Giving Advice, Finding Solutions, and Building Connections for Healthier Soil, Healthier Crops, Healthier Livestock, and Healthier People.
Growing Connections is a mobile app that helps producers share soil health, land management, and livestock information and receive advice from experienced mentors.
- Network with mentors, industry leaders and experienced producers who can provide a wealth of information about improved soil health practices.
- The app allows producers to form localized connections and view other area producers’ strategies all from the palms of their hands.
- Producers can connect with other producers who have used government programs and can offer advice.
- Stay informed about local events and resources.
- The app introduces new ideas, which encourages producers to brainstorm together, pooling their years of entrepreneurial experience.
- Engage with producers and mentors about your interests and goals.
- Search for mentors by location or topic.
- Share ideas and create posts.
- Receive post interaction notifications.
- View articles, resources, relevant news and industry updates.
- Personalize your profile.
Download the app or use it on the web
You can find Growing Connections on the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, or use it online at www.growingconnectionsapp.com.
This policy applies to any information gathered through the mobile apps and website. This policy does not apply to any third-party information posted to the sites. Information gathered in the mobile app and website may include personal information at the discretion of the individual sharing.
This material and the Growing Connections app is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number NR206740XXXXC012. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, lender and employer.
2023 Soil Health School Registration Open!
The 2023 Soil Health School will be held August 28-30 on the farms of Anthony Bly and Bruce Carlson near Garretson, SD! There will be classroom sessions, field excercises, discussion panels, and opportunities to network with researchers, industry professionals, and experienced producers who can help you on your soil health journey! Class size is limited, so learn more and register today!
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