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The Soil Health Partnership is excited to welcome Elyssa McFarland as our Development Manager.

As Development Manager, Elyssa will build and maintain SHP’s broad spectrum of partnerships, expanding the resource base for the important work of building soil health and creating a sustainable future for farming and food. She joins a strong national team that is focused on identifying and sharing the economic and environmental benefits of varied soil management strategies and providing a set of regionally specific, data‑driven recommendations that farmers can use to improve the productivity and sustainability of their farms.

Elyssa is no stranger to the SHP family. She previously served as a Field Manager for Iowa and Missouri and assisted with SHP development work before returning to her family’s farm in Iowa.

“We are eager to have Elyssa’s support in building partnerships and nurturing relationships at SHP. She brings a breadth of soil health knowledge understands our mission very well,” said John Mesko, SHP Senior Director.

Elyssa McFarland was raised on a grain and livestock farm east of Columbus Junction, Iowa. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University and dual Master’s degrees in Agronomy and Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin.

Elyssa resides in southeast Iowa.