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By Farmers, for farmers, backed by evidence

A Simple Starter No-Till Set-up


A Simple Starter No-Till Set-up

Farming with Prairie Strips


Farming with Prairie Strips

How to test Soil Health


How to test Soil Health

About One Good Idea

One Good Idea is a multimedia clearinghouse where farmers can learn from other farmers about how to be successful and profitable with soil health and other stewardship practices.

Because, sometimes, all you need to get started is to try that one good idea.

Ideas for the Season

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Introduction to Bale Grazing

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Corn Planter Setup for Planting Green

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Scouting and Troubleshooting Cover Crop Termination Issues

New Opportunities

We’re excited to offer two new opportunities to help farmers learn from each other about implementing soil and water conservation practices profitably.

Good Idea Shop Talks

This free, virtual meet-up series is for row crop and livestock producers who want to exchange ideas and advice for troubleshooting on-farm challenges related to improving soil and water resources.

Good Idea Mini-Grants

We invite pairs of producers and farm advisors to submit proposals to implement a low-cost edge-of-field conservation practice and create a video or podcast about what they did and learned to be shared on One Good Idea.

Share Your Ideas

Are you a farmer who is doing cover crops, no till, or other soil and water stewardship practices? Or do you work with farmers to implement these practices? Help other farmers be part of the solution and help us grow One Good Idea.

Submit Ideas

We crowdsource most of our content, and we’d love to include your ideas, videos, or podcasts in this clearinghouse. Learn how you can contribute.

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What is this?

A multimedia clearinghouse for ideas about soil and water stewardship that are by farmers, for farmers, and backed by evidence.

Who’s behind this?

We are a collaboration of university Extension specialists and farmers across the U.S. Midwest and Mid-South.

What do you mean by evidence?

To us, evidence is both research and farmers’ real-life experiences, and we work to ensure you get ideas you can trust.