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Join us for a monthly discussion with

producers, industry professionals, and

researchers about soil health.


The Soil Health Sit Down builds off previously held events such as the Palouse Alternative Cropping Symposium and the Direct-Seed Breakfasts held in Colfax, WA. We invite you to continue the conversation and your input on how we can work towards healthy soils and profitable farming on the Palouse.


Upcoming events will be hosted on Zoom. Register at the link below.

All presentations will be recorded and

posted on our website.

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Meet this month's speakers

Chris Eckhart

Eckhart Farms, Deer Park Washington

Eckhart Farms is a multigenerational family farm in the heart of Wild Rose Prairie that focuses on soil health and diversity. The farm has primarily been a wheat farm, but in recent years they have diversified the crops grown to benefit soil health and future sustainability.  In 2017, they started experimenting with adding animals to the mix in a rotational grazing manner with the goal of increasing soil diversity and organic matter. Experimenting on improving our soil health, while also minding economic operation hurdles, using a combination of no till and conventional tillage practices

Stephen Johnson

Resource Conservationist, Whitman County USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service | 509-397-4301

DIY Soil Health Assessment: Overview of in-the-field methods that anyone can use to evaluate soil health

As a Resource Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service based out of Colfax, Stephen works with farmers to provide technical guidance and financial assistance through USDA funded conservation programs. With a background in soil health and dryland cropping systems, he hopes to offer some simple tools anyone can apply on their operation.


NRCS Soil Health Assessment

NRCS Soil Health Resources

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters

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Wednesday January 20, 2021

Chris Eckhart, producer outside Deer Park, Washington, talks about the efforts his family has been trying to diversify the crops grown on their operation to benefit soil health and sustainability. Stephen Johnson, Resource Conservationist with NRCS provides an overview of in-the-field methods that anyone can use to evaluate indicators of soil health.

Wednesday December 16, 2020

Frank Wolf, producer from Lester Wolf Farms in Uniontown, WA talks about inter-seeding cover crops into cash cropping system along with over winter cover crops. Dr. Katherine Dentzman, a rural sociologist with WSU and U of I talks about herbicide resistance, why it's a concern for conservation and agriculture, and what our current community management initiative on the Palouse looks like.

Wednesday November 18, 2020

WSU Extension Agronomist, Isaac Madsen presents on intercropping canola and peas, and integrating livestock into canola production systems. Jakin Berns from Green Cover Seed talks about developing a custom cover crop mix for your operation with their SmartMix Calculator.