Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters Workshop Materials

About this Event

The 2020 Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters workshop will be held remotely on March 23rd and 24th. The workshop will bring together leaders and stakeholders from sustainable agriculture, sensor technology industries, agricultural researchers and engineers, and environmental non-profit organizations to discuss the latest in sensor development, applications, and needs to benefit agricultural soil health for water use efficiency, carbon sequestration, and plant nutrient availability. We hope you can join us on March 23rd and 24th. Please contact Katie DeMuro ( or Nancy Holm ( with questions.

Please see the agenda here.

Steering Committee

  • John Andersen, Greenleaf Advisors
  • Jennie Atkins, University of Illinois
  • Warren Dick, Ohio State University
  • Nancy Holm, Greenleaf Communities
  • Darrell Norton, Purdue University
  • Michelle Wander, University of Illinois

Workshop Objectives

  • Discuss the latest sensing technologies for detection of soil health attributes and knowledge gaps and concerns needing to be addressed.
  • Assess ag. practitioners’ perspectives on sensor technology use, barriers, and challenges.
  • Address ways that measurement of soil moisture, carbon, and nutrients can provide more understandable data for determining soil health and best management practices and can be used by agricultural practitioners for their own use and comparison with others.
  • Explore how sustainable ag. practitioners can monitor/measure benefits of their practices.

Workshop Outcomes

  • Share knowledge gained from workshop among participants, and other stakeholders (e.g., producers, researchers, and industry: sensor technology, grain/food, supply chain).
  • Build new partnerships to collaborate on proposals and tackle research, logistics, deployment, and field trial questions about sensor use in agriculture.
  • Establish new and continuing collaborations to further the work on quantifying best practices and their benefits to compensate farmers for reduced GHG emissions, nutrients, and water.
  • Conduct future workshops/webinars on agricultural practices and development of technology that assist with sustainable practices beneficial to environmental and human health.
  • Develop report/white paper and knowledge library to further discussion and collaboration.