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Mesko To Lead SHP as Senior Director

Mesko To Lead SHP as Senior Director

By SHP Staff on Monday, 14 October, 2019

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to announce John Mesko as Senior Director of the organization. Mesko leads SHP leveraging a farmer-focused mission, a strong internal team and a growing community of collaboration.  

Mesko is expanding the resource base for the important work of building soil health and creating a sustainable future for farming and food. 

“The national discussion about soil health in agriculture has ushered improvements in farming practices with the potential to mitigate climate change, revitalize rural communities, and feed the world. The Soil Health Partnership’s leading work of bringing together nonprofit, government, and commercial interests in support of farmer-led understanding and promotion of these practices is at the heart of this discussion,” Mesko said.

The SHP network now spans over 16 states and 100 partner organizations at the federal, state and county levels including state government, commodity associations, nonprofits, foundations and private companies. 

“I am thrilled to serve with such an outstanding, motivated group of experts at SHP, and grateful for the support and encouragement of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA),” commented Mesko.

“We are eager to have John Mesko lead the program and the strong SHP national team to continue building on the success of the past five years. John’s extensive background in agriculture is an asset to SHP and the farmers we serve. SHP is a vital, farmer led program, that is supported by a diverse group of organizations including our founding members: The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund and Bayer,” commented Nathan Fields, NCGA Vice President, Production and Sustainability. 

John previously served as the Development Director for SHP. 

He holds a BS degree in Agronomy and a MS degree in Agricultural Economics, both from Purdue University.  His diverse career in agriculture includes successful experience in sales, marketing, research, business development, farm management, university extension, and nonprofit management.

He grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Minnesota, gaining a passion for farming and tremendous respect for farmers.

John resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has two daughters and enjoys competitive indoor rowing.

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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.

Media Contact:

Stacie McCracken, SHP Communications Lead, mccracken@ncga.com