Soil Health & Watershed Groups

Midwest Healthy Ag

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Contact: Ann Wolf - Co-Program Director

Phone: (515) 556-1095

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Midwest Healthy Ag is a farmer-initiated research project of Regeneration Midwest, a group of Midwest agricultural advocates dedicated to listening to farmers and farming communities about agriculture, the environment, climate, community and health. Our aim is to turn what is learned into community-led agriculture. Work is funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

Read our 2022 report, Across the Fence to learn about Midwest Healthy Ag, the listening project and what’s been learned so far. One important takeaway? Midwest agriculture isn’t divided into just two bins — “conventional” and “regenerative.” Across farms, counties and the region, agriculture is a continuum of practices and attitudes from which rural communities can draw strategies for moving their food systems to healthier practices that also pay the bills.

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About Us

Growing a Group:

  • Active group 5+ years
  • Book sharing
  • Farmer-led group
  • Formed a new group
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Member-led project planning
  • Neighbor to neighbor mentoring
  • Personal invitations to neighbors to grow the group
  • Other - Agriculture, climate, health research team


  • Actively participated in local watershed planning process
  • Collaboration with agriculture or conservation organizations
  • Collaboration with local ag retailers and/or crop advisors
  • Collaboration with local civic groups
  • Collaboration with local college or university
  • Other - grant funders


  • Engage local schools
  • Media interviews
  • Presentation to groups
  • Promotion to media outlets
  • Social media cultivation
  • Video Development
  • Website Development
  • Other

Land & Water:

  • Bioreactors
  • Cover crops
  • Crop diversification
  • Floodplain restoration
  • Grass waterways
  • Grazing
  • Nutrient management & retention
  • Perennial crops
  • Prairie strips
  • Saturated buffers
  • Stream buffers
  • Stream restoration
  • Water retention basins
  • Wetlands
  • Other

Assessment & Data:

  • Agronomic data collection
  • Field edge data collection
  • Field walkovers
  • Stream monitoring
  • Other - date and research assessment


  • Fishing event
  • Farm field days
  • Paddle event
  • Upstream or downstream connections/visits
  • Booth at local event
  • Other

Fishers & Famers Partnership Program Participation:

  • Workshop
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Radio Podcast
  • Boots on the Ground Online Conversation
  • Group Presentation
  • Project Tour
  • Featured in a Story
  • Featured in a Video
  • Meetings
  • None

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