(Posted Tue. Sep 16th, 2014)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that the National Corn Growers Association was among the recipients of the Conservation Innovation Grants. The National Corn Growers Association CIG award will be utilized to support the Soil Health Partnership.  The Soil Health Partnership represents a cooperative effort among several organizations working together with farmers to demonstrate and communicate the benefits of soil health to agricultural production. 


“The Soil Health Partnership is identifying, testing and measuring management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmers’ operations,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “NCGA believes projects that share information from farmers to farmers provide platforms that create greater understanding and facilitate broader implement agricultural best practices. This grant will allow the Soil Health Partnership to reach more growers in a shorter period of time than we could do otherwise.”


NCGA will receive almost $1 million to evaluate the linkages between soil health and on-farm management practices over the next three years. As part of the Soil Health Partnership, NCGA will use the funds to educate and demonstrate best management practices to improve productivity, profitability and environmental outcomes to crop producers and the general public across seven Midwestern states.  


The Partnership is an NCGA initiative with generous support from Monsanto and the Walton Family Foundation. Its mission is to catalyze enhanced agricultural sustainability and productivity by demonstrating and communicating the economic and environmental benefits of improved soil health. For more information and a listing of Soil Health Partnership field days and locations, visit or email