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Welcome to the Project Portal! Here you’ll find admin procedures and documents to download. If you need something and can’t find it, let us know:



Instructions for reimbursement

Mentoring budget (miles, time, per diem)


Package – Soil Evaluation Tool and Comprehensive Soil Health Management Plans. Includes instructions and examples. Download zip file

Template – Comprehensive Soil Health Management Plan

Template – Soil Evaluation Tool

Instructions – CSHMP

Instructions – Soil Evaluation Tool

Approved practices and rates

Verification documents

Project deliverables

Fact sheets and results which might not go on the public page

Project Schedule:

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A successful soil health management system is one which improves soil health while maintaining profitability.

The FARMS Project supports producers who are building comprehensive soil health management systems on their land in the High Plains of CO, NE, and KS.

Led by Farmers

Long-term soil health practitioners will guide and mentor early starters as they tackle soil health in the High Plains. In addition, most of the project staff are family farmers or ranchers.


Soil health is rarely achieved through isolated methods, but rather through a producer’s integration and adaptation of a suite of practices to his/her local context.


The project will encourage and cultivate systems thinking over isolated practice implementation.


Hub # 1

Front Range CO, Northeast CO, Southwest NE
Long-Term Practitioner - Roy Pfaltzgraff
Hub 1 Contact Info

Hub #2

East Central and SE CO
Long-Term Practitioner - Curt Sayles
Hub 2 Contact Info

Hub #3

Central and Western KS
Long-Term Practitioner - Kevin Wiltse
Hub 3 Contact Info

Hub #4

Northern KS and Southwest NE
Long-Term Practitioner - Dave Dryden
Hub 4 Contact Info

Hub #5

Northern and Eastern KS
Long-Term Practitioner - Lucinda Stuenkel
Hub 5 Contact Info

Hub #6

Central, Eastern, and Northern NE
Long-Term Practitioner - Jeff Steffen
Hub 6 Contact Info

FARMS Mentors 402-841-5682

Jeff and Jolene farm around 500 acres of mostly row crop along with some pasture in Northeast Nebraska 10 miles south of the South Dakota border. They currently grow Corn, Soybeans, Oats, Rye and Winter Peas. They graze some cow/calf pairs on pasture and also take on cattle in late summer through the winter to graze cover crops and crop residue. They have been continuous no-till for over 25 years but only the last 7 years or so have we really began to concentrate on soil health with cover crops being implemented on the whole farm. He’s a member of the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association so he raises non-gmo Soybeans, Oats and some Corn for certified seed. He’s also on the Nebraska Natural Resource Commission and the board for his local Natural Resource District (NRD). They also love Nature and Wildlife: as West Bow Creek runs through the middle of their farm, they try to promote biodiversity with many trees and other plantings.

David currently operates 935 acres of sharecropped crop ground near Stockton, KS. The operation has been 100% no-till since 1993 with a primary rotation of Wheat-Milo-Soybean. Around 2014 they began to integrate cover crops into the system to rebuild soil health and reduce input costs. In the past three years they have been integrating a very small herd of cattle to aid soil biology, and diversifying the operation with cover crops.

Dr. Lucinda Stuenkel has practiced no-till since May 2002. She has planted cover crops since 2007 with spring oats planted into wheat stubble in the fall. Currently she is planting 5 to 10 species cover crops at every opportunity, and practices gentle livestock care and rotational grazing. She has successfully taught cows to eat weeds. She presents programs on “Weeds or Forage: What is this Plant to Your Livestock,” “What Your Cows Would Like to Tell You,” “Farming With Less Muscle,” “Cattle Care,” and “Surviving a Farm Tragedy.”

FARMS Technical Assistants

Ray Ward
Storm Casper
Mark Watson
Greg Scott

Dr. Ward founded Ward Laboratories in 1983. He
received B.S. and M.S. Soil Science degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1959 and 1961 and a Plant Science Ph.D degree from South Dakota State University in 1972. He is a dedicated life-long learner and has taught about no-till and regenerative agriculture practices across the country.

Michael “Storm” Casper was a Soil Conservation Technician with NRCS from 2006-2018 and served as a member of the Colorado NRCS Soil Health Team. He is a past President of the Colorado Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society with experience in soil and water conservation, soil fertility management, soil ecology, and rangeland ecology. He currently serves as Vice-President of the CCTA.

Having served as the Chairman of the Panhandle No-Till Partnership and the Western Nebraska No-Till Education Coordinator, Mark Watson has extensive experience with soil health management systems in the High Plains. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, wrote a weekly “No-Till Notes” column for regional newspapers, and has implemented continuous crop no-till production on his family farm since the 1980s.

Gregory Scott retired from the USDA-NRCS in 2013 after serving as a State Soil Scientist for 36 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Soil Science and a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University. He currently works part-time with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and is primarily involved with Soil Health issues.