highlighted.
Other Soil Health Resources
The USDA Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (SARE) program has made available publications that may be useful to conservationists, conservation partners, farmers, and others. The following two publications, while not specific to Montana, may provide useful information on cover crops and other soil improvement methods.