Growing Connections



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

Apple (iPhone) Users

Android Users


Privacy Policy

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.
When using and interacting on our site please review the privacy policy. By using the app and website you are consenting to the usage, sharing and disclosure of any personal information posted into the mobile app or website. If you have created a profile on our site, you may edit the viewable personal information in “App Profile page” under “Edit Profile.”
South Dakota Soil Health Coalition may use any information gathered on the mobile app or website for learning experiences for users and members of the organization. We will be continuing to update and change both the privacy policy, mobile app and website interface to improve the user experience. For your convenience when we update the Privacy policy you will see this shown in the effective date in policy.
If you have any questions about the Privacy Policy, please contact South Dakota Soil Health Coalition at (605)-280-4190.


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.

2024 Soil Health Conference Registration Open!

The 2024 Soil Health School will be held Jan. 23-24 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City, SD! Keynote speakers include Jay Fuhrer, Jerry Hatfield, Glenn Elzinga, and Zach Smith. There will be many other speakers, breakout sessions, and opportunties to network and socialize! Join us and be a part of our 2024 Soil Health Conference!

News & Events

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Student video and essay contests now open

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