Minnesota Office of Soil Health
“Building Common Ground for Water Quality and Agricultural Production”
The Minnesota Office of Soil Health will be a new collaborative initiative between the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center (WRC) to support increasing awareness of the benefits of soil health and soil conservation through research and outreach that expand the tools and skills of Minnesota’s conservation delivery professionals. The mission of the initiative is to protect and improve soil resources and water quality by developing the knowledge, skills and abilities of local experts to more effectively promote sustainable soil and land management. In particular, the initiative will emphasize the importance of soil health and the water quality and economic impacts of applied land and water management practices.
The WRC will lead the University’s involvement in cooperation with the U of M Extension, the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, and other University units. Program activities will be guided and advised by a leadership group consisting of the WRC staff affiliated with the program, U of M faculty members, BWSR staff, the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, and the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD).