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Minnesota Office of Soil Health forum BWSR
FIRST MEETING: The Minnesota Office for Soil Health held its first stakeholder forum April 16 at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.

Minnesota Office for Soil Health holds first stakeholder forum

Attendees discussed the development of the state’s Soil Health Action Plan.

Conservation and agricultural professionals from the public and private sectors gathered April 16 at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus to discuss soil health at the Minnesota Office for Soil Health’s first stakeholder forum.

The Minnesota Office for Soil Health is a collaborative program created in 2017 by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources in partnership with the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center, a department housed in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences.

MOSH’s mission is to improve soil resources and water quality by developing the knowledge, skills and abilities of local government staff and agriculture professionals to more effectively promote sustainable soil and land management.

Forum attendees explored the development of a state Soil Health Action Plan and engaged in small-group discussions on a range of soil health issues. Farmer organizations in attendance included Minnesota Corn, Minnesota Milk, Minnesota State Cattlemen, Minnesota Soybean, the Land Stewardship Project and the Sustainable Farming Association.

Anna Cates listens to keynote speech at MOSH forumNEW POST: Anna Cates, the new state soil health specialist for the Minnesota Office for Soil Health, listens to the keynote speech at the MOSH stakeholder forum April 16.

“We appreciated the opportunity to attend the forum and discuss the many ways corn growers are investing in soil health with the organizations who share our goal of increased sustainability on the farm,” said Bryan Biegler, a Minnesota Corn board member, in a news release. “We look forward to working with the Minnesota Office for Soil Health to support its mission of promoting soil health and water conservation through local expertise statewide.”

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