Mission

The mission of the Soil Health Advisory Group is to help guide and prioritize soil health research and extension efforts directed by NDSU; to provide networking opportunities among NDSU, state and federal agencies, retail partners, and commodity-grower groups; and to help increase the awareness and importance of soils to North Dakota’s vitality.  By providing the public and scientific communities evidence for adaption to changing soil environments, North Dakota’s land managers will be better suited to adapt to changes in climate, cropping systems, and environmental situations.

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The purpose:  to help land managers adapt to changing soil conditions
The business: networking, research, education
The values: good soil health is needed to maintain or improve North Dakota’s economic prosperity and to minimize environmental impacts caused by land management practices

Goals

Short-term: Networking among groups, brainstorming about immediate soil health concerns, prioritizing research projects and extension programs

Medium-term: help the public by providing information about soil health, to help find solutions to the most immediate soil health concerns, and to build relationships with funding agencies

Long-term: Help direct NDSU soil health research and extension efforts with the objective of increasing economic prosperity and increasing or maintaining soil health

Structure and Representatives

The governing structure of the Soil Health Advisory Group will be as follows:

A representative from each of the following agencies:  NRCS, ND Dept. of Health, ND Dept. of Agriculture, ND State Water Commission, and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts

A representative from each of the following retail groups: ND Agricultural Association, and the ND Petroleum Council

A representative from each of the following grower groups: ND Grain Growers Association, ND Irrigation Association, ND Corn Growers Association, ND Soybean Council, and the ND Grazing Lands Coalition

 

Each representative will be chosen by their agency or groups and will serve two-year terms.  After each two-year term the representative can be reappointed by their governing body.  Each representative should have a base knowledge of soil science, cropping systems, economics, or rangeland management. The ability to foster relationships with funding agencies is particularly encouraged.  An additional representative from the NDSU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering will be recruited.

Meetings

The Soil Health Advisory Group will initially meet two times per year for the first two years.  After two years the frequency of the meetings will be decided upon by the group.

Organization and Facilitator

The meetings will be organized and moderated by the Soil Health Extension faculty member (Dr. Abbey Wick).