Field School for Soil Health Educators

Aug. 9-10, 2022

University of Minnesota
Southern Research and Outreach Center
35838 120th St.,
Waseca, MN 56093-4521

Join educators from across the Midwest to build skills for communicating soil health concepts. In the field, we’ll evaluate soil changes after using different tillage and cover crop planting equipment, and practice using a penetrometer under different field conditions. Presentations will cover manure management and cover crop nutrient uptake.

Participants will learn from professional communicators and share best practices on how to engage diverse audiences on soil management topics. Attendees will also have the opportunity to produce their own soil health focused video story! An optional half-day field trip will include travel to the karst region of southeast Minnesota to learn how communities and farmers are working to protect vulnerable drinking water aquifers from nitrate contamination.

Registration fee: $65

Registration includes meeting attendance August 9 and 10, lunch and dinner on August 9, and lunch on August 10. Registration also includes a cell phone tripod that can be used to capture footage in the field. The optional tour to the karst region on Wednesday afternoon is available to participants that pre-register to carpool or participants may drive themselves.

Cancellation Policy: Soil Health Nexus In-Service registration fees are refundable until July 31, 2022. After that date, refunds will no longer be available.

Hotel Information

A room block is available at the Super 8 by Wyndham: 1150 West Frontage Road, Owatonna MN for August 8 and August 9. Call 507-451-0380 to reserve your own room, and mention you are with the Soil Health Nexus group. The deadline to book your room and receive the room rate is July 13.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, please email Renae Siler at