Soil Health

Soil is an essential component for land resources, agricultural development, and forest sustainability. It is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fiber production. Additionally, it serves many other critical functions to sustain air, water, and ecosystem health. Protecting and conserving this vital resource is at the core of conservation districts’ mission.


2018 Soil Health Workshops

Join us for the 2018 Soil Health Workshop Series – January 16-19! We have a number of great presenters lined up throughout the week that will share their own experiences in building and maintaining soil health.

Featured Speakers: (click name for speaker bios)

Brendon RockeySteve KenyonWendy Taheri, and Derek Axten 

Locations and Featured Speakers: 

  • January 16 – Three Forks at The Gathering Place, Featuring Steve Kenyon and Brendon Rockey
  • January 17 – Great Falls at the Holiday Inn, Featuring Brendon Rockey and Wendy  Taheri
  • January 18 – Billings a the Big Horn Resort and Convention Center, Featuring Steve Kenyon and Brendon Rockey
  • January 19 – Miles City at the Sleep Inn and Suites, Featuring Steve Kenyon and Wendy Taheri
  • January 19 – Sidney at the Richland Fairgrounds, Featuring Brendon Rockey and Derek Axten

Registration: $15 online through January 6, 2018; $20 at the door


Soil health in a minute!

Check out these one minute videos about soil health, provided by the National Grazing Lands Coalition.


Soil Health Event Resources

More details on the 2018 soil health workshops can be found here.


2016/2017 Soil Health Workshops:

This past October and January, SWCDM, Montana NRCS, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society worked together to put on six soil health workshops across the state. The October workshops featured grazing expert Jim Gerrish from American Grazing Lands in Patterson, ID. The January workshops featured no-till and diverse cropping experts, Dr.  Dwayne Beck and Dan Forgey from South Dakota’s Dakota Lakes area.  Thank you to the numerous sponsors and Conservation District staff who helped with these workshops.

For information on future workshops, visit our Workshops page.

Visit our Resources page for presentations and handouts from the January workshops featuring Dwayne Beck and Dan Forgey. For info on Jim Gerrish’s presentations, please contact Ann McCauley at ann@macdnet.org.

Resources for Speakers, Websites, and Funding

soil health resources