Soil Health Buckets

Education & Follow Up

Utilizing funding provided through an agreement with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as well as donations made by Turner Foundation, Farm Credit Services of America, First Dakota National Bank, Ducks Unlimited Inc., and Dacotah Bank the SD Soil Health Coalition provides educational “Soil Health Buckets” and lessons to vocational agriculture classrooms, soil science classrooms and additional youth groups.

Each “Bucket” includes eighteen different lesson plans and the tools necessary to demonstrate the soil health principles and concepts included within the plans. Each bucket complete with all necessary items has a price tag of nearly $500. The SD Soil Health Coalition would like to thank the current contributors, and will continue to work to provide each classroom the bucket, lesson plans, and follow up to educate our youth about soil health!

Those interested in receiving a Soil Health Bucket or contributing towards this project should contact Cindy Zenk, SDSHC Coordinator, at (605) 280-4190 for additional information.

Interested In Results From A Soil Health Knowledge, Interest, & Awareness Survey Conducted In 2018

Soil Health School Registration Open!

The 2024 South Dakota Soil Health School is set for Aug. 26-28 in Huron, SD, and it is designed for agricultural producers as well as anyone with an interest in learning how to manage soils for resiliency and profit. The agenda features classroom style presentations by producers and technical experts from across the state and region, as well as hands-on experiences in the field. Area producers will share their challenges and successes with various methods for improving soil health, to an average class size of 30-40.

News & Events

Regenerative ag pioneer to present workshop in Fort Pierre

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Coalition plans additional Soil Health School for West River

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