About Us

Our Vision

A collective effort to increase sustainable ag production through diversification and improved soil health.

Our Mission

Promote improved soil health.

Our History

The need for a producer led soil health organization to provide additional education and outreach throughout the state of South Dakota was identified by Jeff Zimprich, State Conservationist for the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service, in 2015. The South Dakota Grassland Coalition was approached because of their longstanding reputation for promoting the benefits of well managed grasslands to both producers and others with respect and integrity. The South Dakota Grassland Coalition Board decided to assist with the project by holding an organizational meeting May 19, 2015 at the SD Cattlemen’s conference room in Pierre.

In attendance at the organizational meeting were agricultural producers from throughout the state and additional representatives of the following organizations:

  • South Dakota State University
  • South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts
  • South Dakota Department of Agriculture
  • South Dakota Farm Bureau
  • South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association
  • South Dakota Soybean Association
  • South Dakota Grassland Coalition
  • USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service

A majority of those in attendance agreed that there was a need and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition was officially created. A meeting was held on June 11th, 2015 during which the bylaws, as well as the vision and mission statements were created. A seven-member board consisting of Al Miron, Bryan Jorgensen, Dan Forgey, Dennis Hoyle, Doug Sieck, Levi Neuharth, and Terry Ness was organized at this time. The inaugural soil health education event was held at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm with Ray Archuleta as the keynote speaker and over 120 participants in attendance.

Bylaws

2023 Soil Health Conference Registration Open!

The 2023 Soil Health Conference will be held Jan. 24-25 at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls! Keynote speakers include Dr. Kris Nichols, Rick Clark, Mitchell Hora, and Roy Thompson! There will be breakout sessions, discussion panels, award presentations and more! Join us for all the fun!

News & Events

Video: 2022 Soil Health School Distinguished Researchers Panel

Video: 2022 Soil Health School Distinguished Researchers Panel

At the 2022 Soil Health School, Aug. 31- Sept. 2 in Garretson, SD, retired USDA-ARS soil scientist Dr. Don Reicosky, retired Dakota Lakes Research Farm manager Dr. Dwayne Beck, and Ward Laboratories founder Dr. Ray Ward took time to answer questions from the school...

Adding life to the soil: Experimenting with compost

Adding life to the soil: Experimenting with compost

By Stan Wise PIERRE, SD – Healthy soil requires healthy, active biology beneath the surface. This includes bacteria and fungi. While the five principles of soil health – soil cover, minimal disturbance, living roots, diversity, and livestock integration – all work to...

SDSHC Provides Scholarships to FFA Regional Land Judging Winners

SDSHC Provides Scholarships to FFA Regional Land Judging Winners

South Dakota FFA Bath (October, 2022) – The South Dakota FFA Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of four $100 scholarships for students placing first in one of the four SD Regional Land Evaluation Competitions this fall. 2022 scholarship recipients are:...