The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to announce Kristin Poley as the Michigan Research Manager. Poley will be in a joint research position with the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM), The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, and SHP with the primary responsibility to build research partnerships to answer key soil health and water quality questions.
“Agriculture in this era presents challenges to growers, markets, and the general public,” said Kristin. “Being able to work as part of a team that takes a focus on sustainability to overcome those challenges makes me really excited to get to work.”
“Soil health is the key to the future of sustainable and productive farming in Michigan,” noted Mary Fales, The Nature Conservancy’s program director for Saginaw Bay. “The Nature Conservancy is proud to play a role in this partnership, designed to bring more soil health research to Michigan. “
In her role at CMPM, Poley will manage the research portfolio and grant program as well as help organize the annual Great Lakes Crop Summit.
At SHP, Poley will work closely with lead scientist, Maria Bowman and will be the liaison for the SHP expansion into Michigan, augmenting the existing site, and supporting analysis of data already being collected throughout the multi-state network. It is critical to locate partnering farms in the state to generate soil health data that’s meaningful for local farmers.
Poley obtained her bachelor’s degree in fishery and wildlife biology and master’s degree in Entomology from Michigan State University. She resides in St. Johns, Michigan with her husband, Nathan on a few acres raising chickens, geese, and ducks.
About the Soil Health Partnership
The Soil Health Partnership is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm. For more information, visit https://soilhealthpartnership.org.