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Video:  Soil Health (Univ of MN, 2017)

Time:  57:21; In this session, Dr. Jessica Gutknecht discusses soil health.   When you think about the soil beneath your feet, or beneath your tractor, what does it mean for it to be healthy? What does it take for it to be healthy, and what are the results of those efforts? In this talk, we will explore the world below with a brief introduction to soils, how soil structure is built into a healthy soil, and some management options for building a healthy soil. We will also discuss the win-win of soil health for sustainable management and for adaptation to increasingly variable Minnesota weather and climate.

Webinar:  Soil Quality- the Foundation for Resource Management  (NRCS, Aug 2011)

Time: 1:55;  Participants in the webinar learn about Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation planning principles to improve soil health and the impact soil health has on other resource concerns, such as water quality.

Webinar:  Core NRCS Conservation Practices for Enhancing Soil Health  (NRCS, Feb 2014)

Time: 1:10; This webinar focuses on how several core NRCS conservation practices can be used by farmers to improve soil health, linking them to the four soil health planning principles, i.e. minimizing disturbance, maximizing diversity, keeping a living root growing, and maintaining residue cover.

Video series:  Unlock the Secrets in the Soil (NRCS)

A series of 41 videos, mostly under five minutes each that discuss various soil health topics and applications of soil health principles. 

Webinar:  Understanding Soil Quality Impacts on Soil Functions and Other Resource Concerns (Ohio State University Extension, Jun 2011)

Time:  1:18; Participants learn about nutrient management and healthy soils, and the resulting effects on water quality through a study of mechanisms for increasing soil organic matter, providing habitat for soil microorganisms, and improving soil quality.

Soil Health and Sustainability for Minnesota Webinars

Webinar 1:  Introduction to Soil Health (Time: 1:50)

Webinar 2: Nutrients, Soil Biology and Diversity in Agroecosystems (Time: 1:55)

Webinar 3: Disturbance, Grazing and Economics (Time: 1:48)

These three webinars are prerequisites for the Minnesota Soil Health Field Day and Minnesota Soil Health Classroom Training to meet the Soil Health and Sustainability Training requirements of the Apprentice Conservation Planner and Certified Conservation Planner curricula.

Video: Keep Cattle in Minnesota Project (Time: 1:27:49)

This video is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association and the Keep Cattle in Minnesota Program. The mission of this program is to sustain the beef and cattle industries while protecting and enhancing our vast environmental resources.

Reading: MN NRCS Soil Health Training Resources (Time will vary)

This is a set of 30+ soil health related training resources that is maintained by MN NRCS.

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