Initiative Addresses Farmer Health and Soil Health

South Dakota Soil Health Coalition (SDSHC) and Avera Health are collaborating on a project called “Protect Yourself and Your Soil,” based on the connection between the potentially harmful effects of sun on skin and what can be seen when producers leave soil exposed to the elements. Both Avera Health and the SDSHC will be distributing wider-brim hats and educational information throughout the summer, highlighting facts about the skin and soil connection, as well as tips to avoid negative health effects. It is their hope that this unique collaboration will increase the quality of life for South Dakota farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and the general public while also promoting the protection and enhancement of one of the state’s most important resources.