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The South Dakota Soil Health Coalition is a producer-led, non-profit, membership organization that was created in the spring of 2015. The Coalition is governed by a nine-member board of farmers and ranchers from across the state and includes several staff members. Staff and board members strive to carry out the Coalition’s mission to “Promote Improved Soil Health” through education and outreach. Major projects and membership benefits include: field walks and workshops, annual Soil Health School, mentoring network, bi-monthly newsletter, informational videos, and the distribution of soil health education kits to school groups. Additional information can be found at

This South Dakota Grazing Exchange was created to connect livestock producers and those with available cropland or forage to graze by utilizing an interactive map while providing important resources. Integrating livestock onto cropland and proper grassland management are key steps in increasing overall soil health.

Listed below are some important reasons why integrating livestock back onto the land is beneficial as well as a few ways to accomplish this.

Why do we want to return livestock to the landscape?

How do we return livestock to the landscape?