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Montana NRCS Soil Health Strategy 2015
Download the Montana Soil Health Strategy (PDF; 555 KB) November 2015

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Soil health workshops and tours are listed on Montana NRCS Events and Deadlines. This list is kept current and includes contact information for the events. To post your workshop or event, notify the Montana NRCS soil health contact.

Soil Health, A Montana Perspective

  • Continuing with Soil Health in Montana Presentation given February 17, 2016. (PDF; 1.6 MB)
  • Crossing Borders for Soil Health Plentywood, Montana, workshop attracts interested parties from both Canada and the USA.
  • Grazing Management and Soil Health (PDF; 4.9 MB)
  • The Soil Health, A Montana Perspective video series provides a Montana-focused look at the soil health topic. Many of us have heard of these ideas working in other parts of the country, but is it really possible in Montana? The Tools for Soil Health segments of the series summarize some of the conservation practices that can be used in Montana to improve soil health. In the Interviews with Montana Farmers and Ranchers segments, Montana farmers and ranchers who have been using these principles to build soil health share practical information.

Soil Health Information on Other Web Sites

  • National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. Broadcast of Opening Session and Presentations from conference held February 17-19, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 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.
  • NRCS Soil Quality Technical Notes, Information Sheets, and Other Soil Health Information - This website contains a series of publications released by the former NRCS Soil Quality Institute.  These publications include technical notes, Guidelines for Soil Quality Assessment in Conservation Planning, the Soil Quality Thunderbook, and other materials for use by NRCS field staff during the conservation planning process.
  • 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 Health Awareness - Unlock the Secrets in the Soil
    • Soil Health Theater - Ray, the Soil Guy, Soil Health Lessons in a Minute
    • Speaking for the Living Soils - Meet our Soil Health Spokespersons
    • Soil Health Fact Sheets
    • Healthy, Productive Soils Checklist
  • National NRCS Soils Website
  • 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


Bill Drummond
Soil Scientist
Phone: 406-587-6730
Email: William.Drummond